Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Will Vinton's Claymation Christmas Celebration


Our Christmas festivities continue with this awesomely animated special, Will Vinton's Claymation Christmas Celebration.

Will Vinton's Claymation studios made a big splash in the entertainment world in the late 80s thanks to his wildly popular advertising campaign for California Raisins and his unique method of stop-motion animation. In December 1987, CBS devoted a full hour to this Christmas special, which I fell in love with upon my first viewing. It includes an odd couple of dinosaurs, a bell who's lost his dinger, the Raisins (of course), and one of the best renditions of "Joy To The World" I've ever heard and seen.

This special wasn't rerun all that often after its first airing, and is hard to find. Enjoy!

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