Wednesday, December 8, 2010

There's a NEW Claymation Christmas Episode coming!

I was given the opportunity to preview the new Claymation "Community" Christmas episode tonight and requested to blog my thoughts on the show.  I wasn't really sure what to expect since I've never seen the show "Community" sitcom.  

The new Claymation Christmas episode is similar to the old Christmas shows "Frosty the Snowman", "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and the "Easter Bunny" show (sorry don't remember the name of that one).  The story is based on one of the characters wondering what the meaning of Christmas is and his friends are worried about him and decide to try to help him.  Why?  Because he is Muslim, wondering what Christmas is all about.  

This is not your typical Christmas special.  The characters in the show are Christian, Jewish, Muslim and I think one of them may even be atheist (although that's never said, it was just a feeling I got).  There is no mention of faith except in one phrase sung by Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) who sings about Baby Jesus.  The only mention of the Jewish faith is pointing out the Menorah and of course the main character in this particular episode is Muslim.  That is the extent of talking about the True Meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and Ramadan.

I didn't particularly like the show or not.  It was a relief that there wasn't a lot of language or sexual innuendo (can you imagine?).  It's just a light comedy about Christmas and a shallow discussion of what "Christmas" is.  I wouldn't worry about kids watching the show - they'll probably enjoy the Claymation and watching a new holiday special.

Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas (rated PG) 
Thursday night December 9th (8/7pm) on NBC. 

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Disclosure: As a member of One2OneNetwork, I received a special advance preview of this show.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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