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Adventures Of Santa Claus

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again! Christmas-style, even!

Last week, we covered Rankin/Bass’ origin story for the Big Guy with Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town from 1970. Later Rankin/Bass specials seemed to stay in continuity with that version. But this time, they went with something quite different.

L. Frank Baum, best known known for creating the Wonderful Wizard Of Oz and related stories, included Santa in his extended fantasy world-building. He put the rising Claus in a faerie forest that was more Narnia or Middle Earth than we were used to seeing for our jolly sleigh jockey.

Though the two Animagic Santa origin specials were made 15 years apart, the first one was repeated every year and was heart-canon for kids. This contradictory backstory went over like a lead balloon. Even though it does have more satisfying (albeit mostly implied) badassery on the part of Santa’s pagan allies.

This 1985 telefilm was the final Animagic stop-action production.  The full title is The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Rankin/Bass would hang on a while longer with flat animation, including the Thundercats and Silverhawks of all things. More from the OldHorseman.


The Night Before Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve. We celebrate with a little Tom and Jerry in their 1941 short The Night Before Christmas. Co-directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, The Night Before Christmas was nominated for the Oscar for best short animation of 1941. It lost to Disney’s Lend A Paw, starring Mickey Mouse.

Schiff Hits The Fan

Adam Schiff as Schiff T. Coyote tries to nail down the Trump Runner in a new PolitiZoid animation, inspired by the original Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cartoons.

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Joe’s Fiction

The Bidens got rich while Americans got robbed. What’s in the briefcase? More from PolitiZoid.

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Uncle Joe Tells A Story

Here, stand-up comedian Thomas Shillue offers his parody of Joe Biden telling a story.

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Michael Bloomberg is so busy lecturing farmers he doesn’t notice an incoming blast from rival Joe Biden. More animated fun from Tiberius Maximus.

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The Odd Couple

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders resurface in a Democratic Party remake of The Odd Couple. More from The United Front.

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Excellent Democratic Road Trip

Nancy Pelosi awakens from her slumbering crypt to lead an excellent Democratic road trip. Among her fellow travelers: Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, journalist Jim Acosta and Nathan Phillips. More from cartoonist Tiberius Maximus.

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Viva La Beto 2020

Beto chilling out with his Mexican homies. Won’t be long before they fire up some mota. More from The United Spot.

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Here’s a second ode to Beto, featuring him and Willie Nelson crooning “Buff My Country Balls.” Natch, it’s from The United Spot.

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Vincent Vendetta reports on CNN cover-ups? Plus did Beto O’Rourke pay his own company with campaign funds?

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Notre Dame Collapses

The spire of the iconic Paris Notre Dame Cathedral has collapsed as a result of a major fire that engulfed the roof of the landmark tourist attraction an hour earlier. As the fire raged on Monday, the building began collapsing. More from RT.

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Stefan Molyneux offers a philosophical essay on Notre Dame Cathedral, its 800-year-plus history and its rich art collection.

Here is drone footage of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris France and the neighboring Seine River. The aerial filming was done in 2014 with a DJI Phantom 2 Gopro Hero 3 Black, from Pont des Amoureux and the Love Lock Bridge.

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EntertheStars Reloaded reports on the Notre Dame fire and how this conflagration was foretold in the animated short I, Pet Goat II by Canadian artist Louis Lefebvre. EntertheStars believes this was no accident, but a case of arson. The question: Who was behind the arson?

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Here is I, Pet Goat II. Released in 2012, the seven-minute short seems to depict both the 9-11 disaster and the burning of Notre Dame. The film takes a critical look at current events. A mysterious figure travels aboard his boat through a dark and desolate landscape in his quest for inner peace.

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Twitter Reimagined

FreedomToons reimagines the monumental Joe Rogan interview with Tim Pool and Jack Dorsey.

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