It’s Glo! We learn how to selectively melt only certain ice we’re radiating near with Hasbro’s hive of bioluminescent bugs in 1985’s “The Glo Friends Save Christmas,” starring Carroll O’Connor as Santa and Sally Struthers as Blanche, the Wicked Witch of the North Pole, who exists and is jealous of Santa’s publicity. Take notes, Great Pumpkin… or, perhaps, don’t.
On This Episode
- Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), the moose that ate Garfield.
- Erin Evans (@mserinmevans), the North Pole’s resident G.L.O.W. friend.
- Joey O. (@ImGonnaDJ24), her talking accessory from Y-Not Radio and Words With Nerds.
Topics and Tangents
- Like many Christmas specials, this is a pilot for an eventual series that aired alongside the original “My Little Pony” animated series.
- A helpful guide to identifying every Glo Friend.
- Nancy Cartwright was the voice of Baby Glo Worm in the series, but in this pilot, it’s Laurie O’Brien doing her Baby Piggy voice.
- Joey interviews Pat Fraley, the voice of Glo Worm here, on his portrayal of Krang.
- Glo Worm’s purple outfit here, as opposed to the original toy’s green outfit, was apparently a “source of controversy,” according to Wikipedia.
- Can all antlered mammals fly if you go far enough north?
- Blanche’s spell to cast the unnamed Moose (Lorenzo Music doing a weird, nervous lisp instead of his usual Resting Garfield Voice™) into the “Nowhere Zone” just puts him “over there a little ways.”
- A caged Santa sings “The What If There’s No Christmas Blues,” the least bluesy blues song ever, while his reindeer do Rockettes kicks.
- Every obstacle the Glo Friends run into is resolved before they have time to get interesting.
Previous Episodes of This Podcast Mentioned
- Season 1, Episode 2: A Muppet Family Christmas
- Season 2, Episode 6: A Garfield Christmas Special
- Season 2, Episode 7: Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration
- Season 2, Episode 10: McDonald’s Holiday Commercials
- Season 2, Bonus: The Muppets Valentine Show
After This Episode
“The Glo Friends Save Christmas” ©1985 Hasbro, Inc.