Advent Calendar House

Garfield’s Thanksgiving

We end our countdown to Christmas in July by badly dancing back to 1989 to celebrate the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season in “Garfield’s Thanksgiving,” the clear bronze medalist of Garfield’s holiday trilogy, thanks to Jon Arbuckle going from goofy pet owner to gaslighting, mansplaining, hopelessly inept creep. On This Episode Mike Westfall…

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G.I. Joe: Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town

S-s-season’s greetings-s-s! You better watch out, because today we’re kindly rewinding back to a 1985 Christmas episode of “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” entitled “Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town!” On This Episode Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), rambunctious Navy SEAL looking for a meaningful relationship with a large slab of frozen meat. Joey O. (@ImGonnaDJ24),…

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The Stingiest Man in Town

On another Scrooge Sunday edition of the Advent Calendar House, we fly back in time to 1978 to revisit Rankin/Bass’s turn at “A Christmas Carol,” “The Stingiest Man in Town.” On This Episode Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), your ghost host of Christmases Past and Present. Michael DiGiovanni (@theatomicgeeks), the scariest door knocker in all of Scroogedom,…

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The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold

Sail back to 1981 with us as we dig up Rankin/Bass’s penultimate and possibly most obscure stop-motion Christmas special ever, “The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold,” which may or may not only exist because they had the rights to “Christmas in Killarney” and needed someplace to put it. On This Episode Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), tiny but prolific…

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Super Mario Bros. Super Show: Koopa Klaus / Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush

Hey, paisanos! We warp back to 1989 for a double dose of Christmas segments from “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show” — the live-action “Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush,” featuring Santa losing his “transportation” in Brooklyn; and the animated “Koopa Klaus,” featuring a plot to… freeze the North Pole. On This Episode Mike Westfall…

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The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t

It’s the 13th of July, so it’s time for the Advent Calendar House to unearth one of our favorite Halloween haunts, 1979’s “The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t,” starring an exceptionally great Judd Hirsch as Count Dracula. On This Episode Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), Transylvanian mother who apparently needs two whole days apply my kids’ costume makeup….

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Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas

Go-go Gadget podcast! It’s time to spring back to 1992 to take “Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas” in for questioning. On This Episode Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), toy ninja pig that’s somehow defective despite sounding awesome. Chad Young (@horrormoviebbq), a sentient doll with extra arms, from the Horror Movie BBQ. Topics and Tangents Nick Knacks, a YouTube…

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Deck the Halls with Wacky Walls

We’re slowly slinking sideways back to 1983 to celebrate the time someone literally threw an idea at the wall to see if it would stick. It’s “Deck the Halls with Wacky Walls,” an animated Christmas special about Wacky WallWalkers. But first, we need to talk about the man behind the WallWalkers, Dr. Fad. On This…

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The Tale of the Bunny Picnic

Hello, sunshine! We hop back to Easter 1986 to revisit the Jim Henson special “The Tale of the Bunny Picnic,” which is about neither Easter, nor a bunny picnic, but it did introduce Bean Bunny, the Muppets’ Nermal. On This Episode Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), giant mutant farmer who apparently knows a great recipe for a…

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The Real Ghostbusters: Xmas Marks the Spot

July 5, 2020, means another Scrooge Sunday episode of the Advent Calendar House, as we’re swept through a rip in the space-time continuum back to 1986 for a Christmas Carol-themed episode of “The Real Ghostbusters,” who accidentally save Scrooge from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in “Xmas Marks the Spot.” On This…

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