Wednesday, December 30, 2009

After-Christmas Christmas Specials

Ah well, so it's a little late... but the 12 days of Christmas go until January 6th, right? So there's still time to squeeze this in!

Everybody knows and loves the Peanuts holiday special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." That goes without saying. And who could forget "How the Grinch Stole Christmas?" But I figure, as an animation afficionado I should point to some other cartoon Christmas specials that may get overlooked from year to year, but are nonetheless entertaining! Check them out if you're in need of a little post-Christmas holiday cheer. :)

Prep & Landing - this is 2009's freshly unwrapped special from Disney, and is quite fun! Hulu's only got it until January 1st though, so check it out soon!

Phineas and Ferb's Christmas Vacation - If you've never seen Phineas and Ferb on the Disney channel, I highly recommend it! It's one of the few current cartoons both me and my husband both enjoy watching. Their Christmas special is just as slick as any of their other episodes.

Olive the Other Reindeer - Ok, so the animation's not Pixar quality or anything, but this is an inventive special for the younger crowd produced by Matt Groening of Simpsons fame.

'Twas the Fight Before Christmas - Ah, the Powerpuff Girls. :) What would the holidays be without a little bit of baddy bashing?

The Very First Noel - I saw this cute film at the Religious Education Congress a few years back and fell in love with their character and art design! It's a neat way to introduce kids to the Nativity story. You'll have to get the DVD from to see the whole thing, but I'd say it's a worthy investment and supports independent animation. :)

What animated Christmas specials do you recommend?

End of 2009 already?

How time flies! Work has been busy, and a side project has been keeping me busy in my free time as well (as any YouTube followers may have noticed). We finally released a trailer for the game I'm working on, which you can see here:

My main contribution to the trailer was the ATV shots (a few other random things as well). There will be lots more to see later! I'm really hoping this latest effort does well. The team is enthusiastic and of course we have something to prove since Call of Duty currently leads the pack in FPSes.

Anyway. Like last year I found some time to draw a card for my mom's birthday (which falls near Christmas). I went for a sort of classic storybook style this time: