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A Scooby-Doo! Christmas, also known as "Ho-Ho-Horrors!" on its Cartoon Network airings, is an animated Christmas special that originally aired on The WB on December 13, 2002, and the second Christmas special for the Scooby-Doo cartoon franchise. Three kids are playing in the snow when they find a giant snowman. One kid dares a kid named Tommy to pull its carrot nose off. Just as Tommy is pulling the carrot out, the snowman suddenly comes to life and, angered about Tommy trying to pull his nose off, scares the kids. Meanwhile, Scooby and the gang are heading to a condo that Daphne's uncle is allowing the gang to stay at. Unfortunately, they find the bridge to the other side is blocked, forcing them to go to a town and ask if there is a detour. By the time they get there, they find the three kids running away and Daphne asks what was that all about. Shaggy points out to the snowman, but Velma finds it harmless. After Fred, Daphne, and Velma leave, the snowman makes an evil look at Scooby and Shaggy, scaring them. Jed sees the gang and is not happy about it. When Daphne mentions Christmas, he tells her not to say it because Winter Hollow doesn't celebrate it due to the Headless Snowman terrorizing the town. Just then, Sheriff Perkins arrive and tells the gang to not listen to Jed. Velma asks her for directions to Mill Corners, but the sheriff tells her long directions of how to get there, leading the gang to stay in Winter Hollow for the night. (more)
- The Jim Henson Company has announced that they are producing a remake of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, to be scripted by songwriter Bret McKenzie (who wrote the songs for the last two Muppet movies).
- Actor Bill Macy died at the age of 97 on October 17th. Best known for his role as Walter Findlay in Maude (including its Christmas episodes), he also played Doo-Dah in Surviving Christmas and Ernie in The Holiday.
- DreamWorks Animation has announced that their latest Christmas special, How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming, is premiering simultaneously on DVD and on NBC on December 3rd.
- Legendary comedian Rip Taylor, whose movie credits included a cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and voicing the Venus flytrap in A Flintstones' Christmas Carol, died at the age of 85 on October 6th.
- Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actress who was best known as Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty and its spin-off The Colbys, and who also appeared in The Star Wars Holiday Special, died at age 84 on October 4th.
- Animation producer and director Alan Zaslove died on October 3rd at the age of 92. Best known for producing and directing some of the Disney Afternoon shows of the 1980s and 90s, he was also an animator on A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Night Before Christmas (the 1968 version), and A Chipmunk Christmas, and later directed for several Hanna-Barbera shows in the 1980s, such as the syndicated revival of The Jetsons (including its Christmas episode).
- Eddie Money, the classic rock legend who sang "Everybody Loves Christmas" in The Santa Clause 2, died at age 70 on September 13th.
- John Wesley, known for his roles on such shows as Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and who provided the voice of Michael's father in A Hollywood Hounds Christmas, died at age 72 on September 8th.
- Robert Axelrod, who provided the voices for Lord Zedd and Finster on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (including its Christmas episode), died at the age of 70 on September 7th.
- Valerie Harper, known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Rhoda, died at the age of 80 on August 30th.
- Animation director Richard Williams died at the age of 86 on August 16th. Best known for directing, co-writing, and co-producing The Thief and the Cobbler, and for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Williams also directed and produced the 1971 version of A Christmas Carol and Ziggy's Gift.
- Viacom is acquiring Paws, Inc. for Nickelodeon, bringing Garfield under the same company as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rugrats, The Loud House, and Rocko's Modern Life.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman will be making their cable debut on the 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform this holiday season.
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