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Sonic Christmas Blast (originally titled An X-Tremely Sonic Christmas) is a 1996 Christmas television special originally aired on the USA Network, spun off from the animated series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which itself was based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. Christmas Eve has come to Robotropolis, and everyone in town has gathered around the Jumbotron in the middle of the square to see Santa Claus (actually a robot duplicate) make a very important announcement - he's retiring. He claims to have found a "perfect replacement" in the form of Robotnik Claus (Dr. Robotnik in a Santa suit), who says that he is making a few slight changes to the holiday. The kids who don't know any better line up in the mall to sit on Robotnik's lap, only to find out that he is demand the children to give him presents for Christmas. Meanwhile, Sonic, after having a talk with Princess Sally, goes to meet up with his buddy Tails, whom he recruits to help him find some Christmas presents for Sally. This confuses the little fox, because Sonic just agreed with Sally that they wouldn't get each other anything this year. Sonic explains that he and Sally made this same agreement last year, but she ended up getting Sonic a bunch of cool stuff anyway, like a ring on his finger with a mysterious squiggle mark. Sonic, on the other hand, took the "no presents" agreement seriously and got Sally nothing last year. This year, though, he has figured out that when a girl say she wants "no presents, she really means two stores full." (more...)
- Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, died from ALS at the age of 57 on November 26th.
- Comics legend Stan Lee, who co-created such Marvel Comics superheroes as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, and the Incredible Hulk, and made cameo appearances in almost every Marvel movie to date, died at the age of 95 on November 12th.
- Carroll Spinney, who has been performing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for the past 49 years, officially announced his retirement on October 17th. We at the Christmas Specials Wiki wish him well!
- Stop-motion pioneer Will Vinton died on October 4th at the age of 70. Best known for creating the California Raisins, former Domino's Pizza mascot the Noid, and the current M&M's Spokescandies, he produced and directed the Emmy-winning special A Claymation Christmas Celebration and the 1980 short A Christmas Gift.
- To compete with the Disney channels' 25 Days of Christmas, the AMC network is launching their own month-long marathon of Yuletide programming, which they call Best Christmas Ever. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf, The Polar Express, and the post-1974 Rankin/Bass library (all of which previously aired as part of the 25 Days of Christmas) will be moving to this new programming event, which has also been confirmed to feature the original Miracle on 34th Street, Gremlins, Jingle All the Way, and the DreamWorks Animation Christmas specials.
- Rankin/Bass historian Rick Goldschmidt, who wrote The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: A Portfolio and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Making of the Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic, is now bringing out a book about the making of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (as well as the 1966 feature film The Daydreamer), coming September 21st.
- Actor/director Burt Reynolds died at the age of 82 on September 6th. Known for his leading roles in such films as Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit and for being the original voice of Charlie Barkin from All Dogs Go to Heaven, he also voiced the adult Tommy Tinkerton in The Legend of Frosty the Snowman and Buster in A Magic Christmas.
- Actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson, who played Robbie Rotten on LazyTown and also performed as the Grinch in the Broadway musical version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! from 2008 to 2015, died at the age of 43 on August 21st.
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- Day 1: In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the title character is the son of which one of Santa's reindeer from The Night Before Christmas?
- Day 2: What other episodes of Fraggle Rock accompanied "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" on the A Merry Fraggle Holiday DVD release?
- Day 3: In "11 Louds a Leapin'", which one of Lincoln's sisters was trying to catch a reindeer to keep as a pet?
- Day 4: Who was the voice of Frosty's wife Crystal?
- Day 5: In Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too, what item did Christopher Robin want for Christmas?
- Day 6: What was the name of the toys that the Purple Dragons were trying to steal in "The Christmas Aliens"?
- Day 7: In Yogi's First Christmas, what song do Yogi and the gang try to rehearse for the Jellystone Lodge's Christmas party?
- Day 8: What was the previous name of Freeform's Kickoff to Christmas programming event?
- Day 9: What is the name of the flu that continually affects the characters in A Flintstones' Christmas Carol?
- Day 10: The song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was originally featured in which MGM musical film?
- Day 11: Who played Buddy in the 2010 Broadway stage musical adaptation of Elf?
- Day 12: Which song originally from the 1966 animated adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! did not appear in the 2000 live-action version or the 2018 CGI film?
- Day 13: What real-life locomotive is the Polar Express based on?
- Day 14: What was the name of the three-legged elf in "Rocko's Modern Christmas!: Can't Squeeze Cheer From a Cheese Log!"?
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