To help you get into the holiday spirit, for the next 12 days, we'll provide you with one classic holiday TV clip. We've scoured through our archives and your comments on our story in which we asked you to name your favorite holiday episodes, and came up with a list of dazzling, heartwarming, and totally weird holiday clips. And instead of sharing the same ol' episodes we've all seen (don't get us wrong, we're totally down with some Festivus and Holiday Armadillo) we erred on the side of strange and obscure to keep things interesting.
Day 8: Sanrio's Nutcracker Fantasy
What Christmas special gave you the most nightmares as a child? Be honest. Because American society has conspired to make children think Santa is real, it stands to reason that some of our first nightmarish entertainment experiences may have involved Christmas-themed ideas, the one time a year when the fantastical comes true. Many of my friends cite certain sequences from Gremlins or a chance basic cable encounter with Silent Night, Deadly Night as some of their most traumatic Christmas experiences. Here's mine: The Nutcracker Fantasy, a 1980 claymation special produced by Japanese toy company Sanrio (makers of Hello Kitty) which aired on network television when I was about six years old. For the most part it's a loose adaptation of the classic Nutcracker fairytale, but with one horrifying modification: its two-minute opening prologue involving, well, you'll see:
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