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Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz
Green Lantern/John Stewart
When Hawkgirl and Green Lantern are playing in the snow, Hawkgirl's hair is noticeably lighter.
How does Hawkgirl know about the planet with the bar? It can't be from when she was on Thanagar - they've established it's too far away for GL to fly to. Between when she arrived on Earth and joined the League, she didn't have a spaceship. And since then...the League only has one spaceship as far as they've ever said. Did she just take it out for a spin looking for bars on alien planets? What if they needed it for a mission while she was gone? (Notice that GL had to fly her there.)
When Hawkgirl asks for two drinks, she first grabs the one to the bartender's left. However, when we switch "cameras," it is the right one she grabbed, and the overflowing foam has mysteriously shifted.
Shelley Fabares' name is misspelled "Shelly" in the end credits.
Pa Kent: We used to wrap his presents in lead foil so he couldn't peak.
Superman: You mean Santa wrapped them.
Ma Kent: Oh, of course, dear.
Flash: I made Gorilla Grodd cry uncle – I'm sure Rubber Ducky won't be a problem.
Ultra-Humanite: I'm improving (the toy).
Flash: It's not going to blow up or anything, is it?
Ultra-Humanite: Flash . . . it is Christmas.
Ultra-Humanite: An improvement, wouldn't you say?
Flash: I kinda liked it when it made the poopy noise. (pause) But this is good, too.
Ultra-Humanite: (The children)'d been better off with a book. I suggest Voltaire.
Ma Kent: Have you been eating, dear? You look thin.
Superman: Oh, Maaa...
Flash: Hey kids! Santa-Flash is back! Along with my special helper, Freaky Snowman!
Ultra-Humanite: Just give them the toy and take me to jail.
Flash: But why did you hit me?
Ultra-Humanite: You hit me first. Hand me that screwdriver, will you?
Hawkgirl: (to Green Lantern) You fly through space all the time, but sliding down a snowy hill makes you shriek like a child?
Green Lantern: It's a snow angel – see my wings?
Hawkgirl: Right . . .
Green Lantern: This is insane!
Hawkgirl: Oh yeah, isn't it great? Much better than a snowball fight!
Green Lantern: Oh, much.
This episode was nominated for a Annie Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production.
First shown in New Zealand (on free-to-air TV) on December 25th as a single episode.
Character bios: Ultra-Humanite
This episode takes place before "Wild Cards," and was merely relocated in the airing order so it premiered closer to Christmas. When the series was shown in the UK, the episode was in its correct position, before "Wild Cards" - and the story evidences that this is the case, as Hawkgirl and Green Lantern are not "together" romantically in it (which they would be if it took place after "Wild Cards") even though HG sneaks a peck on GL's cheek at the end.
This is the first time the series producers have done a one-part episode.
The first time this episode aired, to fill the hour-long "special" air time the Cartoon Network aired "Holiday Knights," the Batman Gotham Knights x-mas special.
This is the first time we see J'onn assume the human form that he uses in the comics in his guise of "John Jones," police detective.
Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares reprise their roles as Ma and Pa Kent from Superman: The Animated Series. Ian Buchanan reprises his role of the Ultra-Humanite from the first season episode "Injustice For All".
J'onn eats an Oreo cookie - an in-joke reference to the Giffen era Justice League where we discover the Martian Manhunter has a craving for the black-and-white treats.
Supergirl, who lives with Martha and Jonathan Kent in Smallville, is mentioned as being away skiing with Barbara. This is most likely Barbara Gordon, aka: Batgirl. The two met in the Batman episode "Girls' Nite Out". You can also see Kara in the Kent family photo.
Aired early on YTV Canada on December 8 2003
Paul Dini, Bruce Timm's partner on projects such as the WB animated Superman, Batman, and Batman Beyond series, returns.
Batman and Wonder Woman don't appear in this episode.
That Darn Cat!
The cat that visits J'onn (presumably Kara's) looks suspiciously like Streaky the Supercat, a beloved (??) pre-Crisis part of the Superman mythos. It looks a bit more mangled and scrawny then Streaky ever did - in fact, it looks a bit like the cat that Power Girl (originally a Earth-2 version of Supergirl) has as a pet in the current post-Crisis DC universe.
J'onn's Christmas Gift
The sweater that the Kent's give J'onn for Christmas has a single horizontal zig-zag stripe pattern on it - seemingly a reference to Charlie Brown, another character who is also searching for the "true" meaning of Christmas in the animated classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Based on Charles Shultz's Peanuts comic strip, the popular holiday cartoon has been shown on television every year during the Christmas holidays since 1965 and aired on CBS the same night this episode premiered.
Saunders Family Connection?
In DC Comics, Kendra Saunders is the name of the current Hawkgirl, Shayera Hol's successor (sort of - it's a loonnngg story). The name of the orphanage lady is also "Saunders" - probably an in-joke gag.
Starting in Detective #311 and following him into House of Mystery, J'onn J'onzz had an alien sidekick named Zook. He appears briefly in this episode as the orange stuffed animal the camera pans to for several seconds on Kara's bed.
Among the other "aliens" you can see outside the cantina are Swamp Thing (albeit somewhat orangish), a Jack Kirby-style Frankenstein's monster, and a Edward G. Robinson version of either MODOK (from Marvel) or Slimer (Ghostbusters) or some mix of both. A very strange addition is Edward G. Robinson's head on a robot body floating by.
Everybody in the Bar: Shayera!
Alluding to the TV series Cheers, where Norm would walk in and say hi and get a unanimous response of everyone saying his name.
Ultrahumanite: I suggest Voltaire.
Voltaire was one of the greatest thinkers of the Enlightenment. And like the Ultra-Humanite, thought negatively of human nature.
Hawk Man and Lion Man: passing in the background
Two alien characters passing behind GL and Hawkgirl look suspiciously like a Lion Man and a Hawk Man from the Flash Gordon comic strip, movie, Filmation TV series, etc. Having a "Hawk Man" from a different cartoon may also be an in-joke reference to the DC "Hawkman", a version of which will be appearing in Star-Crossed.
Ultrahumanite/DJ Rubber Ducky: Little Clara had just received a beautiful toy Nutcracker...
The book that Ultra-Humanite has programmed DJ Rubber Ducky to read to the children is The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman and later turned into a ballet by Tchaikovsky.
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