Season 4 Episode 1


Aired Daily 2:00 PM Dec 06, 1996 on Nickelodeon
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Special: After Grandma Minka tells some of the story of Chanukah, Grandpa Boris was infuriated after hearing that at last minute, Boris was replaced by an old rival for the role of King Antiochus, "...the meaning of Chanukah" in a Chanukah play. The babies are convinced that the rival is "the meany of Chanukah" and the babies are determined to get the "meany", while Stu makes a mechanical menorah (candlabre to put the eight candles of Chanukah), he has to go all the way to the synagogue where the play is at to bring his menorah.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Boris has different eyes starting in this episode. In the previous seasons he's appeared, he had tinier eyes with only the eyebrows indicating where the eyes begin.

    • Just when Angelica and the babies were reaching toward the janitor's TV next to the Synagogue day care center, the same scream Angelica made after she rode off with Susie's tricycle in "Tricycle Thief" can be heard when she was off balance.

    • The "menorah" that Schlomo puts the oil on is a "Hanukkiah".
      The difference between the two is that a menorah is a 7-branch candle holder (the one in the temple scenes is a menorah), and a hanukkiah is a a 9-branch candle holder.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (4)

    • The animation in this special is noticeably different from previous and subsequent Rugrats episodes. The mood is shown to be somewhat darker, with realistic shadowing effects, and more fast movements, very similar to Klasky-Csupo's other Nickelodeon series at the time, Aaahh! Real Monsters. Additionally, for the remainder of the series, Grandpa Boris's eyes are now redesigned, as being shown with sclera around his pupils instead of just being pupils as in prior episodes, and Phil is also now drawn with earlobes.

    • This is the first episode not to use the regular title card. Instead, in this episode, there is a blue "Chanukah" in a black background with sacred music.

    • "Chanukah" is the first of the new episodes of Rugrats, made after the original Rugrats show ended production in 1994 with the "Passover" episode airing as the last.
      Episodes after "Passover" are made by Nick.

    • According to the Unoffical Rugrats Online, when Stu and Grandpa end up being in the holiday parade, "Let It Snow" originally played in the background. In 1999, they changed the background music to "Deck The Halls" due to rights issues with the original music.