Others might disagree, but I believe Son of Stimpy (or Stimpy’s First Fart) should be ranked with the finest holiday TV specials. Here’s a breakdown that explains how it came to be.
How could this 1978 TV special be one of the first musical adaptations of Dickens’ Christmas Carol when so many other Scrooge musicals seem to have come before it?
Ugly art, extremely limited animation, minimal characterizations, a sickening amount of gore, risqué dialogue and unbelievably inappropriate music. Have I missed anything?
Columbia’s best shot at actually winning an Oscar was when ‘The Little Match Girl’ received a nomination in 1937. Directed by Art Davis, this adaptation is surprisingly poignant.
EDITOR: JERRY BECK
Jerry Beck is a writer, animation producer, college professor and author of more than 15 books on animation history. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He has curated cartoons for DVD and blu-ray compilations and has lent his expertise to dozens of bonus documentaries and audio commentaries on such. Beck is on the faculty of both Woodbury University in Burbank and Cal Arts in Valencia. More about Jerry Beck [Click Here]