I Have a Hunch that We Should Rename It Cacophony of the Bells

I love “Carol of the Bells.” It was always one of the Christmas carols I would play when I was still taking piano lessons. I love the way it crescendos. However, I ran across this monstrosity and felt compelled to make it a Christmas Spirit Failure even though it’s usually a Christmas Spirit Winner. There are so many things wrong with this that I’m not sure where to begin.

First, claymation is scary. (See prior post.) Second, why does this even exist and what Christmas special is it a part of? Third, why do the bells have faces? Why are they wearing bow ties? And why are they hitting themselves? Fourth, Quasimodo? Really? The narrator thinks he’s being so clever by saying that he has a “hunch” that the performance will be good. I just don’t get it. The whole premise of this is stupid. To cap it all off the “hosts” of this Christmas special appear to be dinosaurs with bad senses of humor. For a nicer rendition of this song click here.

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    Lindsay Says:

    It is from the California Raisins Claymation Christmas special, the same one that included them singing Ruldolf the Red Nose Reindeer.

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    Lindsay Says:

    Oh, and the entire special is different claymation renditions of songs, so you could have a field day. It includes Joy to the World, Oh Christmas Tree, Here We Come Wassailing, and one with Walruses ice skating, but I can’t recall what song they are ice skating to. The Joy to the World is actually not claymation and one of the first computer animated shorts I ever saw.

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    Lindsay Says:

    Sorry for the multiple posts, but I just remembered the name: Claymation Christmas. Clever that.


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