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Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa (2002)

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Kind of shocked that this one hasn't been recommended yet. It's a 45-minute CGI-animated special that aired once on The WB in 2002. Somehow they got Mark Hamill, Nancy Cartwright, Grey DeLisle, Jodi Benson (the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid) and Paige O’ Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast) to provide voices. Clearly, that's where all the budget went.

But the first thing that strikes you, other than the terrible title is the quality of the animation. To steal from the great write-up that I learned about this from, "Imagine the worst animation that you've ever seen. Now multiply that by 1,000. It's nightmarish. It's like someone just learning to make CGI made the entire special by themselves. Other highlights/lowlights:


-The plot revolves around the main character trying to win the heart of a girl who would be the materialist "shallow popular girl" in any sane movie. He gives her a teddy bear that his mother gave him, and she throws it away. His heartbreak magically converts her to a great person. This takes place in one of those universes where things thrown away are instantly completely gone, because they never talk about giving it back.

-The title. Oh man that title. It's like two terrible puns had an ugly baby.

-One of the main characters just wears a scarf 24/7 so they don't have to animate his mouth.

-As the title suggests, there's something in it that resembles rapping. About as much as this resembles proper animation. Wooowww.

-Despite being in the title, Santa himself only appears briefly in silhouette.

-Like Mac and Me and several terrible movies before it, it teases a sequel that never got made.

-Best of all, it's all available on YouTube

I realize it's too late to do this for this Christmas, but should be done at some point in the future.

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