Tis the season when TV outlets dip into Santa’s bag and pull out the animated holiday programs. Tonight sees a host of fairly recent productions sprinkle the pixie dust and take to the airwaves.
Tonight at 8:00 ET/PT, the WB network will air Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, the three-year-old animated special based on Randy Brooks’ goofy holiday song that has become a December playlist staple for radio stations around the world.
Directed by Phil Roman, Grandma follows young Jake Spankenheimer on the quest of a lifetime to track down his missing grandmother on Christmas Eve and prove that Santa Claus is indeed real. Michele Lee (Knots Landing) provides the voice of Jake’s greedy Cousin, Mel, and recording artist Elmo Shropshire provides the narration for this hour-long romp.
Over on Cartoon Network tonight, Olive the Other Reindeer takes another run at 8:30 p.m., following the 8:00 p.m. broadcast of The New Scooby Doo Mysteries: "The Nutcracker Scoob."
Exec. produced by Simpsons Creator Matt Groening, Olive tells the story of a dog who hears that a reindeer injury is keeping Santa from making his usual Christmas rounds and travels to North Pole to volunteer as a replacement. The hour-long special stars Drew Barrymore as the voice of Olive and also features the voice talents of Dan Castellenata (The Simpsons), Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos), Ed Asner (Elf), Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live), Jay Mohr (Last Comic Standing), Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal), R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show).
Following Olive at 9:30 p.m. is 12 Tiny Christmas Tales, in which acclaimed animator Bill Plympton (Plymptoons, Mutant Aliens) puts his unconventional spin on a story of three precocious children who pester their grandmother for holiday stories. She obliges, but as the evening wears on, the stories get weirder and weirder.