…and I’m saving it for Christmas Eve. I love Christmas themed shows, especially around the holidays.
My favorite Christmas themed series show EVER? Eureka’s special cartoon Christmas episode: Do You See What I See?! If you’ve never watched this episode, you should definitely take the time. It is still my favorite and I have a feeling it will stay my favorite for many years to come.
If you have Prime at Amazon, you can watch it now. If you don’t, both a standard definition and HD version is available for purchase.
Seriously, the episode’s a classic already.
Sheriff Carter (Colin Ferguson) and Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) are secretly planning the perfect holiday surprise for their kids. But a mysterious kaleidoscopic wave of color crashes over Eureka, leaving the entire town and its inhabitants animated. The episode features a stellar line up of guest stars lending their voices to a variety of characters, including Emmy Award-winner Jim Parsons, Edward James Olmos, Chris Parnell and Matt Frewer.
My original review of the episode (from my old eureka fan site)
Do You See What I See? has the entire town of Eureka (with a few exceptions) becoming animated. With the help of a Super Photon Generator and a little something extra, Carter, Allison, & the gang end up living out their own cartoon in one of the most inspired, funny, and memorable Christmas episodes I’ve seen from any television series, ever.
Several different styles of animation made an appearance in the episode (see the images to the right), and although I can tell them apart when I see them, I have no expertise when it comes to animation and cartoons so I don’t know enough to identify the techniques or styles. I do know there was traditional drawn animation and stop-motion clay animation in the episode.
Whoever came up with this idea was truly inspired. Although I do generally enjoy holiday specials from the TV shows I watch, I can’t say that I always rewatch in future years. In this case, I see lots of future repeats for myself and my family.
And some screenshots from the show.