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Monday, December 06, 2010

Community Christmas...

When I think of stop motion animation and claymation, I think of classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town. When figures made out of clay were shot pose by pose and frame by frame without the help of computers. A lot has changed since then but one thing remains the same-'the spirit of Christmas'.

On Thursday, December 9th at 8:00 pm ET/7pm CST NBC and the "Community" a smart comedy series about a band of misfits attending Greendale Community College starring Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong and Chevy Chase are bringing the spirit of not only stop motion animation and claymation to life but also the 'spirit of Christmas."

'As the group sits around in study group a school official is announcing on a ghetto blaster that while it is a "Special Time of Year," their school does not acknowledge any "Special Time of Year." While they do have a Constitutional Right to participate in any type of celebration of their choosing it has to be done so in 'designated holiday zones.'
Abed(a Muslim) has always been a fan of Christmas and thinks that 'This year Christmas is going to be the most important Christmas in the history of Christmas.' Abed then points out that they are stop motion animated the others are in denial and disbelief. While the group thinks that Abed has gone 'crazy' and ask what they can do to help him in his 'situation.' Abed then thinks the reason he and the others have been turn into stop motion animation is to find the real reason of Christmas. While the others try to convince him that he is delusional they lie to him to get him into a group therapy session with the dean and undergo 'Christmasnosis.' The group along with their psych professor(a Christmas Wizard)descend to 'Christmasnosis' and unto 'Planet Abed' where the group is transformed into Christmas versions of themselves. Jeff-in-the-box, Troy Soldier, Britta Bot, Teddy Pierce, BellarAnnie and Baby doll Shirley.
The group continues to amuse Abed while on a journey through a wonderland in his mind to find the meaning of Christmas. They not only embark on this journey with Abed but end up finding out more about themselves and the 'Spirit of Christmas' then they imagined.
The show contains some *Adult Content* so I wouldn't recommend it for children.
I am not only excited to see the show in all of it's entirety but can not wait to see how the stop motion has transformed 'Community' into a clay mation-stop motion animation musical! It is sarcastic, funny, hypocritical, touching and yet still keeps with the spirit of the season. It also gives us the perspective of people who otherwise don't celebrate or celebrate differently and how they are willing to go on a mission to discover why the 'Spirit of the Season' exists and have their friends a long with all of their exaggerated life experiences for the ride!

*Disclosure:I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are that of my own & others' may differ. In posting my review I am entered into a prize drawing through One2OneNetwork.*
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