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A Cosmic Christmas

Episode Summary

We’re teaching aliens about Christmas again, but this time, George Lucas is watching. Guest: Jeff Fox (Name That Christmas Special). Find links and extended show notes at:

Episode Notes

By special request, this episode of the official podcast of teaching aliens about Christmas takes you on a domesticated goose chase back to 1977 through the first fully animated feature by Canadian studio Nelvana.  

Full show notes with links at  


🎙 On This Episode:  

Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), excitable mayor shouting at everyone else to remain calm.  

Jeff Fox (@chrspecials), the Internet’s foremost expert on this special, from Name That Christmas  Special.  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

• Jeff’s collection of A Cosmic Christmas music and scanned promotional items.  

• Joanna Wilson’s Christmas TV History.  

• This special got George Lucas’s attention and led to Nelvana producing the animated segment of the Star Wars Holiday Special.  

The Nelvana Story: Thirty Animated Years.  

• Today’s TV Trope: Big Ball of Violence.  

• Jellybean looks like the red-eyed Pac-Man on the side of the arcade cabinet.  

• Duncan Regehr (Amalthor) as Dracula in The Monster Squad.  

Marian Waldman, Mrs. Mac from Black Christmas, also has a quick line or two.  

• The Castle Thunder stock sound effect.  


📼 Retro Commercial Break:  

Burger King Doll Christmas Commercial (1977).  


🎤 And Now, These Messages:  

Weird Christmas.  

“A Cosmic Christmas” © 1977 Nelvana Enterprises, Inc.  

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