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The Christmas Raccoons

Episode Summary

We may all exist in the dreams of 2 kids and their dog. Guests: Michael DiGiovanni, Christian Nielsen. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🎄 We’re responsibly deforesting our way back to 1980 to dig up the first appearance of early Disney Channel imports The Raccoons and the greedy Cyril Sneer.  


🎙 On This Episode:  

Michael DiGiovanni (Classic Film Jerks, Pop Culture Retrofit, @theatomicgeeks).  

Christian Nielsen (Pop Culture Retrofit, @hunkburger).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. This special and an accompanying story album were narrated by Rich Little, a “Man of a Thousand Voices,” in his own, regular voice.  

2. The voice of Forest Ranger Dan is Rupert Holmes, the singer/songwriter behind Escape (The Piña Colada Song).  

3. Tammy Bourne (Julie) and Hadley Kay (Tommy) were both in 1980 movies as children who fall from great heights.  

4. Today’s TV Trope: Human Snowball.  

5. Where does the dream end and reality begin? Maybe it’s all in the St. Elsewhere Snow Globe Universe of Tommy Westphall (no relation).  


📼 Retro Commercial Break:  

Canadian Tire’s “Scrooge Approved” Prices, 1987.  


🎤 And Now, These Messages:  

Christmas Creeps.  

“The Christmas Raccoons” ©1980 PFS Christmas Raccoons / PFS Pooled Film Services, Inc.  

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