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The Soulmates in The Gift of Light

Episode Summary

A lost Canadian Christmas special is found thanks to the power of positivity. Guests: Michael DiGiovanni, Jeff Somogyi

Episode Notes

🎄 It’s 1991, and Santa Claus is fighting with a talking dog over a park bench.  

By some Christmas miracle, this obscure special was rediscovered over 30 years later. For years, people on the Internet tried to identify it on a TV in the background of an old family photo, until finally, thanks to the power of positivity, it was identified as “The Soulmates in The Gift of Light.” Join us as we meet the intergalactic Soulmates in what seems like a pilot that never got off the ground.  


🎙 Guests:  

Michael DiGiovanni (Pop Culture Retrofit, @TheyCallMeDiGio).  

Jeff Somogyi (Classic Film Jerks, Linktree: @sommerjam).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. Watch “The Soulmates in The Gift of Light” on YouTube, uploaded by creator Gabrielle St. George.  

2. Tumblr post: “Can You Figure Out Who This Is?” by Sophie Campbell, 2016.  

3. Will Sloan’s tweet of the screenshot, September 2022.  

4. CBC News: Canadian cartoon mystery finally solved after 6 years, thanks to the internet, 2022.  

5. The Littles, for comparison.  

6. Today’s TV Trope: Mind-Control Eyes.  

7. Soulmates Productions, Inc. defaulted in 2007.  


📼 Commercial Break:  

Canadian Tire: Scrooge / Nintendo Action Set Commercial, 1991.  

Pop Tarts Commercial starring Dan and Dave, 1990.  

Remember That Show?, a monthly journey to explore obscure and forgotten TV series from the ’80s and ’90s.  


“The Soulmates in The Gift of Light” © 1991 Soulmates Productions, Inc.  

Theme song by Bronwen’s Ghost.  
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