Christmas is a very special time for us here on cartoonmilk.com. It is special mainly in that it gives us an excellent pretense to write about cartoons. We were quite stumped as to what we would write for our inaugural piece, and it got to the point where we wondered if our project would become yet another resident of the purgatory of failed cartoon blogs. But then we heard about “12 Days of Anime [Blogging],” in which anime bloggers are challenged to write posts for each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Between the 3 of us, we realized, we could probably throw together that much filler without undue expenditure of time and effort. And so it is with great pleasure that we introduce to you the first piece of our “12 Days of Cartoon Milk” series.
Christmas animation has a long, rich history, dating back to the time of Jiminy Christmas. Today, just about everyone is familiar with such Christmas classics as Urusei Yatsura Episode 79 and A Charlie Brown Christmas, Brought to You By The People In Your Town Who Bottle Coca-Cola. In Scandinavia, millions of viewers tune in every year to watch the Disney cartoon anthology From All of Us to All of You, presumably because the weather is too miserable for them to do anything else. What is it about Christmas that brings people together, young and old, of all ethnicities and nations, to watch cartoons? We believe it is the spirit of Jiminy Christmas.
Now that you are armed with a comprehensive historical background of the Christmas cartoon tradition, we hope you are eager to discover what the 12 Days of Cartoon Milk have in store. We are also eager, because we haven’t finished writing them yet. Merry Christmas!