10 Nostalgic Nickelodeon Christmas Specials

Growing up can be a drag when you realize that some things will just never be the same. No more waking up to brand new toys under the tree and spending the entire day happy, cheerful, and responsibility-free. But… something that will always remain no matter how old you get is the cartoons! Nickelodeon had some of the best animated Christmas specials ever to air on television. If you aren’t in the spirit yet, you just need a little reminder of the episodes that made Christmas time excitable.

1. Fairly OddParents “Christmas Every Day” (2001)

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As Christmas approaches, which is Timmy’s favorite holiday, he makes the ultimate wish in hopes it will remain Christmas every day. It seemed like the perfect wish for a 10-year-old kid until it wasn’t.

2. SpongeBob Squarepants “Christmas Who?” (2000)

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SpongeBob, Patrick, and the rest of the Bikini Bottom residents learn the true meaning of Christmas. Well, sorta. It has a catchy musical number that we all know the words to so there’s that!

3. Rocko’s Modern Life “Rocko’s Modern Christmas” (1994)

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Rocko tried to get into the Christmas spirit, but when there’s no snow outside and his party invitees are no-shows, it becomes rather difficult.

4. Hey Arnold “Arnold’s Christmas” (1996)

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Arnold is destined to find the Christmas miracle that Mr. Hyunh is longing for, his long-lost daughter.

5. Rugrats “The Santa Experience” (1992)

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The adults take the babies up to the mountain cabin for a Christmas celebration. Angelica’s devious ways may have earned her a big lump of coal and a spot on Santa’s naughty list.

6. Danny Phantom “The Fright Before Christmas” (2005)

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When it comes to Christmas, Danny isn’t having any of it. When his friends call him out on it, he attempts to destroy anything Christmas-related in Ghost World to relieve his stress, which he soon learns was a mistake.

7. As Told by Ginger “An Even Steven Holiday Special” (2001)

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When Ginger learns that she is part Jewish, she decides to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Unfortunately, this becomes a problem to best friend Dodie, who insists that she is abandoning Christmas.

8. Jimmy Neutron “Holly Jolly Jimmy” (2003)

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After Jimmy tells his friends that he doesn’t believe him Santa, it leads the crew to the North Pole to get answers.

9. Invader Zim “The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever” (2002)

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Being amazed at how much power Santa has over humans during Christmas time, Zim creates a Santa suit and pretends to be him to gain control.

10. Doug “Doug’s Christmas Story” (1993)

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Porkchop is accused of attacking Beebe, which puts his life on the line and Doug’s Christmas spirit is in shambles.

 

 

 

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Cartoon Halloween Playlist: 20+ Animated Halloween Specials You Should Watch This Year

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Happy Halloween! Finally, it’s the spookiest & most candy-filled time of the year. A time where we can dress up as someone or something else & be a kid again. Whether you’re going out this year or staying home, it’s a must that you engage in some new or nostalgic animated Halloween specials. In fact, add it to your everlasting list of traditions. If you’re having trouble putting together some Halloween specials don’t worry another second, because Cartoon Buzz has got you covered this year with a special playlist, listing over 20 cartoon Halloween specials!

DISCLAIMER(S): This list is not ranked from “best” to “worst” or visa versa. Some of the animated series listed are intended for mature audiences only. Cartoon Buzz does not support piracy so there will not be any illegal download links to any of these episodes. Please respect this disclaimer and have a happy Halloween!

1. SpongeBob Squarepants: Scaredy Pants (Season 1, Episode 13a)

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2. Hey Arnold: Arnold’s Halloween (Season 2, Episode 11)

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3. Powerpuff Girls: Boogie Frights (Season 1, Episode 5)

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4. Rocko’s Modern Life: Sugar Frosted Frights (Season 3, Episode 3A)

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5. Recess: A Recess Halloween (Part 3 of movie)

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6. Fairly OddParents: Scary Godparents (Season 2, Episode 12)

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7. As Told By Ginger: I Spy a Witch (Season 1, Episode 13)

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8. What’s New, Scooby-Doo?: A Scooby-Doo Halloween (Season 2, Episode 6)

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9. Doug: Doug’s Halloween Adventure (Season 4, Episode 4)

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10. Kim Possible: October 31st (Season 1, Episode 14)

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11. Wild Thornberrys: Blood Sisters (Season 1, Episode 13)

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12. Family Guy: Halloween on Spooner Street (Season 9, Episode 5)

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13. SpongeBob Squarepants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom (Season 10, Episode 16)

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14. The Loud House: Tricked (Season 2, Episode 24)

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15. We Bare Bears: Charlie’s Halloween Thing (Season 3, Episode 29)

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16. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror series

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17. South Park: Hell on Earth 2006 (Season 10, Episode 11)

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18. Bunsen Is a Beast: Beast Halloween Ever (Season 1, Episode 16)

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19. Bob’s Burgers: The Wolf of Wharf Street (Season 8, Episode 3)

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20. Danny Phantom: Fright Knight (Season 1, Episode 13)

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21. The Weekenders: Nevermore (Season 4, Episode 1)

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22. CatDog: CatDogula (Season 3, Episode 5)

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23. Invader Zim: Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom (Season 1, Episode 14)

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24. The Cleveland Show: It’s the Great Pancake, Cleveland Brown (Season 2, Episode 4)

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Does Disney’s Doug Deserve the Hate That It Gets?

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Doug originally premiered and aired on Nickelodeon as one of the network’s original Nicktoons, becoming the show that we all hold close to the Nostalgic section of our hearts. After ending in 1994 and leaving the Nick universe, Doug was rebooted and acquired by Disney two years later, becoming Disney’s Doug. The new and “improved” version of the series premiered on ABC as Brand Spanking New! Doug and the series picked up where it left off in 1994. Doug is 12 years old (eventually turns 13 by the end of series) and he and the rest of his classmates start middle school. Along with becoming Disney’s property, Doug had also received some major changes to the show. First off, Doug is no longer voiced by Billy West, but is instead voiced by Tom McHugh. A significant amount of other characters have also been revamped with new clothing and… lifestyles? Roger Klotz, the bully known to live in a trailer park, is now rich. Still a bully nonetheless. Connie, a character who originally had a plus-sized figure, is noticeably thinner. Oh, and how can I forget? Doug’s parents had another child. All of these changes had actually made Doug go nuts in the first episode, but he eventually accepts the fact that change is normal. He can thank big sister Judy for that, who also has a slightly different appearance in the Disney episodes.

The first two seasons of Disney’s Doug made the overall series THE highest-rated cartoon to ever hit the ABC network at the time. Not to mention it was a popular show on ABC’s Saturday morning lineup. Though it may have received killer ratings and some positive reviews on a number of websites, Disney’s Doug has a bad reputation with 90s nostalgia enthusiasts. In fact, a few major media sites stated that the revival series “ruined” the entire Doug franchise as a whole. Billy West, the original voice of Doug Funnie, also admitted that he wasn’t too fond of the new series and couldn’t watch it. It’s kind of like if Nickelodeon’s Doug looked into the future and saw Disney’s Doug happening, and suddenly became infuriated.

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So does this series really deserve all of the negativity that it receives? I guess I’ll be the judge of that today. I think that Nickelodeon’s Doug fans should check out the first episode of the Disney series. Everything was changing in Bluffington and Doug wasn’t having it. Sounds kind of familiar right? When a show is revived or rebooted, and there are obvious changes, it can cause discomfort and even outrage to the viewers. The problem really stems from people wanting things to just stay the same. I have to admit, the first time that I even learned there was a Disney’s Doug, I instantly wanted to hate the series after seeing this infamous side-by-side of the character changes and such. I even wondered if Doug needed more seasons at all. Well, after analyzing a few episodes and putting all of my negative thoughts about change aside, I realized that the series isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

Doug Funnie may not be the exact same character as he was when the Nickelodeon series ended, and that’s okay. Can you honestly say that you were the exact same person you were a few years ago? Sometimes things have to change in order for things to keep going, and I think Disney’s Doug is a perfect example of that. I like the fact that we got to see Doug and the rest of the Bluffington characters grow a little more. What I COULD NOT stand for was the fact that The Beets, the best fictional rock band who’s better than most non-fictional bands, BROKE. UP. Killer Tofu was a true hit. That is probably the only part of Disney’s Doug that disappointed me the most. Other than that, I rest my case when I say that there’s no other real reason to form an angry mob over this series.

Fun Fact: Disney’s Doug was considered “lost” for awhile and was even listed on the Lost Media wiki page. It was finally found on April 23, 2017 and all of the episodes have resurfaced since then.

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Happy Happy, Joy Joy! Celebrating 25 Years of Nicktoons and All of Their Glory

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“They’re not just cartoons, they’re Nicktoons.” – some genius employee at Nickelodeon probably.

Get your walkers ready longtime Nicktoons fans, because you’re about to feel pretty elderly. You’ve read the title right – it’s been 25 years since Nicktoons made their outstanding debut on Nickelodeon! Prior to Nicktoons, Nickelodeon was the home to nothing but live-action comedy & drama shows for the youth of the late 70’s, 80s & 90’s but on Sunday, August 11, 1991 things would change forever when nostalgic series that we still hold dearly to our hearts today like Doug, Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on Nick for the very first time that night. Since then the animation team at Nickelodeon has gotten busy and managed to expand it’s lineup of animated shows over the years and became a network that was home of award-winning, larger than life cartoons like Hey Arnold, KaBlam, Rocko’s Modern Life, The Angry Beavers, Aaahh! Real Monsters and many more! Although the 90’s seemed to be the prime of amazing cartoons on Nickelodeon, the brilliance just didn’t stop as Nick strove for more greatness with shows in the early 2000’s such as Rocket Power, As Told By Ginger, The Wild Thornberrys and classic shows that are still standing today like SpongeBob SquarePants & The Fairly OddParents.

The Nicktoons and their booming success not only got them millions of viewers worldwide with each episode that aired, but fanbases were established for them. So what do you do when you have a hit show with a relatively large fanbase? Well that’s when the big companies step in and the partnerships start pouring out. I don’t think you could’ve lived in the 90’s & early 2000’s without seeing dozens of products like candy, clothes, books, etc. with the Rugrats on it. Admiration brings opportunity, and these shows brought the opportunity to many companies to make some bank. These cartoons that you saw everyday on TV turned into multi-million dollar franchises. SpongeBob premiered in 1999 and to this day is worth over $90 million with a movie that made over $140 million in box office sales. Rugrats Go Wild earned $55.4 million and a happy meal toy line at McDonald’s. Thanks to you guys, the viewers, these cartoons were able to brand themselves and become valuable gems even after their last episodes aired. Happy 25th anniversary Nicktoons, you’re forever cherished!

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