A Cosmic Christmas

In the early 1980’s at my local video store, that I would eventually go on to work at, there was a VHS tape that I rented so much that at one point my Father refused to rent it again. Ever. It was the first Nelvanamation VHS collection and included A Cosmic Christmas, The Devil and Daniel Mouse, Intergalactic Thanksgiving: Please Don’t Eat The Planet, and Romie-0 and Julie-8. My favorite of the four animated tales was definitely the Devil and Daniel Mouse, though a Cosmic Christmas takes second place.

Sadly this collection has not been released to DVD yet, though an edited version of the Devil and Daniel Mouse was included as a bonus on the Rock & Rule DVD release a few years back. Doing a little looking about the internet tonight at work I’ve noticed a few people on the Shout! Factory forums requesting this collection of films to be put on DVD and Blu-Ray, which is where I obtained the photo you see below. If you find yourself with a bit of time on your hands, do yourself a favor and come sit down next me in front of the monitor as we watch A Cosmic Christmas.

Now thankfully a good friend of mine was able to secure what might possibly be the exact copy I use to rent in my youth, that VHS is now in a vault and is guarded 24/7 by a pack of Radium Chimps.


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4 thoughts on “A Cosmic Christmas

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    This was a staple on CBC for a while back then. Really enjoyed having unusual holiday specials like this which livened up the roster of usual suspects (Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie and the rest).

    I was also tickled by the sci-fi flavoring of holiday spirits in this one and another, French-Canadian live-action early 70s movie called Christmas Martian. Its impressive multi-colored flying saucer and green net-suited, bubble-gum chewing martian never failed to impress me.
    That’s one movie I chased down (unsuccessfully) on VHS for years, but eventually taped off TV during the holidays, at some point.

  2. Sheri says:

    I’m not sure why, but this was one of the most meaningful Christmas cartoons of my childhood. It has an unforgettable weirdness and caused me to have an enduring fascination with the three wise men. I saw it on American television only once and felt frustrated that every Christmas thereafter I looked for it on TV without luck. It is a shame that it no longer airs–it deserves to be recognized as one of the great classic Christmas cartoons. I just wish Nelvana would release this as a DVD. I bought a VHS about 10 years but no longer have a VCR to view it. Thanks so much for posting so we all can again enjoy it.

  3. @Sheri Let’s all cross our fingers, friends. Maybe Shout! Factory will somehow be able to make this often overlooked Holiday classic available on DVD! :)

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