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Christmas Cracker

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Christmas Cracker may be the most pointless short we’ve ever done, and we’ve done a short about gluing pine cones to cardboard tubes.

Made by the Film Board of Canada, possibly on a dare, it weaves together three unrelated “stories,” in the same way that unintelligible graffiti scrawled on a bathroom stall, possibly in feces, is a “story."

There’s a Jingle Bells music video that would be unimpressive even if you learned an ape had animated it. Then some toys come to life and bump into each other. And just when you think you couldn’t possibly take anymore Christmas cheer, there’s a short where a poorly animated guy goes into poorly animated space to get a poorly animated star for his Christmas tree, which is shockingly a lush, detailed animation, worthy of a Flemish master. We're just kidding - it’s poorly animated as well.

Then, just because they’re sickos, the Canadians tie the whole thing together with a clown. There’s also a bit of trivia here that is one of the most shocking things in the history of RiffTrax, but you’ll have to watch the short all the way til the end to learn it. It would ruin the surprise to tell you before you’d experienced the magnificent lump of coal that is Christmas Cracker.

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RiffMeter rating

Average: 9.4 (46 votes)

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Release date

December 13, 2021


9 minutes