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The Little King: Christmas Night

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The Little King was a comic strip that started in the 1930s and ran for decades, following the misadventures of a silent and extremely round monarch who seems to wind up in his underpants. A lot.

Long before Garfield gorged on lasagna, the Little King was feasting away and, presumably, hating Mondays.

The Little King: Christmas Night is an animated short that allows the raw, unadulterated roundness of the king explode across the silver screen. He feels lonely at Christmas, so he picks up a couple of old-timey hobos and takes them back to his castle. There he feeds them (nice) and makes them take a bath with him (maybe not so nice?).

What will happen to the Little King and the hobos when Santa arrives? A power struggle? Long underwear with butt-flaps? Unexpected tattoo reveals?

One thing’s for sure: it’s never quite clear if the Little King is a child with a beard or just a deeply immature man. But he is fun in a weird, confusing kind of way. Join Mike, Kevin and Bill and help us try to make sense of The Little King: Christmas Night!

Written by Mike Nelson, Conor Lastowka, and Sean Thomason

Digital HD Video file formats

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HD Low 720p (96.11 MB)
HD Medium 720p (152.7 MB)
HD High 1080p (869.96 MB)

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Average: 9.4 (38 votes)

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Release date

December 8, 2021


8 minutes