It’s time to catch a last-minute flight to the North Pole and do the monkey with me back to 2001 for an out-of-order dive into “A Johnny Bravo Christmas,” a well-deserved punch in the face that’s a little bit rock ’n’ roll.
On This Episode:
- Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), former blond pompadour-haver until my wife said she liked my hair better short.
- James Riley (@yourbuddyspooky), flying through the skies above the Arctic with his magic umbrella.
Topics and Tangents:
- “’Twas the Night,” a 1997 segment of “Johnny Bravo” which this special accounts for in the show’s continuity… sort of.
- “Larry & Steve,” Seth MacFarlane’s short film for the “What a Cartoon!” show which would become a rough template for “Family Guy.” After this short, Seth worked as a staff writer for “Johnny Bravo.”
- The Bravos appear to be of a dying breed of people who wait till Christmas Eve or a few days before to start decorating.
- This special first aired less than 3 months after 9/11, on Pearl Harbor Day, and opens with Johnny unnecessarily calling the fire department to tell them he’s “the bomb.”
- Homer Simpson’s sandwich.
- The worst things we’ve found in our couches.
- The latest you can mail something to guarantee arrival before Christmas, according to the U.S. Postal Service’s Holiday Shipping Deadlines.
- A rare “true meaning of Christmas” monologue in a cartoon that begins with baby Jesus.
- The voice of the truck driver is Vanessa Marshall, who may or may have provided the scream of Samus dying in the Metroid Prime games.
- Santa’s village is hidden behind a fake mountain acting as a Wakanda-like cloaking device, and also looks like the Wicked Witch’s castle from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Previous Podcast Episodes Mentioned:
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Season 2, Episode 5)
- Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (Season 2, Episode 12)
- A Pinky and the Brain Christmas (Season 2, Episode 17)
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (Season 2, Episode 19)
- Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (Season 2, Episode 20)
- Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (Season 4, Episode 6)
- Season’s Eatings, exploring the history of your favorite Christmas foods.
- The Retro Network Podcast, a weekly show devoted to pop culture past and present.
“A Johnny Bravo Christmas” ©2001 Cartoon Network.
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Title: A Johnny Bravo Christmas