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Archive for Friday, December 3, 2004

TV gets animated for the holidays

December 3, 2004

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Cartoon holiday specials, both old and new, adorn tonight's schedule. Jimmy Durante narrates the 1970 animated favorite "Frosty the Snowman" (7 p.m., CBS), followed by "Frosty Returns" (7:30 p.m., CBS), the 1995 sequel featuring the voices of John Goodman and Jonathan Winters.

Cartoon stars of a more recent vintage appear in "Ed, Edd 'n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle" (7 p.m., Cartoon Network). I've never been the biggest fan of this loud cartoon's depiction of young boys as crass, crude clowns. But then again, it's been a long time since I was 8.

In "Jangle," Eddy discovers his parent's secret cache of Christmas presents, opens them and finds out they all stink. In a desperate effort to improve his chances of a better holiday, he attempts to get adopted by a different family with better taste. After inviting himself into a series of homes, he discovers how each family celebrates the holiday in their own unique fashion and, along the way, finds himself touched by the spirit of the season.

On a more practical note, "Home to Go for the Holidays" (7 p.m., HGTV) offers tips on how to inject some youthful twists into traditional decor, including the use of some non-traditional color schemes and advice on how to minimize the storage area required for your annual decorations.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Scheduled on "Dateline" (7 p.m., NBC): an interview with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese about their new film "The Aviator," based on the life of Tinseltown iconoclast and aviator Howard Hughes.
  • Brian Boitano, Kristi Yamaguchi, Oksana Baiul and Kurt Browning participate in the skating special "Ice Wars 2004: USA vs. the World" (8 p.m., CBS).
  • Monroe gets a reputation as a snitch on "Third Watch" (8 p.m., NBC).

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