Boomerang, Turner Broadcasting System’s commercial-free classic cartoon network, will present holiday specials of yesteryear throughout December as part of a month-long CHRISTMAS PARTY. An hour and a half of holiday programming will entertain families every Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. (ET/PT), culminating in a 30-hour marathon of cheer beginning at 9 a.m. (ET/PT) on Christmas Eve.
The spotlighted guests of this party, from Popeye the Sailor to Papa Smurf, span six decades of cartoon history from the 1930s to the 1990s. This Christmas party will celebrate not only how favorite animated families like the Flintstones and the Jetsons ring in the holidays, but will also feature Emmy-nominated one-of-a-kind specials like The Town That Santa Forgot.
“Boomerang’s ‘Christmas Party’ takes us back to a time when families would gather around the television for their annual favorites,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. “The season truly is about family and togetherness, and our programming helps honor that tradition.”
Highlights of the Boomerang CHRISTMAS PARTY include:
• Yogi’s First Christmas (1980), Saturday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m. (ET/PT): Hanna-Barbera’s most beloved classic characters, including Huckleberry Hound and Snagglepuss, join Yogi at Jellystone Lodge for a Christmas celebration in this much-loved holiday movie.
• Casper’s First Christmas (1979), Saturday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m. (ET/PT): A joyful group of cartoon friends visit Casper on Christmas Eve. Hairy Scary tries to scare their Christmas spirits away until a touching gesture changes his heart.
• The Town That Santa Forgot (1993), Saturday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m. (ET/PT): Dick van Dyke stars as the voice of a kind grandfather relaying the tale of Jeremy Creek, a spoiled boy who learns it is better to give than to receive.
• The Smurfs Christmas Special (1982), Saturday, Dec. 20, 4:25 p.m. (ET/PT): The Smurfs must use all the holiday goodness they can muster to battle an even greater evil than Gargamel.
• A Flintstones Christmas Carol (1994), Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1:30 p.m. (ET/PT): Christmas is nearly ruined when Fred, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge in a Bedrock Community Players Christmas production, becomes a true-life Scrooge himself.
• Nutcracker Scooby (1984), Thursday, Dec. 25, 2 p.m. (ET/PT): This two-part episode from The New Scooby Doo Mysteries is presented as an hour-long Christmas special. The gang tries to spread a little cheer when they are confronted by yet another creepy ghoul.
Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish. Boomerang’s official Web site is located at http://Boomerang.CartoonNetwork.com.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.