Floating above Times Square in the late 1980s…it’s all about MEOW!
Thanksgiving, for all it’s worth (and food wise, it‘s worth a lot!), has often been Christmas’s lesser cousin when it comes to holiday specials of the animated variety, but there are animated Thanksgiving specials that actually do exist, other than the mainstay of basic cable, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. The special originally aired on CBS from 1973 until 2000 and now has a home on ABC, often airing in a one-hour installment along with He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown. This year, the special is airing with an installment from This is America, Charlie Brown, which was a miniseries that aired in 1988 and 1989, called The Mayflower Voyagers (original airdate October 21, 1988).
This special has proven to be the one that holds up the best, and therefore continues to air on basic cable very year. Then there’s the lesser (though popular in it’s own time) cartoon character who celebrated Thanksgiving 20 years ago…
Garfield’s Thanksgiving made its debut on November 22, 1989 on CBS. While harder to find on television now, it is part of Garfield’s Holiday Celebrations DVD (which I have, and used it as source material for the Halloween special I recapped last month). A one-time mainstay of the few animated Thanksgiving specials during the 1990s, the special is slightly hard to find and doesn’t exactly carry the clout of the more popular Peanuts specials that continue to air, despite network changes. But, for a Garfield fan like myself, it’s one I still can enjoy.
Previously, when I worked on my recap of Garfield’s Halloween Adventure, I was having a difficult time uploading the clips to my computer’s video editor, so I was only able to make copies of certain parts - I linked to videos of the special via another You Tube user’s uploads. I am happy to report that my “technical difficulties” are resolved, thanks to a new video editor (and a free one - turns out my editor wasn’t working properly because the free trial expired). So, all of the video clips presented here are mine, and are embedded into this mini-article for your viewing pleasure (as a rule of thumb, I will never embed anyone else’s video, rather I link to it).
Click on the embeddable players below to watch all three parts of Garfield's Thanksgiving:
On behalf of myself and my self-published site, I would like to wish all of my readers the happiest that the holidays have to offer.
As always, thank you for visiting. Comments, as always, are welcome and appreciated. If you are a registered user of You Tube, you are welcome to leave feedback for the video clips.
And please...no torturing the dog! ;-)