Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Great Christmas Specialpaloozorama : Part III

Of the three Christmas specials that I’ve watched thus far, Doug’s Christmas Story is by far the most subversive. Well, perhaps “subversive” isn’t quite right but it’s definitely kind of political—something that I’m sure I didn’t detect when I was nine or ten or whatever.

So, Porkchop—that’s Doug’s dog for the uninitiated—is accused of biting Beebe Bluff—the town’s rich bitch (Really, he latched onto her leg in an attempt to prevent her from skating across thin ice.) As I’m sure you’ve guessed, everything works out for Doug and Porkchop in the end but before Doug’s Christmas Story reaches its inevitable conclusion, Mayor White—Bluffington’s inexplicably Southern, former mayor and host of a conservative Rush Limbaugh-esque radio talk show—launches this crusade against poor, anthropomorphized Porkchop. 

He says that he’s trying to uphold morals and values and that he wants to protect little girls from dog maulings, but it’s all just political posturing. Because Mayor White is so blatantly bad—and tan—it would seem that Doug’s Christmas Story is promoting liberalism whilst promoting holiday cheer. 


Melanie's Randomness said...

Ohhh I remeber this. Woa, way back when. =)

Angie said...

I loved Doug but never caught the Christmas special! Youtube, here I come!

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

Why have I never seen this?

Must be rectified asap!

rogue evolent said...

Doug (before the sell-out to Disney) was probably my FAVORITE tv cartoon series of the 90s. I loved this show (Porkchop; what an awesome dog). Amber, you've got good taste.