Five special Hanukkah offers to celebrate the season with
It’s the holiday season, and a tradition for many people is to watch the many Christmas specials that take place around this time, whether it’s a classic wellness movie, or a cartoon. animated independent or an episode of his favorite show.
However, as fun as it is to watch families come together and celebrate Christmas, it is always enjoyed when movies and shows shine the spotlight on Chanukah, the festival of lights. While holiday-centric promotions aren’t as prevalent as Christmas ones, there are still a few that deserve special attention.
1. “A Rugrats Chanukah”
Nickelodeon’s beloved cartoon about an adventurous group of babies has never shied away from the fact that the main baby, Tommy Pickles, is Jewish on his mother’s side. This episode properly shines the spotlight on the Festival of Lights, as Tommy, his cousin Angelica, and friends Chuckie, Phil and Lil are brought to the local temple for a play that teaches them, and viewers, the meaning of Chanukah. . There, Tommy’s grandfather settles a quarrel with a former rival.
2. “Eight Crazy Nights” by Adam Sandler
Famous comedian Adam Sandler is certainly proud of his Jewish heritage and even wrote a Hanukkah-centric song which he performed several times on “Saturday Night Live”.
Released in 2002, this animated musical follows the story of Davey Stone, voiced by Sandler, a troublemaker with a dark past who finds himself with a chance for redemption after one too many hits. Over the course of the eight nights of Chanukah, Davey begins to turn around with the help of Whitey Duvall, an eccentric old friend also voiced by Sandler, while also dealing with his past trauma.
3. “Friends: the one with the holiday armadillo”
Throughout its 10 seasons, âFriendsâ aired numerous episodes set over Christmas. Season Seven Episode 10 features Ross Geller, played by David Schwimmer, wishing to introduce his son Ben, played by a young Cole Sprouse, on vacation.
Much like âfriends,â Ross has a hard time, as Ben is more interested in the cheerfulness of Christmas. Desperate, he tries to find a Santa costume but fails, instead using an armadillo costume to teach his son Hanukkah.
4. “Miracle of the Complete Court”
Released in 2003, this original Disney Channel film attempts to bring a modern twist to the Hanukkah miracle.
Centered around a group of boys attending a Hebrew school in Philadelphia, Alex Schlotsky, played by Alex D. Linz, tries to help his friends improve their basketball skills. He meets former college basketball star Lamont Carr, played by Richard T. Jones, who reluctantly agrees to help Alex and his friends. Children equate Lamont with their own Judah Maccabee, believing he is the miracle they need to win a tournament.
5. “South Park: Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics”
At the start of the popular animated series, a holiday album featuring the series’ Christmas mascot Mr. Hankey was released, in which the characters of “South Park” sang various holiday songs, both existing and original.
An episode around the album released in 1999, an anthology of short clips with Mr. Hankey as host. The first segment of the episode is resident Jewish child Kyle Broflovski singing “The Dreidel Song” in an effort to teach his adopted brother Ike how to play the traditional game.
Kyle’s friends, Cartman and Stan, arrive and sing their own solos on the dreidel. Kyle’s parents appear and join in the song as well. What follows is a memorable and very catchy song that includes a bit of humor from the early days of “South Park”.