It is that time of year again, which means many home entertainment releases that would be deemed inconsequential released during any other season. These theme DVDs are a regular occurrence year-round, but they only truly make sense with the holiday collections. Clearly designated as a stocking-stuffer gift, this collection comes with four Christmas-themed episodes from three popular Cartoon Network series.
The first series is “Adventure Time,” which has a two-part exploration into the motivation of the evil Ice King. In “Holly Jolly Secrets, Part 1” and “Part 2,” Finn and Jake investigate the video diary of the Ice King in hopes of discovering his future evil plans, but end up with a clearer understanding of the villain’s motivation. The second series and third episode in this collection is the Christmas special from the 2010 season of “Regular Show,” involving a Mordecai and Rigby on a mission to destroy a gift for Santa in order to save the holiday. There was also a Christmas special for this season, which has sadly been left out of this meager collection.
The last of the holiday specials comes from “The Amazing World of Gumball;” simply titled Christmas. This special from last year has the Wattersons saving Christmas after first running over Santa Claus. This set could have included all Christmas specials from these shows for a more complete collection, but that doesn’t seem to be the point here. There are a few unrelated bonus episodes, however random their inclusion may seem. There is an additional episode from “Clarence,” and “Steven Universe,” which seem randomly selected amongst the Christmas-themed selections.
Entertainment Value: 7/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 5/10
Historical Significance: 4/10
Special Features: 4/10