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"Community" cast goes stop-animation for Christmas episode

Community‘s Christmas episode  airs at 8/7C on Thursday, Dec. 9.

Check out NBC Thursday night for a very special episode of NBC’s Community, “Amed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.” The entirely stop-motion episode serves as the sophomore-series’ Christmas special, and takes a comical note at the efforts schools and workplaces make to make the holidays an all-inclusive season. Sony Pictures allowed me to check out this episode in advance, and as someone who hasn’t been too keen on the series, I was surprised and found myself laughing throughout the light-hearted episode.

Here’s the synopsis from Sony:

When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed’s mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed’s winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness. Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, and Ken Jeong also star.

Joel McHale as “Jeff-In-The-Box”

 I really enjoyed seeing all the Community stars as stop-motion characters, who, when entering Abed’s imaginary Winter Wonderland, turn into adorable Christmas characters.

You’ll see Jeff-In-The-Box, Troy Soldier, Britta-Bot, Baby Shirley, Annie Ballerina and my personal favorite, Teddy Pierce. (I can’t begin to tell you how adorable Chevy Chase is as a stop-animation teddy bear.)

Throughout the episode, the crew goes on a journey to help Amed find the true meaning of Christmas – something not everyone in the gang celebrates or is particularly enthusiastic about.

There is singing – albeit not very good, but amusing nonetheless, humor, and you really do get to see the great relationship the gang has developed in their Spanish-class study group over the past year and a half.

I don’t know if this episode will end up being a holiday tradition, but it’s definitely worth watching. Here’s a clip from the episode where you’ll get to see Mr. Teddy Pierce:

This episode of Community airs at 8/7C on Thursday, Dec. 9. And a very Merry Holiday to you!

Thanks to One2One Network for allowing me to preview and review this episode of Community. All opinions are 100% mine. While I am not compensated for my review, writing this post will enter me to win a copy of Season 1 of Community on DVD and the new Sony Bloggie Touch HD Camera, or a $50 gift card.

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