8 Hanukkah Videos to Remind You How Awesome Being Chosen Is
Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustovsk a.k.a. Krusty the Clown.
This past weekend, while flipping through the tube, we were overwhelmed with the sheer volume of Christmas movies, TV specials and claymated cartoons. You can't channel surf without being inundated with splashes of red and green. ABC Family has literally dedicated its entire December programming schedule to the holiday, and if we have to see that CGI Santa pop up one more time, we are going to lose it.
Don't call us Scrooges just yet; we love Christmas specials! We cry every time we watch It's A Wonderful Life, and nothing makes us happier than Charlie Brown's pathetically magnificent Christmas tree. We just want to make sure that everyone remembers that Christmas is not the only holiday in December. Why doesn't Hanukkah get any TV/movie love?
You have to dig really deep to find a Hanukkah movie or television special that exists and even then you probably won't find it on air. But before you get your panties in a bunch over the blatant Christmas favoritism of the media, Art Attack has found eight videos to get you into the Hanukkah spirit and remind you how awesome it is to be "the chosen ones."
8. A Rugrats Chanukah
Do you remember Nickelodeon's Rugrats show? It was about a bunch of little kids exploring the world from a baby's perspective. It ran from the early 1990s through 2004. What was different about the Rugrat kids from all other children on television was that they were Jewish (Chuckie had that red-haired Jewfro). A Rugrats Chanukah told the story of the Maccabees, but from the mouths of babes.
7. Anything, Really, By Woody Allen
The master of all things Jewish.
6. Fiddler On the Roof, "Tradition"
There is no other song like "Tradition" to get you into the mood for a Hanukkah celebration. Crank it at high volume while you are frying up the blintzes and you'll be dancing the hora in no time.
5. South Park, "It's Hard To Be a Jew on Christmas"
Never were truer words sung about how little Jewish kids feel during the Yuletide season. Kyle is constantly berated by Cartman for being Jewish, and while he can usually dish it back, this doesn't negate his true, isolated, Jewish feelings. We understand, Kyle. We understand.
4. Saturday Night Live, "Hanukkah Harry"
In the late '80s, when SNL was still good, Jon Lovitz played a reoccurring character named "Hanukkah Harry." Harry first appeared in a sketch in which a sick Santa asks Harry to fill in and deliver presents to all the "gentile girls and boys." Harry rounds up his three trusty donkeys, Moische, Herschel and Schlomo, and saves Christmas with practical gifts like socks.
3. The Hebrew Hammer
If you haven't seen Adam Goldberg's The Hebrew Hammer , Netflix it right now. Goldberg plays an Orthodox Jew, resembling a character from a Blaxplotation flick, who goes on a mission to save Hanukkah from Santa's evil son Damian. Shabbat Shalom MothaF***ers!
2. Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song"
Adam Sandler's hilariously exhaustive list of famous Jews made kids everywhere feel like Judaism was the cool club to be in.
1. An American Tail
This classic cartoon opens with the Mousekewitzes' Hanukkah celebration, which quickly turns into Cossack kitty mayhem. We cannot imagine them making a cartoon like this nowadays, it's about Jewish mice being oppressed by cats, but are happy that the 1980s greenlit some of the most daring animated films in cinema history. P.S. We dare you to watch this video and not get choked up.
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