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28th Apr '16 7:35:27 AM aye_amber
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[[caption-width-right:350:[-From left to right: Teddy Pierce, Baby Doll Shirley, Troy Soldier, Abed, Christmas Wizard Duncan, Ballerannie, Britta-Bot, and Jeff-in-the-Box.-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[-From [[caption-width-right:350: [-From left to right: Teddy Pierce, Baby Doll Shirley, Troy Soldier, Abed, Christmas Wizard Duncan, Ballerannie, Britta-Bot, and Jeff-in-the-Box.-] ]]]]



It's Christmas time again for the study group when Abed announces that everything's in StopMotion animation. The group, suitably worried, take Abed to Professor Duncan for therapy. Though Abed at first rejects this, he's tricked into going to the study room for a group therapy session... which he immediately turns into a magical trip through the mind, Willy Wonka-style.

To accomplish this, he turns his friends into variations of toys from the Island of Misfit Toys (see image). Now they have to trek through the Winter Wonderland wilderness, avoiding the perils along the way, going through the Cave of Frozen Memories, all to reach the North Pole and find the {{true meaning of Christmas}}.

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It's Christmas time again for the study group when Abed announces that everything's in StopMotion animation. The group, suitably worried, take Abed to Professor Duncan for therapy. Though Abed at first rejects this, he's tricked into going to the study room for a group therapy session... which Which he immediately turns into a magical trip through the mind, Willy Wonka-style.

To accomplish this, he turns his friends into variations of toys from the Island of Misfit Toys (see image). Now they have to trek through the Winter Wonderland wilderness, avoiding the perils along the way, going through the Cave of Frozen Memories, all to reach the North Pole and find the {{true meaning of Christmas}}.
TrueMeaningOfChristmas.






!!The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" contains examples of:
* AffectionateParody: Of the [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin/Bass]] stop-motion Christmas specials, but especially RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer.

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!!The
!! The
''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" contains examples of:
* AffectionateParody: Of the [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin/Bass]] Rankin / Bass]] stop-motion Christmas specials, but especially RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer.WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer.



** The throttle Abed uses when driving the train isn't indicating speed, it's indicating ''levels of emotional detachment'', culminating in ''{{Bjork}}''.

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** The throttle Abed uses when driving the train isn't indicating speed, it's indicating ''levels of emotional detachment'', culminating in ''{{Bjork}}''.''Music/{{Bjork}}.''
28th Apr '16 7:32:18 AM aye_amber
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* CoolTrain: The Planet Abed train. Going at the "speed" (actually emotional detachment) of {{Bjork}}.

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* CoolTrain: The Planet Abed train. Going at the "speed" (actually emotional detachment) of {{Bjork}}.Music/{{Bjork}}.



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19th Dec '15 5:51:45 AM DoctorNemesis
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* PetTheDog: After pompously informing everyone that she's the only one who knows the TrueMeaningOfChristmas by virtue of being the only practicing Christian, at the end Shirley snags the menorah from the "holiday zone" for the study group's Christmas get-together.



** But at the end of the episode, when the gang "borrows" Christmas decorations from the cafeteria's designated holiday zone, Shirley is the one who goes back to grab a menorah for Annie.
6th Dec '15 7:48:24 AM TheUnknownUploader
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7th Jul '15 3:35:52 PM nombretomado
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* TakeThat: A DVD of ''{{Lost}}'' Season 1 is a metaphor for "lack of payoff." (Surprisingly, Damon Lindelof found that hilarious, and even sent the writers a Lost Set Blu-ray. It is worth noting that after coming out of his catatonic state and delivering his heartfelt message, Abed does whisper "Thanks Lost" as well)
** Abed expected to find the TrueMeaningOfChristmas wrapped up and ready for him, but he was really supposed to figure it out himself based on everything he'd seen and heard on the journey. Very ''{{Lost}}''-like and all the more heartwarming for it.

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* TakeThat: A DVD of ''{{Lost}}'' ''Series/{{Lost}}'' Season 1 is a metaphor for "lack of payoff." (Surprisingly, Damon Lindelof found that hilarious, and even sent the writers a Lost Set Blu-ray. It is worth noting that after coming out of his catatonic state and delivering his heartfelt message, Abed does whisper "Thanks Lost" as well)
** Abed expected to find the TrueMeaningOfChristmas wrapped up and ready for him, but he was really supposed to figure it out himself based on everything he'd seen and heard on the journey. Very ''{{Lost}}''-like ''Series/{{Lost}}''-like and all the more heartwarming for it.
4th May '15 2:19:23 AM Khyron42_Prime
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* ChristmasEpisode: A {Deconstruction}, even of ''parodies'' of Christmas episodes - here, the parody StopMotion is in fact a result of Abed's mental breakdown.

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* ChristmasEpisode: A {Deconstruction}, {{Deconstruction}}, even of ''parodies'' of Christmas episodes - here, the parody StopMotion is in fact a result of Abed's mental breakdown.
4th May '15 2:17:41 AM Khyron42_Prime
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** The throttle Abed uses when driving the train isn't indicating speed, it's indicating ''levels of emotional detachment'', culminating in Creator/Bjork

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** The throttle Abed uses when driving the train isn't indicating speed, it's indicating ''levels of emotional detachment'', culminating in Creator/Bjork''{{Bjork}}''.



* MediumAwareness:
** Abed sees that they are all in stop motion. Nobody else does - until the end credits, when Troy goes into it.
* MediumShiftGag: Done in clay animation to go along with Abed's breakdown.
* MetaGuy: {{Decconstruct|ion}}ed, almost painfully; Abed's ability to see reality as a fiction and himself as an aloof observer has serious consequences for his mental health.
* MissingMom:
** The reason that Abed's trying to find the meaning of Christmas. His mother would visit him every year on December 9th and they would watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer together. This year she hasn't visited him, since she's remarried into another family, and Abed is having a breakdown as a result.

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* MediumAwareness:
**
MediumAwareness: Abed sees that they are all in stop motion. Nobody else does - until the end credits, when Troy goes into it.
* MediumShiftGag: Done in clay The episode is StopMotion animation to go along with reflect Abed's breakdown.
* MetaGuy: {{Decconstruct|ion}}ed, {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed, almost painfully; Abed's ability to see reality as a fiction and himself as an aloof observer has serious consequences for his mental health.
* MissingMom:
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MissingMom: The reason that Abed's trying to find the meaning of Christmas. His mother would visit him every year on December 9th and they would watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer together. This year she hasn't visited him, since she's remarried into another family, and Abed is having a breakdown as a result.
4th May '15 2:14:18 AM Khyron42_Prime
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* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/12/08/dan-harmon-community-christmas-episode/ This interview]] with Dan Harmon (warning: spoilers for upcoming episodes) explains the reasons why Abed chose those toys to represent his friends:

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* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/12/08/dan-harmon-community-christmas-episode/ This interview]] with Dan Harmon (warning: spoilers for upcoming episodes) episodes after this one) explains the reasons why Abed chose those toys to represent his friends:



** BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Duncan later does it to Abed, using his mother's absence.]]
* BreatherEpisode: Placed in between two emotionally tense episodes (this episode still has its [[TearJerker moments]] though).

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** BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Duncan Duncan later does it to Abed, using his mother's absence.]]
* BreatherEpisode: Placed in between two emotionally tense episodes (this episode still has its [[TearJerker moments]] though).
absence to reduce Abed to ''actual catatonia''.



* ChristmasEpisode
* CoolTrain: The Planet Abed train. Going at the speed of {{Bjork}}.

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* ChristmasEpisode
ChristmasEpisode: A {Deconstruction}, even of ''parodies'' of Christmas episodes - here, the parody StopMotion is in fact a result of Abed's mental breakdown.
* CoolTrain: The Planet Abed train. Going at the speed "speed" (actually emotional detachment) of {{Bjork}}.{{Bjork}}.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While the previous episode had ended on a somewhat [[BittersweetEnding somber note]], this episode is deals not only with Abed's serious emotional problems, but casts his distancing of himself from reality in an extremely frightening light.



* TheDitherer: Shirley calls Jeff and Britta out on being this when they baulk at having to drop their aloof and cooler-than-thou personas and sing in order to help Abed: "Will you two ''commit'' to something for a change?!"
* DrJerk: Duncan is the psychological variation; he's less interested in helping Abed than publishing a paper based on his delusions, and then [[spoiler: when Abed brings up the memory of his own painful Christmases]] drives Abed into catatonia out of little more than spite. The fact that he's not a very good psychologist is also frequently lampshaded.
* DwindlingParty: Only [[spoiler:Pierce]] manages to make the trip with Abed to the North Pole. [[ClimacticBattleResurrection Everyone]] comes back in the end though.

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* TheDitherer: Shirley calls Jeff and Britta out on being this when they baulk balk at having to drop their aloof and cooler-than-thou personas and sing in order to help Abed: "Will you two ''commit'' to something for a change?!"
* DrJerk: Duncan is the psychological variation; he's less interested in helping Abed than publishing a paper based on his delusions, and then [[spoiler: when Abed brings up the memory of his own painful Christmases]] Christmases drives Abed into catatonia out of little more than spite. The fact that he's not a very good psychologist is also frequently lampshaded.
* DwindlingParty: Only [[spoiler:Pierce]] Pierce manages to make the trip with Abed to the North Pole. [[ClimacticBattleResurrection Everyone]] comes back in the end though.



* FreezeFrameBonus: After "The End" fades on the [[ShowWithinAShow Christmas special]] the gang is watching together at the end, you see the live cast reflected in the TV screen.

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* FreezeFrameBonus: FreezeFrameBonus:
** The throttle Abed uses when driving the train isn't indicating speed, it's indicating ''levels of emotional detachment'', culminating in Creator/Bjork
**
After "The End" fades on the [[ShowWithinAShow Christmas special]] the gang is watching together at the end, you see the live cast reflected in the TV screen.



* {{Jerkass}}: Duncan is less interested in helping Abed than in getting a paper published on his delusions, making the enabling of Abed's delusions less worrisome and more heartening instead. And towards the end of the episode, even these self-interested-yet-mildly-benevolent intentions appear to be replaced by simple spite towards Abed [[spoiler: for reminding Duncan how crummy his own Christmases were as a kid]].
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:Pierce]] claims he's there for the [[spoiler:cookies]], but he's really just lonely this time of year.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Duncan is less interested in helping Abed than in getting a paper published on his delusions, making the enabling of Abed's delusions less worrisome and more heartening instead. And towards the end of the episode, even these self-interested-yet-mildly-benevolent intentions appear to be replaced by simple spite towards Abed [[spoiler: for reminding Duncan how crummy his own Christmases were as a kid]].
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** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:Pierce]] Pierce claims he's there for the [[spoiler:cookies]], cookies, but he's really just lonely this time of year.year - likely moreso with his mother's recent death.



** Abed sees that they are all in stop motion. Nobody else does - until the end credits, when [[spoiler:Troy]] goes into it.
** Chang seems to know where Abed sees his third button.
*** Seeing how Abed fondled him he probably figured the number of buttons from how many Abed touched above them.

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** Abed sees that they are all in stop motion. Nobody else does - until the end credits, when [[spoiler:Troy]] Troy goes into it.
** Chang seems to know where Abed sees his third button.
*** Seeing how Abed fondled him he probably figured the number of buttons from how many Abed touched above them.
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* MissingMom: The reason that Abed's trying to find the meaning of Christmas. [[spoiler:His mother would visit him every year on December 9th and they would watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer together. This year she hasn't visited him, since she's remarried into another family, and Abed is having a breakdown as a result.]]

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* MissingMom: MetaGuy: {{Decconstruct|ion}}ed, almost painfully; Abed's ability to see reality as a fiction and himself as an aloof observer has serious consequences for his mental health.
* MissingMom:
**
The reason that Abed's trying to find the meaning of Christmas. [[spoiler:His His mother would visit him every year on December 9th and they would watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer together. This year she hasn't visited him, since she's remarried into another family, and Abed is having a breakdown as a result.]]
1st May '15 11:04:04 AM DeathsApprentice
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** JerkassWoobie: He becomes more sympathetic once we see how unhappy his own Christmas' were after his dad left.
29th Apr '15 10:06:02 AM Finchster
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* AwesomeYetPractical: A Christmas Pterodactyl... that self destructs!


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** But at the end of the episode, when the gang "borrows" Christmas decorations from the cafeteria's designated holiday zone, Shirley is the one who goes back to grab a menorah for Annie.
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