The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials has been an annual feature at Platypus Comix since December 2006. Every year, Peter Paltridge reviews some Christmas Specials that don't receive much attention from the general public anymore. Some of these include gems that the major networks have stopped playing, but most of them simply don't measure up to the classics, to say the least. Among all the series of articles hosted at Platypus Comix, this probably has the most installments, even exceeding the comics themselves.
Ted: I can't go down there....what can one bear do against all those monsters? Peter: They're "nothing," remember? I guess he doesn't remember.
Bears Are Bad News: A 2008 installment deems The Great Bear Scare "the King Moonraiser (sic) of the misfits" due to its very cheap animation and nonsensical story elements. The networks that syndicated it didn't even air it during the proper holiday, as it was originally intended for Halloween.
Clueless Aesop: Peter questionsThe Cabbage Patch Kids' First Christmas having a scene where the Kids sing that children shouldn't worry about their differences...to a girl who wears a leg brace, and presumably has mobility concerns that people shouldn't ignore.
Dumbass Has a Point: In his review of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, he admits that the villain's lawyer bringing up the question of why Santa would commit a hit-and-run is a valid point that he did not expect the special, which he found otherwise execrable, to address.
Why was it such a misfit? Because there's no justice, that's why. If the world were fair, A Pinky and the Brain Christmas would be sitting on the same pedestal as Rudolph and the Grinch, forever beloved by children and adults alike. Yes. It's that good.
He accusesMr. Willoughby's Christmas Party (aka Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree) of having one, since Mr. Willoughby/Willowby doesn't appear often, and only the last scene takes place during his Christmas party.
The review of A Merry Mirthworm Christmas makes it seem too depressing to have the word "mirth" in its title.
"Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In his review of 12 Wishes of Christmas, Peter describes a scene where Noel reminds Laura of a bizarre dream she once had featuring people with forks for hands trying to eat food. He proceeds to provide a video of the scene "Just in case you think I'm making this up".
Five years later, a third Robbie special appeared. Did it keep up the streak? .....You'll find out someday.....
Sequelitis: invoked Peter thought this hit Ted E. Bear hard when he reviewed three of his specials for "The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials". Peter deemed the second special, The Great Bear Scare, the worst Christmas special he ever saw, as mentioned earlier. He then admitted he found its predecessor, The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas, "...much better than The Great Bear Scare, but most things on Earth are." The third, Ted E.'s Thanksgiving, had better timing than The Great Bear Scare, but even cheaper production values.
In 2010, Peter announced that he would take a break from reviewing rare specials by writing an article about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the most rerun Christmas special of all time. Instead of giving an actual review of Rudolph, the article shares and critiques some commercials found on his recording of a 1979 telecast, as well as the edits that CBS made to the special.
The review of The Twelve Wishes of Christmas bears the header, "The Island of Christmas MOVIES", because "It takes four times as much commitment to sit through a bad Christmas movie as it does to sit through a bad Christmas special."
Take That, Audience!: Peter begins the review of Christopher The Christmas Tree by admitting that he found the special boring when he first saw it, and only wrote a review because many of his readers demanded it.
What I'm saying is that if you hate what you're about to read, it's your own fault.
Trade Snark: The review of Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen does this to lampoon the frequent and obvious Product Placement seen in the special. The review for An Elf's Story also does this since it's an obvious tie-in to the Elf on the Shelf toy.