The Nickmas series was a group of Nickelodeon animated commercials released in 2002. They featured both claymation and animated incarnations of contemporary Nickelodeon characters parodying various Christmas Specials.
The Nickmas commercials provide examples of:
- Anime Hair: Arnold's, Gerald's, and Helga's exaggerated haircuts are poked fun at in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" commercial. They use so much hairspray they end up choking.
- Balloon Belly: At the end of "How the You-Know-Who Stole You-Know-What!", Angelica as "Grinchelica" becomes very fat after eating all the chocolate candy she stole from the other Nicktoons."And all the toons in Toonville say, Grinchelica's tummy grew three hundred sizes that day."
- Crossover: The shorts feature various Nick characters coexisting.
- Crossover Couple:
- The Crimson Chin flirts with Debbie. However, she isn't interested.
- Plankton tries to kiss Helga under a misletoe.
- Everyone Is Christian at Christmas: Amongst Santa's elves are several Jewish characters (though Tommy celebrates Christmas with his dad).
- Full-Name Basis: In the Peanuts parody, Chuckie refers to Tommy as "Thomas". In turn, Chuckie is called "Chuckie Finster".
- Hair Color Dissonance: Vicky's a redhead in the cartoon but her clay model is a brunette.
- How the Character Stole Christmas: In "How the You-Know-Who Stole You-Know-What!", Angelica takes on the form of "Grinchelica" and steals chocolate candy from the other Nicktoons.
- Not His Sled: Near the end of "How the You-Know-Who Stole You-Know-What!", after stealing all the chocolate candy from the other Nicktoons, Angelica, as "Grinchelica" begins to think about the Nicktoons having nothing at all. However, rather than undergo a HeelFace Turn, she decides she doesn't care and keeps all the chocolates for herself. In the end, it's her stomach, not her heart, that grows in size.
- Off-Model: The lower-quality animation of the 2D commercials looks off. There are also some design hiccups, like Phil and Lil's hair being a shade too light.
- Promotional Consideration: Parodied:"The Chuckie Finster Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice Special has been brought to you by Dork KrabbyMint Patty".
- Reality Ensues: The second version of the Frosty the Snowman short has the kids freaking out when their snowman comes to life.
- True Meaning of Christmas:
Somehow, through it all, they managed to remember the true meaning of the holiday season: to put aside our differences, join together, and open presents!
- Parodied in the short parodying Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:
- In the short parodying A Charlie Brown Christmas, Tommy tries to say that the true meaning of the holidays is having a peaceful, joyous period all about good will. Angelica, however, thinks it's just about the presents. The babies change their mind and go with what she said.
- You Mean "Xmas":
- One commercial ends with "Happy (insert holiday choice here) to you!"
- The Rugrats commercial parodying A Charlie Brown Christmas is about "Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice Time". When Chuckie tries listing the stuff he likes to do on those holidays, it takes too long and he and Tommy both end up covered in snow.