Community Cast in Claymation for Christmas

By , September 20, 2010

Almost everyone in America with a TV after 1964 has seen at least a snippet of the Rankin/Bass classic TV special that introduced the world to Community Cast in Claymation for Christmas , the elf-who-wants-to-be-a-dentist-instead-of-making-toys, and how he came to meet Rudolph, the soon-to-be famous headlight for Santa’s sleigh. Dan Harmon, the creator of Community, is a fan of the special, and thought it would be a lot of fun to animate an episode of his show in that style. He never though, however, that the folks at NBC would go for it. Fortunately for him (and us!), Jeff Gaspin at NBC woke up one morning and thought to himself, “Community should do an animated episode.” The two met, and agreed to do just that. Harmon and writer Dino Stamatopoulos (who also plays Starburns on the show) set immediately to write the script, which has the whole cast buzzing about the episode. Danny Pudi, who plays Abed, said, “It is so hard for me not to tell everybody I know about it. The minute we read that script, I was over-the-moon excited.

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