‘Community’ Christmas Episode Pulls a ‘Rudolph’

Monday, September 20 by

"Community" creator Dan Harmon‘s Christmas wish just came true. No, not a third season, stupid. He gets to live his dream of creating an entirely animated episode of his sitcom. This season’s Christmas episode of "Community" will be created in the pain-staking stop motion style of the Rankin/Bass animated specials we all grew up on. Harmon recounts how this opportunity presented itself.

“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do but, I never anticipated having the ability to do it,” he admits. But “Jeff Gaspin at NBC woke up one morning and thought "Community" should do an animated episode. I was like, ‘Well, that’s weird, because that’s the kind of stuff I’m usually suggesting and guys like him veto.’”

Sounds awesome. Early buzz already has this (and the Halloween episode) topping last season’s Paintball Episode. Sure, it will strain a few animators’ eyes and backs, but I feel like it’s worth it. Dibs on the Gillian Jacobs doll! (EW)