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[12/02/05 - 12:00 AM]
Cartoon Network Presents a Holiday Schedule That Will Sleigh You

[via press release from Cartoon Network]

Cartoon Network Presents a Holiday Schedule that will Sleigh You

Christmas Specials Old and New Beginning Thursday, Dec. 1

The Christmas gifts start arriving way early this year � on Dec. 1, in fact � as Cartoon Network fills almost the entire month of December with holiday programming. The jolly old man with the white beard brings new toys to boys and girls just one day a year, but Cartoon Network brings new and favorite holiday specials every Sunday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET, PT) all month long, beginning Thursday, Dec. 1. Highlights of Cartoon Network�s holiday programming schedule are as follows. All times ET, PT:

- Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.: Foster�s Home for Imaginary Friends: A Lost Claus � Mac and Bloo start to question the reality of Santa Claus, and set-out to prove his existence scientifically. But when their experiments backfire, they must learn to regain their faith in Santa and prevent the worst Christmas ever. Encore presentations: Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at 7 a.m..; Saturday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.

- Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m.: The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Billy & Mandy Save Christmas � To prove to Billy and Mandy that Santa Claus is real, Grim takes them to the North Pole where they find Mrs. Claus and the elves, but no Santa. They quickly discover there�s been a terrible accident � Santa Claus has been turned into a vampire. Billy, Mandy and the Grim Reaper set-out on an adventure to save Santa and Christmas before vampires take over the North Pole and destroy Christmas. Encore presentations: Friday, Dec. 2, at 11 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 16, at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m.

- Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.: Atomic Betty: The No-l-9 � A long-forgotten mythical constellation, the No-L-9, has suddenly come back to life. Maximus is intent on shrinking these singing planets and turning them into ornaments for his super-galactic Christmas tree. But Atomic Betty discovers a long-lost castaway who helps save the singing planets and brings a special holiday surprise to someone back on Earth. Encore presentations: Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 8:30 a.m.

- Monday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.: Krypto the Superdog: Storybook Holiday � Kevin learns a lesson about the importance of family when he and Krypto are magically transported to Storybook Land, where the characters resemble Kevin�s relatives. Encore presentations: Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 19, at 8 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 8 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 7:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.: Codename Kids Next Door: Operation Naughty �When the North Pole is attacked and Santa�s gift-giving device, the R.E.I.N.D.E.E.R. 4000, is stolen, all clues point to the Kids Next Door. Now, Numbuhs One through Five must defend themselves against an elite squad of super-powered elves while trying to discover who set them up before every Christmas present in the world is turned into coal. Encore presentations: Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m.

- Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.: A Johnny Bravo Christmas � Johnny Bravo goes on an insane sleigh ride to deliver his Christmas wish list directly to Santa. On the way, he teams up with Donny Osmond. Encore presentations: Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 8 a.m.

- Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.: Ed, Edd n Eddy�s Jingle, Jingle, Jangle �Snow descends upon the eternal summerland of the cul-de-sac in the 30-minute holiday special Ed, Edd n Eddy�s Jingle, Jingle, Jangle. Eddy�s Christmas falls to pieces after he snoops around and discovers that all his soon-to-be gifts are socks, underwear and other clunkers. Eddy decides to take Santa�s job into his own hands by attempting to get himself adopted into all of his friends� families, thereby siphoning off their Christmas payload. Eddy learns about how his friends celebrate the holiday, while his best friends, Ed and Double-D, try to convince him that Christmas is about spreading cheer not greed. Encore presentations: Friday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 p.m.

- Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m.: Mucha Lucha�s The Match Before Christmas � The Luchadores must rescue Christmas from the clutches of an evil Santa. It�s up to Buena Girl to save the Lucha Christmas with the help of the Flea, Rikochet and Snowpea. Encore presentation: Friday, Dec. 9, at 11 p.m.

- Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.: Dr. Seuss� How the Grinch Stole Christmas � Disguised as Santa Claus, the Grinch, along with his loveable dog, Max, steals everything that has to do with Christmas from the town of Whoville. However, he finds that he cannot steal the one thing that makes Christmas special: love for one�s fellow man. The Grinch learns the meaning of Christmas, returning all of the stolen goods back to the Whos and joining in their celebration. Encore presentations: Friday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 19, at 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 22, at 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 9:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9:30 a.m.

- Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer � This holiday story expands on the song of the same name. Grandma and her little general store are in danger of being bought out by developers in the town of Cityville. While Grandma tries to save her store, her grandson, Jake, attempts to save his belief in Santa Claus and the Christmas spirit. Encore Presentations: Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 22, at 8 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

- Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.: The Legend of Frosty the Snowman � When Frosty blows into chilly Evergreen, a perfect little town where fun is against the rules, he�s shocked to learn that the kids don�t know how to ice skate, pack a snowball or even use a sled. Frosty teaches everyone to have fun in their winter wonderland and in the process sets off a kid revolution. But the evil, ambitious Principal Pankley steps in to take control, by dethroning good-natured Mayor Tinkerton and making Evergreen more orderly (and less fun) than it ever was. Now it�s up to Tinkerton�s son Tommy to save his dad and the town, with a little help from his new friend, Frosty. Encore presentations: Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 a.m.

- Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m.: Christmas Dinosaur � This one-hour holiday adventure starts with Jason, a boy who is disappointed when he gets an egg for Christmas. Then it hatches into a pterosaur dinosaur. With the help of his brother Tommy, Jason must reunite his new friend, Spot the dinosaur, with its parents before his own parents find out. Encore presentations: Monday, Dec. 19, at 7 a.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 8 a.m.; Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4:30 p.m.

The rest of the month will be stuffed with enough Christmas cheer to power Santa�s sleigh, with premieres of new holiday specials and the best old and new classics, including, of course, Dr. Suess� How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

HOLIDAY PREMIERES ALL MONTH LONG

There is simply no reason to go outside this December as Cartoon Network brings an awesome selection of Christmas premieres to television.

- Thursday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.: Casper�s Haunted Christmas � Casper, The Friendly Ghost, is home for the holidays in Casper�s Haunted Christmas. Casper�s in high spirits until Kibosh, supreme ruler of all ghosts, decrees that Casper must scare at least one person before Christmas Day or be exiled, along with The Ghostly Trio, into eternal darkness. As usual, kind-hearted Casper has a ghastly time trying to scare anyone. The Ghostly Trio, fed up with his behavior, secretly hires Casper�s look-alike cousin Spooky to do the job. Encore presentations: Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m.: The Night Before Christmas: A Mouse Tale � On a cold Christmas Eve, the Mouse Family is bulldozed from their underground home. Cold and homeless, the family sets off to find new lodgings and, when all else fails, reluctantly seeks shelter in the home of the Atwell family. As Charles Atwell reads the classic poem The Night Before Christmas to his two children at bedtime, the mice see the Atwell�s decorated living room. Amazed at the enormous Christmas tree and bright decorations, Skip and Squeek sneak out of bed and into the Atwell living room to discover the real meaning of Christmas. Encore presentation: Monday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 a.m.

- Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 a.m.: We Wish You a Merry Christmas � The new holiday special tells the story of how Christmas carol�s came to be. In the tiny town of Harmony, three orphans, Ollie, Ted and Cindy, are down on their luck but intent on giving something back to their busy but good-hearted fellow townspeople. Cindy taps out a tune on a found xylophone, her two compatriots noodle around with some accidental lyrics and their gift is a wrap. Though reluctant at first, folks forget about the holiday frenzy and, through the magic of music, let the true spirit of the season flood in.

HOLIDAY CLASSICS, OLD AND NEW

Aside from all of the new Christmas specials this year, Cartoon Network is airing a smorgasbord of favorite animated Christmas specials.

- Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m.: The Night B4 Christmas � Elvin harbors dreams of leaving the North Pole, where he works in Santa's workshop, and to become a music star. He works up the courage to leave and follow his dream. Elvin makes some new friends but soon learns the hard truth about the music business. When Santa himself becomes ill, Elvin must decide to put his pride aside in order to get the gifts where they need to be on Christmas Day. Encore presentations: Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 11:30 a.m.; Thursday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, at 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 24, at 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 6 a.m.

- Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m.: The Powerpuff Girls: �Twas the Fight Before Christmas �While nice boys and girls around the world are dreaming of presents under the Christmas tree, the Powerpuff Girls are busy saving Christmas everywhere. Princess, Townsville�s greediest little girl, plots to trick Santa into turning her into the fourth Powerpuff Girl. To do so, she manages to switch Santa�s lists, making St. Nick believe the Powerpuff Girls and other nice children have been naughty. Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup explode into a Yuletide winter blizzard of bad-girl-thwarting action to put Princess in her place (on Santa�s permanent naughty list) and keep Christmas from disappearing forever. Encore presentations: Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 23, 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, at 6:30 a.m.

- Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 8 a.m.: Tangerine Bear � A star-studded cast (Tom Bosley, Jenna Elfman, David Hyde Pierce, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Marlon Wayans, Howie Mandel) lends their vocal talent to this 90-minute feature. Tangerine Bear depicts the story of Tangie, a bear with an upside-down smile, finding acceptance in a group of rag-tag toys in a thrift store.

- Friday, Dec. 23, at 12 p.m.: Olive the Other Reindeer � Olive the dog travels to the North Pole to help Santa Claus when one of his reindeer breaks a leg. Olive the Other Reindeer, a one-hour feature, is created by Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, and Olive is voiced by Drew Barrymore. Encore presentations: Saturday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

- Saturday, Dec. 24, at 12 p.m.: Mr. Magoo�s Christmas Carol � This animated special marks a merry marriage between one of the screen's greatest cartoon characters, Mr. Magoo, and the heart-warming holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Jim Backus (Gilligan�s Island) lends his unmistakable voice to the lovably near-sighted Magoo, who stars in a Broadway version of the Charles Dickens tale, impeccably cast as Ebenezer Scrooge. Encore presentations Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Cartoon Network, currently seen in more than 88 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.�s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world�s largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network showcases unique original ventures such as Foster�s Home for Imaginary Friends, Codename: Kids Next Door, Teen Titans, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, The Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other Cartoon Cartoons. Cartoon Network also features Adult Swim, its signature late night block of animation for grownups. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable�s highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network�s Web site is located at www.CartoonNetwork.com.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.





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