"A Rugrats Chanukah" is a special episode of Nickelodeon's animated
television series Rugrats. The first episode of the show's fourth
season, it tells the story of the Jewish holiday Chanukah through the
eyes of the Rugrats, who imagine themselves as the main characters. The
idea of a Rugrats Chanukah special was pitched by Nickelodeon
executives in 1992, but the concept was revised and became the 1995
special, "A Rugrats Passover". After production of the Passover episode
wrapped, the crew returned to the Chanukah idea. Nickelodeon broadcast
"A Rugrats Chanukah" on December 4, 1996; the episode received a
Nielsen rating of 7.9 and positive reviews from television critics.
Along with other Rugrats episodes featuring Grandpa Boris and his wife,
the special attracted controversy when the Anti-Defamation League
compared the character designs to anti-Semitic drawings from a 1930s
Nazi newspaper. (more...)
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Mayflower Pilgrims landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts,
establishing the Plymouth Colony.
American settlers in Mexican Texas made the first attempt to secede
from Mexico, establishing the short-lived Republic of Fredonia.
After serving two years in prison for encouraging people to resist
military conscription, anarchist Emma Goldman was deported from the
United States to Russia.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length cel-animated
feature in film history, premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los
Apollo 8 launched from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, placing its crew
on a trajectory to the Moon, for the first visit to another celestial
body by humans.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Situated between; lying among
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I was persuaded and am, that God's way is first to turn a soul from its
idols, both of heart, worship, and conversation, before it is capable
of worship to the true and living God.
--Roger Williams (theologian)