Oh boy, here it comes! The big reveal!

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Ghostly disembodied appendages walk in front of the gang ‘n’ the Globetrotters…

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…but what’s this?! As if by magic they fade into existence…

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…and are met by further paranormal evildoers!

Fortunately, our heroes solve the mystery, and…

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it’s just a coupla random guys!

…wait, what? How did–

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Velma: “Why, it’s nothing but luminous paint, cardboard statues…”

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Velma: …wires, and sheets!”

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So… that how there were human arms emerging from tiny boxes?

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And floating hands articulating levitating telescopes?

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Aaaaaand how a ghost made Shaggy fly all around…

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…despite… um… there being nowhere for wires to even be hung to…

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and then disappears into literally nothing?

I’ve always loved how by the end of an episode, Scooby-Doo writers:

1. don’t remember what the did in the first half

2. proceed to explain 10% of it

3. call it a day

As Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town comes to a cl…

…those who fondly recall the ending…

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…will be glad to hear that if you flip the image…

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…yes, Santa is reading an actual teensy letter.

Hard to make out, but “Dear Santa, why do you come down the chimney at night when I’m asleep?” is my best guess. 

This… this may have been my favorite find of…

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Don’t know how I never noticed as a kid…

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…but as they fall…

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you can see the lil’ suspension device the animators used for the strings.

And that’s so dang cool.

Apparently in some early versions, you could see a hand with a flash for a frame, which was later caught and removed… glad that no matter what, there are always more secrets to be found.

“…I’ve been wondering about this guy’s busin…

Carl the Animator: “What, the smokestacks outside?”

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Ted the Animator: “No, like… in the charts, things seemed very stable on the bottom, but on the top…”

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Ted the Animator: “…I guess the business just, y’know… stopped for a month?

Carl the Animator: “I mean, a sure-fire way to decrease revenue is to just give up and stop existing for a bit.”

Ok, so, the Burgermeister is doin’ his big son…

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He complains about how they–

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Uh oh. A rather-pointy toy soldier!

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It’s gonna unwittingly poke him in the booty–

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…never minds, it’s dancin’ around like it can’t wait to poke him.

Carl the Animator: “You know you’re the bad guy in a Christmas special when even the toys are lookin’ for an opportunity to stab you.”

Ted the Animator: “Har har. Look, instead of making fun, go get me some blue tack to hold the dang thing down.”

Know what I like?

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That since the Winter Warlock calls his evil hench-trees “Willie Willow” and “Peter Pine”

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…despite neither of them being willows or pines…

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…it carries the obvious implication…

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he just liked the names.

Look, just ‘cause you maintain an evil grasp over a spooky mountain doesn’t mean you can’t make time for fun.

I’m wondering if it’s somethin’ used to keep t…

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…but hopefully someone knowledgeable in stop-motion animation can explain to us…

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…why, exactly, the Burgermeister gets poked with a stick for a couple dozen frames.

It should have been decently outside the overscan/unsafe area boundaries of analog TVs, so it certainly wasn’t expected to be seen… mysterious!

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The little objects that got bumped in Rankin-B…

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Like the boats who dance along with you……

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…the eerily-alive fur vests…

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…jittery haunted foliage…

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…and my personal favorite…

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…lightbulbs with connections the animators noticed broke, which they fixed… and then broke again the very next frame.

Ted the Animator: “I swear, this freakin’ circuitry… how do museum diorama people put up with it?”

Carl the Animator: “I wish the ‘70s would hurry up and invent better LEDs already.”

“…what are you doing over there?”

Carl the Animator: “Fixing the light.”

Ted the Animator: “…you know I’m shooting frames already, right?”

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Carl the Animator: “Yeah, but it’s a little too dark, lemme just–”

Ted the Animator: “Not now, Carl, it’s already been set!”

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Carl the Animator: “Needs just a little more rimlight. Hold on while–”

Ted the Animator: “Chill, you dingus, it’s gonna be flashing now!”

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Carl the Animator: “…ehhh, guess it looks better the way it started out. The more you know.”

Ted the Animator: “Carl, I’m seriously sick of your inconsistent penguin illumination.”

Ooh, foreshadowing! Planning ahead for his con…

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Kris: “I’ll save him a big red yo-yo!”

Cool of him to plan it out like that, he’ll be sure to–

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…Kris. 

Pre-Santa. Dude.

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…you went out of your way to specify the red yoyo.

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Keep up with your with your toy commitments, man.

Watch it… you ain’t startin’ off on the right foot, Kringle- oh, sorry, Burgermeister. Too soon?

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