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"Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" is episode 46 of Comedy Central's animated television series South Park. An album of comedic holiday songs, some featured in the episode, and others exclusive to the album, or featured in other episodes, was released the week prior to the episode's original air date, December 1, 1999. In September 2008, Russian prosecutors filed a motion to ban the series based on complaints received about this episode. This is Mary Kay Bergman's final episode

Episode

The episode is styled as a variety show and features Mr. Hankey as the host; he sits by the fire in his sewer home and introduces shorts featuring unusual holiday songs. The episode was dedicated to Mary Kay Bergman, the voice of most of the female characters on the show, who committed suicide less than a month earlier. Since the episode features audio from the Christmas Classics album, which had been recorded months earlier, it marks the final episode in which Bergman's voice appears.

Songs/scenes

  1. "Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo", performed by a postman
  2. "Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel", performed by Kyle Broflovski, with Eric Cartman, Stan Marsh, and Gerald, Sheila and Ike Broflovski
  3. "O Tannenbaum", performed by Adolf Hitler
  4. "Christmas Time In Hell", performed by Satan and the damned
  5. "Carol of the Bells", performed by Mr. Mackey
  6. "O Holy Night", incorrectly performed by Eric Cartman
  7. "Merry Fucking Christmas", performed by Mr. Garrison
  8. "I Saw Three Ships", performed by Shelley Marsh
  9. A Christmas medley performed by Jesus and Santa Claus as lounge singers, featuring: "Joy to the World", "Up On the House Top", "Away in a Manger", "O Come All Ye Faithful", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", "Silent Night", "Rio", and "Let it Snow"
  10. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", performed by Mr. Hankey and the cast.
  11. During the ending credits a reprise of "Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel" plays.


"Fighting the frizzies, at eleven."

Before and after every commercial break, a live action segment featuring a news anchor is shown, saying "Fighting the frizzies, at eleven." This is a reference to a bootleg tape of The Star Wars Holiday Special which is the source for most of the bootlegs currently available online. The original tape featured a brief clip at the end from WCBS-TVmarker featuring newscaster Rolland Smith informing viewers, "Fighting the frizzies, at eleven.". As a novelty, those who reproduce the tape for others have customarily left this unusual clip intact, rather than editing it out. However, while the original news ad was apparently referring to "frizzy" hair, the ending credits of this episode of South Park features the news anchor boxing a man in a giant fuzzy suit.

Kenny's death

During the episode's final song, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", after the boys sing the line, "Through the years we all shall be together, should the fates allow," an overhead lighting fixture falls and crushes Kenny. The boys are visibly shocked, but the song is not interrupted and there is no usual acknowledgment of Kenny's death by Stan and Kyle. During the final line of the song, rats can be seen eating Kenny's corpse.

Album

The album features more songs than the show. Additionally, some of those featured in the show are slightly different than the aired versions, due to content and running time. All songs are completely uncensored unlike the TV show version. Songs marked with an asterisk (*) are featured in other episodes of the series, and those marked with two (**) are not featured in the television series at all:

  1. "Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo" - Cowboy Timmy 2:16
  2. "Merry Fucking Christmas" - Mr. Garrison 2:04
  3. "O Holy Night" - Eric Cartman 1:57
  4. "Dead, Dead, Dead" - Juan Schwartz** 2:13
  5. "Carol of the Bells" - Mr. Mackey 0:57
  6. "The Lonely Jew On Christmas" - Kyle Broflovski* 2:46
  7. "I Saw Three Ships" - Shelly Marsh 1:02
  8. "It Happened In Sun Valley" - Stan Marsh And Wendy Testaburger** 2:21
  9. "O Tannenbaum" - Adolf Hitler 1:10
  10. "Christmas Time In Hell" - Satan 2:15
  11. "What The Hell Child Is This?" - Chef** 4:28
  12. "Santa Claus Is On His Way" - Mr. Hankey* 0:28
  13. "Swiss Colony Beef Log" - Eric Cartman** 2:16
  14. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - Eric Cartman* 0:40
  15. "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" - Ike, Sheila, Gerald, and Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Stan Marsh 3:20
  16. "The Most Offensive Song Ever" - Kenny McCormick And Mr. Hankey** 3:00
  17. "We Three Kings" - Mr. Ose** 0:51
  18. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - Mr. Hankey 2:30


There is also a rare promo-CD version of the album, titled Mr. Hanky's Christmas Classics (Dirty Version). This version contains the Christmas medley by Santa Claus and Jesus (longer version than the one in the show, including clips from 11 different songs, including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", "The First Noel" and "Ludacrismas" between "Away in a Manger" and "O Come All Ye Faithful"), as well as a "Most Offensive" (sung completely by Mr. Hankey) version of "The Most Offensive Song Ever" (titled "The Most Offensive Story Ever Told" on the promo-CD).

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