Plot in 3 Sentences: Chowder desperately wants an electric broccoli trimmer with detachable non-electric cauliflower trimmer for Knishmas, but it’s too expensive for Mung to buy. In order for Knish Krinkle to bring it to him, Mung’s schmingerbread house has to be good enough for him to eat but since he knows his schmingerbread skills are poor, he goes to Endive to buy a proper one. When Chowder finds out, he disguises himself as Knish Krinkle so that he can choose Mung’s house to make him feel better and when the real Knish Krinkle sees his selflessness, he gives him the trimmer anyway.
Fun Fact: In this episode, Chowder gives Panini (who has a crush on him) a kiss on the cheek as a Knishmas gift. The final episode of Chowder shows that when they grow up, they get married and have lots of kids. Adorable.
My thoughts: When it comes to Christmas specials, there’s good weird and bad weird and then there’s this one, which I put in the category of awesome weird. Chowder is a strange little show anyway, centering around a master chef and his apprentice, in a world where everyone is named after a food item. The upside of its oddness is that you don’t have to know anything about the show to enjoy this episode. There are some really fun and bizarre transitions, like singing nutcrackers, and some surreal moments along the way that make me laugh every time I see them. Although the majority of the special is traditional animation, it’s book-ended by stop motion segments featuring Gazpacho in a Santa suit, serving as a sort of narrator. As wacky as the whole thing is, there is a sentimental core here with a great message about caring for those you love and caring for yourself as well. It’s this core, I think, that makes the difference between weird that works and weird that doesn’t. We watch this bizarre little gem every year.
Individual Superlative: Strangest and Yet Most Amazing Gift – After seeing this (and hearing Chowder say it so many times), I found myself wishing I had an electric broccoli trimmer with detachable non-electric cauliflower trimmer. How have we all lived so long without one?
Want to Watch it? Chowder: Hey, Hey It’s Knishmas! is not currently available for home video, but you can watch it on YouTube or usually catch it in reruns during the holidays.