Debuted in 2006
Plot in 3 Sentences: Toot travels to Scotland for his great Aunt Peg’s 100th birthday and promises to be home by Christmas. Puddle, meanwhile, entertains cousin Opal, who is visiting for the holidays and the two of them decorate and prepare for the holiday. A terrible storm delays Toot’s return but when he does get home, they all have a wonderful Christmas.
Fun Fact: A Toot and Puddle series debuted two years after this special, with a whole different voice cast and animation style.
My thoughts: Picture book author Holly Hobbie has written several books about these best friends and this special is based on one of them, which was published in 2001. Toot and Puddle are anthropomorphic pigs who live very much like people in a cute little house. When Toot leaves for Scotland, the special splits into two stories. One dives into Scottish culture as Toot tours Edinburgh and celebrates with his family and the other follows Puddle and Opal as they get ready for Christmas. Both feel somewhat like checklists of things to mention or show in these two different subject areas and I think they could have been trimmed down a bit so that this could have been brought in under half an hour, as it does feel like it drags. Overall, though, the animation is charming and it has a nice gentle feel with nothing scary or sad in it. It’s mostly a celebration of spending time with family and friends during the holidays.
Individual Superlative: My House Needs a Name! – Toot & Puddle’s house is named Woodcock Pocket, which is one of those phrases that’s super fun to say. Now I want to name my house something that’s fun to say.
Want to Watch it? Toot & Puddle – I’ll Be Home for Christmas is available on DVD.