With Christmas only a few weeks away, we at Toonbarn have decided to compile a list of items that we believe would look great under the Christmas Tree this year. Personally, I’m just going to give my relatives download codes for a bunch of movies and call it a day, but it’s a lazy approach and won’t be appreciated by most people. Download codes may be economical and convenient…heck, it may even be the gift that people deserve! But it’s seriously not the one they need right now.
People these days would rather get things that can be wrapped in paper, stuffed under the Christmas tree, and shoved in their face so they can leave you the heck alone for the rest of the year…wait, sorry. I got a little bit carried away. I’m basically saying if you’re giving away something that is non-tangible as a gift, a smile would do. If you want to do something that not any random person with teeth can do, you need to follow our Holiday Gift Guide.
Of course, some of you are thinking this holiday gift guide is a month too early and should be posted mid-December, but what kind of pud releases a gift-giving guide around the time when most people have already bought gifts for their loved ones?! Not ME. I’m an entirely different kind of pud.
If you don’t want to spend a single cent on a really cool gift for a loved one, and don’t want to smile either, you should try your luck with Toonbarn’s Nintendo Wii U and 3DS Giveaway Contests. (It’s right there, on the right side of the page) Joining is free. If you win, you get yourself a free videogame console that can be given away as gifts and then borrowed later.
Now, on with the show:
Adventure Time Home Video Collection
Christmas Time is fast approaching, and what better way to mark the occasion than filling someone’s Christmas stocking with all the Adventure Time home videos that were released this year? Currently, we have Adventure Time: The Complete First Season, Adventure Time: The Complete Second Season, and Adventure Time: Jake the Dad.
If the person you’re giving the home video collections to aren’t familiar with Adventure Time (maybe because she’s been living under a rock all this time), this is the perfect excuse to finally recruit her to the fanbase, and you can do it with The Complete First Season, The Complete Second Season, and Jake the Dad sets. As the title implies, the first and second season collections contain all episodes she needs to watch in order to see just how awesome the land of Oo is (while the episodes are standalone and can be enjoyed out of order, there are thematic repetitions and throwbacks that will be appreciated only by longtime viewers so it’s better if she starts from the first season onwards.)
What’s even better is that Jake the Dad comes with a special Jake Hat that you don’t really need to give away. You can keep the Jake Hat for yourself and give the discs away, and it’s still going to be a kick-ass Christmas gift.
Iron Man 3 (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)
Released last September 24, 2013, the Iron Man 3 2-disc Blu-Ray/DVD set lets you own the third installment in Marvel’s Iron Man film franchise, which is usually credited as the movie that allowed Marvel to transition their comic book properties into lucrative film franchises. It’s also the movie franchise that transformed Robert Downey Jr from “the guy who stars in films that most men are embarrassed to watch,” to “the guy that men and their kids want to cosplay as, with or without armor.”
As far as the movie itself is concerned, Iron Man 3 is the biggest of the three – with Tony Stark facing the biggest threat in his armored career, at a time when he is at his lowest. It answers the most important question in the character’s mythos: does the man make the armor, or does the armor make the man?
The Iron Man 3 Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD set is worth the purchase even if you have already seen Iron Man 3 at the theaters. Because you might want to view it again, and I doubt any cinema out there is still screening the film. Also, there’s a ton of bonus content and a nifty little secondscreen functionality with the Free iOS JARVIS App.
Despite being big fans of Nintendo, we’re putting this higher up the list because it’s not available in most countries. You can skip this one if you’re not from North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or the Philippines. But if you are, you’re in luck because you can give away the Nintendo 3DS experience without spending 250 bucks on one, with the catch being that there’s no 3D functionality. But hey, only a few 3DS games need it to function.
The Nintendo 2DS is basically a budget version of Nintendo’s latest handheld gaming device, with a few important changes made in order to drive down the cost (and to prevent it from competing with the 3DS), namely the absence of a clamshell form factor and the aforementioned missing autostereoscopic 3D functionality. The average price for a new one is around 130 bucks.
The games are still fun to play (and less strenuous on the eyes) in 2D. If the person you gave the gift to complains about the lack of 3D, smack him in the head a bunch of times until he starts to see everything in stereoscopic 3D. Then take back the 2DS and play it yourself because it’s such an awesome piece of hardware.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition
Toonbarn has already reviewed Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition a couple of months ago. You can go directly to the review post but honestly, don’t bother. That extra click will do nothing but line my coffers with gold-plated ad revenue, something that I don’t really need because I’m already swimming in money, DuckTales-style. Just read the description below:
The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition is a Blu-Ray transfer (all cleaned up and polished, of course) of Disney’s 1989 animated adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale. Disney’s version of the Little Mermaid is ideal for your kid-friendly home video collection because unlike other fairy tale adaptations, the outcome of The Little Mermaid is varied depending on who’s telling the story. Everybody knows that Snow White woke up after being kissed by Prince Charming and then they lived happily ever after, or that the shoes managed to fit on Cinderella’s feet and then they lived happily ever after – but what exactly happened in The Little Mermaid?
Did she get free feet and lived happily ever after in the land? What about her friends and family under the sea? Or maybe Prince Arthur turned into a merman and they lived happily ever after under the sea? Who knows? If you have never seen Disney’s the Little Mermaid or are too old to remember, you don’t know either. You probably don’t even know that the Prince’s name is Eric, not Arthur.
So this Christmas, you might want to give a special someone The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition as a gift and let her experience an uplifting, positive story instead of that original version where the mermaid died and it was all sad and gloomy and a metaphor for not marrying foreign people.
Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Season Home Video Collection
The Regular Show: The Complete First and Second home video collection (out in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats) was released last July 16, but it still makes for a great Holiday gift, provided that the recipient doesn’t own a set yet.
The collections consist of all 40 x 11 minute episodes that make up J.G. Quintel’s hit animated comedy series Regular Show, which focuses on the zany pop-culture-reference-laden antics of a 6-foot tall blue jay named Mordecai and his best friend raccoon named Rigby, who while away their mundane existence as park groundskeepers by getting into as much trouble as an animated sitcom’s structure will allow.
The Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons will include more than two hours’ worth of bonus features, including the series’ unaired pilot episode.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol 30th Anniversary
Toonbarn’s Megan Scussel has already posted a review of Mickey’s Christmas Carol a few days ago. I recommend checking out her review instead of mine because she’s way, way better than me at this-this writing “thing” that we do here at Toonbarn. Her review can be accessed by clicking this link, it will open in a new window.
Here’s an excerpt from Megan’s review:
“Mickey’s Christmas Carol is exactly what you’d expect – a Disney adaptation of the story known for generations and retold in countless ways. Scrooge McDuck plays – wait for it – Ebenezer Scrooge, with Donald Duck as his nephew and Mickey Mouse as Ebenezer’s underpaid assistant Bob Cratchit.”
And here’s an excerpt from what would have been my review:
Mickey’s Christmas Carol is the perfect representation of my life, where everything is completely random and nothing makes sense, except for one thing: Christmas. Christmas is all about giving, and that is what Disney is all about. Buy Mickey’s Christmas Carol 30th Anniversary edition for Christmas, because it’s the perfect moral lesson.
Robot Chicken: Season 6 Home Video Collection
Why Season 6? Aside from the fact that the Robot Chicken: Season 6 Blu-Ray and DVD sets were released fairly recently, it’s also considered as one of the best seasons to date because it contains some of the best episodes that they have ever done, and includes a bunch of new-to-the-series stuff like the new opening (in which the chicken turns the tables on the mad scientist). There’s also the fact that Season 6 being fairly new means that a lot of the topics they spoof/parody are still fresh in the minds of people.
For more details about the Robot chicken: Season 6 Blu-Ray and DVD releases, you can check out Marc Morell’s review..
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United Blu-Ray
This Christmas, you can finally give your significant other the perfect amalgamation of something big, muscular, shiny, and worth a billion dollars as Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United will be released on Blu-Ray this December 3, 2013.
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United isn’t really Christmas-themed but it still a visual fit for the occasion because the dominant colors are Red, Gold, and Green and there’s lots of pretty lights and fireworks to be had, with the Armored Avenger and the Green Goliath finding themselves at odds first, then united against an evil force that no single hero can defeat.
You can check out the preview below to see what the heck I’m talking about: