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Spread some holiday fear with this horrific 2002 computer-animated Christmas special

If you’ve taken a look at Netflix in the past week or two, you’ve probably noticed an influx of insanely obscure and terrible looking Christmas movies. This yearly dump of Hallmark classics and straight-to-VHS trash can provide endless entertainment for those tired of watching A Christmas Story for the hundredth time. But recently, a new cinematic holiday misfire was discovered that’s so far beyond terrible that viewers may be turned off from both the idea of Christmas and film. It’s called Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa and that awful title might be the best thing about it.

This monstrosity, which follows our occasionally rapping protagonist, Rick E., as he attempts to celebrate Christmas with his disgusting looking classmates, was unearthed by flops expert and former A.V. Club head writer Nathan Rabin as part of his ongoing “This Looks Terrible!” series. Throughout his review, Rabin tries to parse out the myriad issues in this glitchy, incomprehensible holiday mess that inexplicably counts Mark Hamill, Nancy Cartwright, and Clint Howard in its cast.


It bears repeating that, despite obvious problems with writing, pacing, and tone, perhaps the biggest issue with Believe In Santa is that it truly looks terrible. From the opening credits—written in, of course, Comic Sans—to the nightmarish characters that rarely blink and never properly interact with their environment. “Imagine the very worst computer animation you’ve ever seen,” says Rabin. “Now multiply that awfulness by a thousand times and you still only have a vague sense of the eyeball peeling hideousness of the animation.”

The full film, which is bound to become a new holiday favorite for many, is available on YouTube along with the director’s only other IMDB credit, Wolf Tracer’s Dinosaur Island, which, again, wastes the talents of Mark Hamill. For more of Nathan Rabin’s musings on this and other abominations of cinema, check out Nathan Rabin’s Happy Place.

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Dan Neilan

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