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A NIGHTMARE BEFORE XMAS on “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, December 24)

On today’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” a musical salute to the animation duos who, since the 1960s, have helped to define holiday seasons for generations of viewers: Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Mad Monster Party); Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) and Chuck Jones (Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!); Tim Burton and Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas).

We’ll also give a nod to the Victorian-era genius of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and two movie adaptations, United Productions of America’s Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol and Ronald Neame and Leslie Bricusse’s Scrooge.

Finally, we’ll share a clip from an animated work visualizing an unexpected holiday story by none other than Beat storyteller William S. Burroughs.

Call this one, “Your Nightmare Before Xmas.”

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“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon.