The Junky's Christmas
Junky's Christmas, The
If there could be an exact opposite to the holiday animation of the Rankin/Bass team, this 1993 claymation short would be it. Based on a 1952 short story by William S. Burroughs (it's also his craggy voice that narrates the film), The Junky's Christmas
tells the familiar yuletide tale of the fresh-out-of-lockup smack addict and his quest to score on Christmas Day. If you thought it was tough to buy last-minute stocking stuffers, the plight of junkie Danny's frustrated quest will seem familiar â?¦ in a perverse way. The set pieces and black-and-white film stock do a fantastic job of establishing the 1950s-New York milieu that Burroughs originally set the story in, but the animation benefits greatly from the progress the form has made since the glory days of Burl Ives' Santa Claus. The DVD inclusion of two short films, Ironbound
and Traveling Light
, have nothing in common except that Francis Ford Coppola produced all three; they're merely here to fill up the DVD's available space.