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The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t (1972)

Vintage Thanksgiving Special

Vintage Thanksgiving Special

Here’s a little Thanksgiving after-school special for all you Gen Xers out there. This is a clip from the 1972 holiday original The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t. Happily, you can tune in to Boomerang at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (ET) on Thanksgiving Day to see the 30-minute commercial-free special.

The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t is the story of a dangerously fateful day for Johnny Cooke, a young Pilgrim boy, and Little Bear, an Indian boy, who are discovered to be missing. The first Thanksgiving feast cannot start without them, and when their friend Jeremy Squirrel hears they are in peril he goes on a daring rescue mission. He braves waterfalls and snarling timber wolves to save his friends and succeeds in saving them and therefore Thanksgiving Day itself. The little hero is then invited to be guest of honor at this very special feast.

“Animated holiday specials such as The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t bring back a lot of childhood memories,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. “We know that our viewers, both young and old, will feel the spirit of the holiday with this cartoon classic—it reminds us again that there is always a reason to be thankful.”

I wonder how many Gen X and Gen Y parents will be settling down to watch this with their children Thanksgiving morning. Guess what I’ll be doing at 10 a.m. ET?

Do you remember seeing this when it aired in 1972 or in subsequent years?




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  1. jenX

    @JUNKDRAWER 67 – It is so cornball and I can’t wait to watch it again in its entirety! Happy Thanksgivign!

    @TERRITORY MOM – Me, too! I have the faintest memory of it!!

  2. Territory Mom

    Oh, my goodness I forgot about this. We will be sure to watch it. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  3. junkdrawer67

    awesome. can’t believe i was unaware of a GenX-era holiday animation this cornball. thought i knew them all.

    based on the animation style i kept expecting Scooby Doo, Shaggy and the gang to come busting out of the woods to rip the mask of one of these characters, exposing their evil plot to ruin Thanksgiving for their own self ends.

    that and one of the characters do be voiced by Don Knotts


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