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New Christmas Hero: Poezenklaas!

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 20, 2010

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This short animated Christmas film by Victoria Cook is just 46 seconds long, but the cheerfully addictive music is going to live with you for the rest of your life. It’s that impossible to get out of your head. Meet Poezenklaas! The chubby tabby who whisks all good children to the land of rainbows, ice cream and percussion instruments made out of baked goods. Poezenklaas is way more awesome than boring ol’ Santa Claus!

Just the other day I was thinking that no truly great Christmas song has been written in the last 30 years or so. They’re all so typically overly earnest and thus such a total drag. Actually, I find the same thing when modern singers cover old Christmas standards. The only Christmas songs that are truly catchy and what you want to hear blasting over a supermarket’s speaker system are the true classics. Frosty. Rudolf. The Charlie Brown score. They’re all fun — as long as they’re performed by their original performers.

Cat dressed as Santa in a rock band with two children

But now there’s Poezenklaas! It’s a truly fun song and a wonderfully designed character. But, then again, I have a soft spot for chubby kitties, especially ones with bellies full of pies. Also, the kids jamming with this new Christmas superstar reminds me of classic Saturday morning cartoons, like Josie and the Pussycats and the Archies.

There’s just a lot to love here. It could be the start of a new holiday tradition.

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