Happy Kwanzaa, everyone! Time to celebrate this holiday of remembering the legacy of the African American people with Nickelodeonâ€™s:Â A Rugrats Kwanzaa.Â Debuting in 2001, it still stands as the only Kwanzaa special that Nickelodeon ever aired. So is this special as memorable and classic as theÂ RugratsÂ Christmas and Hanukkah specials or is this holiday too obscure for the babies to understand? This isÂ A Rugrats Kwanzaa.
We start this special on a rainy night at the Carmichaelâ€™s house where Susie wants someone to play with. However her older sister Alisa is on the phone and her older brothers Edwin and Buster are busy doing different activities. Suddenly their Great Aunt T to come visit them for the holidays. The kids are a little concerned since they donâ€™t know who she is, especially Susie. She then begins to tell them about Kwanzaa, but the kids donâ€™t know about it. So she decides that the kids deserve to know about the holiday since itâ€™s a celebration of the legacy of their ancestors.
Afterwards, Great Aunt T gives them Kwanzaa gifts: Alisa gets an African hat, Buster gets an African beaded necklace, Edwin gets an African tribal mask, and Susie gets an old photo album. Susie doesnâ€™t feel special compared to the rest of her family. Tommy and the rest of the babies visit Susie and she begins to explain about Kwanzaa to them and tells the babies about her problem. Tommy tells her that Susie is special no matter what, but Susie isnâ€™t convinced. She tries everything that her brothers and sister does, but it doesnâ€™t work. She tries creating a vase out of clay for Great Aunt T, but it fell and looks like a blobby cup.
She runs to her parents room and starts crying. Great Aunt T sees her and cheers her up saying that sheâ€™s still too young to try to pursue things like science and soccer and that sheâ€™s special in her own way. Then the power goes out and Great Aunt T decides to borrow Susieâ€™s album and tell stories.
One story involves with her and her husband Charles driving fast to reach Washington D.C. to hear Dr. Martin Luther Kingâ€™s speech. Charles sees a man struggling to get his car fixed and he stops to help him. That man turned out to be Dr. King himself. The next story involves with Lucy, Susie’s mom, as a little girl being nervous singing in the choir. The final story involves with Lucy as a young adult crying that she doesn’t have enough money to go to medical school. Great Aunt T gives her a check with enough money for her schooling. The special concludes with the lights turning back on and feasting on peanut butter sandwiches and Susie making the Kwanzaa speech.
Overall, this special was a tad bit forgettable and the weakest in the holiday specials thatÂ RugratsÂ has aired. It didn’t have the same charm that theÂ RugratsÂ Christmas and Hanukkah specials had. At least with the Hanukkah and Passover specials, they explained the origins of the holidays well enough for a kid to understand. This special didn’t explained Kwanzaa well enough or long enough for a kid to grasp. That’s a shame too because the Carmichael family aren’t shown enough inÂ RugratsÂ and it would have been nice if they hadÂ reenacted the Kwanzaa originÂ RugratsÂ style. I could have easily seen Edwin portraying as Maulana Karenga. I don’t recommend checking it out.
If you want to see a good animated Kwanzaa special, check outÂ The Proud FamilyÂ Kwanzaa special. It’s funny and explains the meaning of Kwanzaa much better.
That’s all for now. Tune in next time as we look into a forgotten Christmas special calledÂ Christmas in Tattertown.
Hope to see you around Old School Lane soon. Happy Kwanzaa!