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Darkwing Duck saves the holiday in a special show set in his own hometown

December 22, 1991|LAUREN LIPTON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

It's Christmas, and the toys are coming to life! Well, almost--"A Precious Moments Christmas" is a holiday special, starring animated versions of those porcelain-figurine collectibles you've seen on cards, plates, ornaments and jewelry. Apparently, they've always wanted to do their own show, and they finally got a development deal ... never mind.

Once you get past the obvious commercial element of the special, the story is as follows: A child has a mission to deliver a jeweled crown to a newborn baby in Bethlehem. Dom DeLuise, Roddy McDowall and Don Knotts lend their voices to the tale.

"A Precious Moments Christmas," today 7-7:30 p.m. NBC. For 2- to 11-year-olds.

MORE KIDS' SHOWS

Tattertown (today 11:30 a.m.-noon Nickelodeon) is an animated holiday special that takes place in a magical land of discarded objects and toys. For 2- to 11-year-olds.

Lloyd Bridges and Ringo Starr lend their talents to Shining Time Station Holiday Special (today 6-7 p.m. and Wednesday 7-8 a.m. KCET), in which a mysterious stranger teaches the meaning of Christmas. For 2- to 7-year-olds.

Indiana Jones meets danger head-on in the 1981 movie that made him a household name, Raiders of the Lost Ark (today 8:30-11 p.m. ABC). For ages 10 and up.

The rebroadcast of Mom for Christmas (today 9-11 p.m. NBC) stars Olivia Newton John as a young girl's fantasy mother. For aes 8 and up.

Two new episodes of Henry's Cat (Tuesday 7-7:30 p.m. Showtime) pits the animated feline detective against Rumbaba, "the world's most evil sheep," in a battle to rescue a kidnaped Santa Claus in "The Case of the Missing Santa." Then a broken clock puts time in reverse in "When Time Went Wrong." The shows are preceded by a repeat of the Storybook Classics installment "The Tailor of Gloucester" (7-7:30 p.m.) and followed by the holiday movie Prancer (8-10 p.m.). For all ages.

How's this for a coincidence: A different (live-action) rendition of "The Tailor of Gloucester," rebroadcast on Great Performances (Monday noon-1 p.m. KCET and Tuesday 9-10 p.m. KPBS) tells the yarn of the tailor and some friendly mice. For all ages.

Fred Astaire narrates the animated holiday classic Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Wednesday 6-7 a.m. KCAL), which tells at least one version of how Kris Kringle came to be. The animated special The Little Drummer Boy follows (7-7:30 a.m.). For all ages.

A little girl asks a newspaper editor that burning question in the animated special Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus (Wednesday 6-6:30 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m. KCBS). For all ages.

The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade (Wednesday 7-9 a.m. ABC) includes appearances by all the usual suspects, plus the cast of "Dinosaurs" and some characters from "Beauty and the Best." For all ages.

The rebroadcast of Disney's Christmas on Ice (Friday 8-9 p.m. CBS) features skaters such as Katarina Witt and Robin Cousins, plus Mickey, Minnie, Roger Rabbit and others. For all ages.

What effect does a parent's drug and alcohol use have on his or her children? Scott Ross Special: The Addicted Family (Saturday 11 a.m.-noon and 10-11 p.m. Family Channel) explores this question and looks at ways for families to get help. For ages 13 and up.

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