AVAHS – The Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas (1992) Review

Plot: Poky is a little puppy of a litter being cared for by a loving human family along with his adoring mother. As his first Christmas approaches, he makes a new friend and shares the holiday with him.

Breakdown: That title is something else, eh? Was it supposed to be The Little Puppy, Poky’s, First Christmas? Being fair, this is the same name as the book on which this special is based, but…..it just sounds so grammatically wrong.

Anyway, this is a cute little special. It’s Christmas, there are puppies and songs and yay. It’s got a soft and quiet vibe about it, and it very much just cute. Poky is considered a bit of an oddball, but I don’t understand why. He’s very much just a typical adventurous puppy enjoying his first Christmas with his family.

Shame the human family members were all tragically killed off-screen or something mid-way through the special.

I kid, but, seriously, the special had several human characters and then they all mysteriously vanished halfway into this 24 minute long special. The only gifts under the tree are for the puppies, too. It’s creepy.

Not that they were good dog owners anyway. These puppies are all under probably three months old and yet they just let Poky wander off into the woods alone and neither notice nor care that he’s not with them. Also, they nearly crush the other puppies under the tree they chop down….

Poky gets an incredible attachment to a random boot he found in the forest that he drags home. Who owns this boot? Dunno. Either someone walked home in the snow without realizing they lost a boot or this is a clue in a crime scene. It takes him forever to drag this thing home, which means his owners again neglect to notice or care that he’s clearly not with them. They also don’t notice he has a giant bright red boot until he’s dragged it into the living room and has gotten mud everywhere, so they boot his boot outside and tell him he can’t play with it inside. So…..he sings about how he wants nothing more than to have his boot inside.

I’m really not going to rag on this too much because he’s a puppy with a boot – it’s totally believable that he’d both grow very attached to it in a short amount of time and that he’d be so bummed at being told not to play with it inside that he’d sing about it.

But that’s okay, because, despite the humans being the ones who told him he couldn’t have the boot inside, Poky’s Christmas gift is being allowed to have the boot inside. Suspiciously, this happens after the family is killed off-screen, so I’m to assume Poky’s mother killed the humans and buried their bodies in the backyard to allow her son the joy of indoor footwear.

Poky’s aforementioned new friend is a skunk named Herman. He becomes homeless after Poky’s terrible now-dead human owners crush his hollow log house with their Christmas tree. As a Christmas gift, Poky gives his boot to Herman as a new home.

And that’s pretty much it.

The art and animation are charmingly simplistic. Everything looks like it’s hand-drawn and colored, but the animation can get pretty rough sometimes (Heheh….ruff.) and there are several instances of reused animation. I’m pretty forgiving of that, though, because it’s a seldom-known Christmas special from 1992.

The music is actually pretty nice and memorable. The song about the boot is very weird both in and out of context, though, and it’s difficult to really click with Poky’s mom’s song about how much Poky delights her because he’s so different when I still don’t get why he’s so different. They’re not bad songs, really, it’s just the subject matter that is off. The song with Poky and Herman was really catchy, though. Best of the bunch, in my opinion.

Overall, if you can find a copy of it (every copy I found was low quality and watermarked, but it worked) this is a really cute and chill Christmas special that I think anyone would enjoy.


If you enjoy my work and would like to help support my blog, please consider donating at my Ko-Fi page. Thank you! ♥

Buy Me a Coffee at ko-fi.com

Site Update: 8/23/15

Hey everybody, Fiddletwix here with a site update. I’ve been having a bit of a sudden hiatus, and I apologize for the lack of updates. My family recently adopted two young black lab puppies and I’ve been assigned to much of their care, which eats up a good chunk of my spare time especially considering that I have a crazy adult border collie to look after as well. They’re adorable puppies, though, so I can’t complain. I haven’t even really had much time to watch anime or read manga with school and work stuff to deal with as well. Additionally, I’ve just been overwhelmed emotionally and mentally for various reasons, so I’ve been struggling with that. However, I hope to get some new stuff out soon.

In the meantime, wow, awards. I currently have a grand total of six awards that have been graciously given to me by Fujoshika of Fujoshitep, Muranodo of Otaku Academia, Krystallina of Daiyamanga, Shiroyuni of The Limitless Imagination, Lazarinth of Fantasy and Anime and finally Cassidy Cornblatt of Funny Anime Pics. Thank you guys very much for all of your award nominations; and rest assured that I will be doing all of them. Nominations might be an issue because I tend to nominate as many people as humanly possible, but considering these are all new awards; four Creative Blog awards, one Free Spirit award and one Infinity Dreams award, I will be able to sort something out….it’ll just take me a while.

Things are getting a little more organized on my end, I think anyway, so hopefully I’ll be getting back to my rhythm. In the meantime, though, thanks for continuing to visit The Anime Madhouse, reading the post things, pressing the star and posting your thoughts and kind words through the magic box of commenting. You guys are the best. 🙂