The audacious and hilariously profane Richard Pryor (1940-2005), who influenced an entire generation of comics, is saluted in this outrageously funny tribute. Among those singing his praises are Dave Chappelle, Jamie Foxx, Whoopi Goldberg, Denis Leary, Bernie Mac, Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Eddie Griffin. Also featured are clips from Pryor's concerts and films, and recordings based on diary entries.
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One of the most popular novelty songs of recent memory forms the basis of this animated holiday-themed comedy. As if young Jake Spankenheimer doesn't have enough problems on Christmas Eve, he has to help his mom and dad prevent mean-spirited Cousin Mel (voice of Michele Lee) from taking ownership of the family store. When his grandmother gets lost in the cold in the midst of the confusion, Jake is sent out to find her, only to discover that she's become the victim of a rather unusual hit-and run accident -- and that Santa is real, but not quite the sort of guy he was expecting. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer was directed by Phil Roman, who previously helmed several of the Peanuts TV specials in the 1970s and was a producer for the TV series King of the Hill and The Critic. Elmo Shropshire, who as one-half of Elmo and Pasty recorded the hit version of the song, narrates the story and contributes new songs for the soundtrack.