Dame Edna Everage, the gladiola-loving Australian 'housewife,' hosts this talk-show spoof. The self-proclaimed megastar, fond of calling her fans 'possums,' is the alter ego of actor Barry Humphries. Wearing trademark oversized glasses and sequined gown, the comic starred in numerous other TV shows and specials, including 'Dame Edna's Hollywood,' 'Dame Edna Kisses It Better,' 'Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch' and 'A Night on Mount Edna.'
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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.