Awesome Stop-Motion Animation Cut from Anthony Bourdain's Holiday Special

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The Travel Channel will air Anthony Bourdain’s annual holiday special on Monday, December 12, but it won’t air the excellent stop-animation below as part of it. Bourdain wrote the story for the animation based on the legend of Krampus, Santa’s sidekick in Austria and parts of Germany. Krampus reminds me a lot of the Zwarte Piet figure in the Netherlands. Like Zwarte Piet, Krampus uses a switch to whip children who’ve been bad and stuffs them in a sack. Unlike Zwarte Piet, Krampus isn’t black and a former slave (ahem), he’s an awful looking demon-type creature who would scare the chocolate out of any kid. (Which is likely why this piece was cut). Take a look and let me know if you think your kids could handle it:


Bourdain, though a rugged and foul-mouthed figure (it’s like looking in a mirror…) can’t be accused of being insensitive to the needs of children. He has a 4-year-old daughter, Ariane. Let’s hope she’s been good this year so she doesn’t get licked by Krampus. Eww…

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