Help me find a Dr. Demento 12 Days of Christmas Song
December 13, 2018 11:13 AM   Subscribe

I need some help identifying / tracking down an old Christmas song. It's a version of 12 Days of Christmas, but it's sung by a collection of old cartoon characters like Bullwinkle, Popeye, Elmer Fudd, Felix the Cat, Mr. Peabody, Scooby-Doo (or Astro, I don't remember,) with each character altering the lines (the 5 gold rings line was changed pretty much each time it was repeated.)

I used to have it on a cassette, which I'd taped off Dr. Demento back in the early 80s, and I've never heard it or heard of it since. I can actually remember most of the lyrics, but my Google-Fu has failed me. Anyone know of this version?
posted by arniec to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
It wasn't The Totally Ridiculous Twelve Days Of Christmas (or, A Cat Caught In A Pear Tree) by Frank Welker, was it? Welker was a Hollywood voice actor. He doesn't do those voices in this one, but he does imitate some actors and a number of animal sound effects.
posted by Lunaloon at 11:46 AM on December 13, 2018 [1 favorite]

I have never heard it, but there is a very old mention of it here on this Dr. Demento board; the poster says that Dudley Do Right is one of the singers, if that helps in your search.
posted by the webmistress at 11:50 AM on December 13, 2018

I searched the Demented Music Database for "days of christmas" and nothing popped out as the obvious answer, but this might be a good place to start. You could also ask on the official Dr. Demento Facebook group, where the good Doctor himself regularly hangs out.
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:45 PM on December 13, 2018 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The Dr. Demento site includes this mention, from CHRISTMAS 06 #4: "Actor Dave Coulier's 1980s "Cartoons Christmas" is a rare find."
posted by MonkeyToes at 12:58 PM on December 13, 2018 [3 favorites]

I'll bet MonkeyToes has it.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:02 PM on December 13, 2018

Monkey Toes indeed has it - and so does the Mad Music Archive! (a comedy music site established years back by a fellow initially hired to develop Dr. D's website, only to have the Dr. renege on the deal. Tch, tch.)

Registered users can stream shows online, and the 2013 I Still Get Demented #13-53 December 11, 2013 show has this song in part 5, starting at about 34:12. So, OP, head on over the archive and sign yourself up.
posted by Lunaloon at 5:26 PM on December 13, 2018 [1 favorite]

And now that I see the details, I understand why a search of 12/twelve didn't turn anything up...

details for Cartoons Christmas - Dave Coulier

Assumed/incorrect titles:
A Partridge In A Shoe Tree

Written by:
Mark Cendrowski (parody)


Parody of:
The Twelve Days Of Christmas

interesting facts (click to see playlist of show on which fact was mentioned, if applicable):
includes impersonations of many cartoon characters and celebrities
produced by Steve Lehman (president of Great American Comedy at the time) for a show called "Cartoons Of Our Lives"
Dave Coulier does all of the voices plus the trumpet in the background.

Um, and this...Alanis Morisette's hit breakup song "You Oughta Know" is indeed about him.
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:03 PM on December 13, 2018

Response by poster: MonkeyToes - that is it!! The version I found is much abbreviated but that was it. I'm now embarrassed that it was the Full House guy--as a kid I thought it was actually the cartoon character voices.

Thanks so much!
posted by arniec at 6:40 AM on December 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

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