Several Disney Channel stars help create a socially distanced Christmas special for the pandemic with the “Holiday House Party.” The special features stars of Disney Channel shows and movies starring in, mostly, holiday themed sketches. Most of the sketches take place over Zoom, so there’s limited interaction.
This seems like it’s a cute special that works perfectly for the target demographic. Unfortunately, I haven’t been the target demographic for most Disney Channel content in more than 20 years, so it did very little for me. The sketches were cute and I appreciate the effort that went into them. I chuckled at a few of them, but most weren’t that impressive to me. None were outright bad, but the whole time I was watching this special, I was thinking I’m way too old for who they want to be watching this.
My favorite sketch was probably “Preschool Musical.” It was a fun parody of the very popular “High School Musical” movies and Disney+ Original Series. I don’t know why I found that one the best, but I really enjoyed it. I think it was the “Bite Them On The Leg” song. As a father of two, I’m very used to the terror preschool aged children can cause. That song definitely got a chuckle and probably got the closest thing to a true laugh.
Quite frankly, the parts I didn’t like where less the pre-recorded sketches and more the segments featuring the host. She did a fine job hosting, but the jokes in those segments fell flat compared to the other sketches. The girl too self-absorbed to notice the ghosts from “A Christmas Carol,” the mom using cool kids speak to convincer her daughter to clean her room and the “Oops! I forgot” sketches all had their moments I appreciated.
I’m glad Disney Channel made this for its viewers. It’s been a rough year and if this special brings some joy to any of its viewers, then it’s worthwhile. But, I’ll never watch this again. If I wasn’t reviewing it, I wouldn’t have watched it the first time. It was fine. And, if I were younger, I probably would’ve loved it. But, at my age, it wasn’t for me.
Ranking: 2 stars out of 5.
What did you think of “Holiday House Party?”
Jeremy has been a big Disney fan since he was a kid growing up during the Disney Renaissance. One day he hopes to go to every Disney Park in the world.