Club Penguin’s We Wish You a Merry Walrus
For today’s Mountains Monday, it’s time to share something from the past! Given that it’s December, I’ve decided to go with Club Penguin’s holiday-themed TV special from 2014: We Wish you a Merry Walrus. It’s hard to convey the excitement there was for this back when it released; it was the first time Club Penguin had tried something like this, and although there would later be two subsequent similar stop-motions, there was something really exciting about Club Penguin coming to TV.
The plot relates to a couple of characters being sent on a mission to save the Merry Walrus, a character who resembles Santa, from Herbert. Sadly, it can’t be watched online completely for free in English, but there’s a couple of clips online.
In truth, the Merry Walrus Party which went alongside this TV special in 2014, replacing the Holiday Party, received immense criticism to the point it attracted a significant response from the Club Penguin team.
Probably the more exciting video though is one released by the Club Penguin team about the process behind getting out this TV special; it’s incredibly impressive, and even though it’s quite short, it goes into pretty good detail.
Even if the party was disappointing, there’s something really remarkable about how Club Penguin was a key feature on Disney Channel, even after its prime.
Omg I remember this. I was so hyped for the TV special at the time. I loved seeing Herbert in it fully voice acted, but most of the penguin characters aside from Rockhopper really annoyed me for some reason. Looking back on the party, I think the concept was quite cool and fit club penguin better than just plain old Santa, but I remember being super disappointed by the party itself. It just could have been executed better.
Yeah, the party was generally regarded as heavily disappointing, even if the TV special was quite…well, special!