Pokemon, Christmas Bash

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Not quite as “lost in translation” as you might expect (or hope).

Since everyone's favorite seizure-inducing Japanese TV cartoon was hyper-marketed during its late-'90s heyday, it's not surprising that someone finally decided to put out a Pokémon Christmas record. Though not quite as “lost in translation” as you might expect (or hope) for an album coming from a country where Christmas is still a relatively new holiday, Pokémon Christmas Bash still delivers plenty of weirdness, like the version of “The Christmas Song” with various Pokémon characters (collect ‘em all!) trading lines in “We Are the World” fashion, or the creepy, voyeuristic-cum-pedophilic overtones of “I'm Giving Santa a Pikachu This Christmas.”