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Pageantate!
Pageantate!
Oh, the impending chaos...
Comic: "Christmas Remix" (click for full size)
Info
Number of Comics 10
Dates Published December 5th - December 25th 2014
Featured Character(s)
Various

One-offs in Between

"Not Over Yet"

Previous Arc
Rabbit's Foot
Following Arc
Maternal Instinct

Pageantate! is the 85th arc in Housepets!.

This arc marks the first time we see the full faces of several of the parents, as well as the first appearance of Jake; Joey's owner.

Characters Edit

Plot Edit

In a much more formal setting than ta typical "Imaginate" play, Peanut is getting the various pets invited to participate to get in places for "A(n Awesome) Christmas Pageant". The thing is, everyone seems to have a different script. Fox has King Wenceslas, Tarot has Miracle on 34th Street, and Tiger has How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He confirms to Grape that he gave everyone different scripts on purpose to encourage creativity...or chaos.

Pageantate! play begins

The Ghosts of Christmas Past (Sabrina), Present (Fido) and Yet To Come (Spo) are meeting to discuss the waning spirit of Santa Claus due to the loss of the Sword of Kringle. Present suggests they create a spiritual pocket realm where Santa can continue to exist in spirit. The Grinch (Tiger), however, appears and objects, determined to find the Sword of Kringle and rule Christmas himself. Spo breaks character and complains about not having any actual lines.

Meanwhile... (sign held up by Fox) George Bailey (Peanut) is contemplating suicide over the impending failure of his charitable savings and loan operation. He is stopped by his guardian angel, Clarence (Grape), who emboldens George with a new purpose in life: finding the Sword of Kringle and saving Christmas from an army of demons.

George meets the Ghost of Christmas Present, who tells him that the Grinch has cursed the land with a hibernation of frost, and he must seek out the 'Christmas Powers' to help him. George points out that Present must be powerful if he summoned him there, but present tells him the spirits of Christmas are fading. He leaves George with three gifts: King Wenceslas (Fox), Rudolph (Joey), and his adopted daughter Cindy Lou (Zach). George once again asks if Present is a wizard and has 'makey-go-explody' powers of some kind. Present hands him a bag of magic(k) junk and tells him to get out.

The Grinch's dog, Max (Marvin), comes in and snatch Cindy Lou. Zach appears grateful to potentially be out of the pageant. George and Rudolph jump to the rescue, and they all get tripped up. George ends up with Rudolph's red nose, leading Peanut to play as if he's fused with Rudolph. He seeks out Blitzen (King) to figure out how to fly (since, contemporary to George Bailey, Rudolph is a relatively new concept). After going through a silly set of instructions, he says it's just magic.

After almost perishing from the cold George and Wenceslas arrive in 34th Street, which is near the Grinch's mountain. They are greeted by John McClane (Max) and Susan Walker (Tarot). However just then the Krampus (Bailey) attacks. Blitzen has George call out the Krampus, which leads to him being taken. Meanwhile, King Wenceslas is attacked and quickly overwhelmed by various demons (Miles' cubs) as the set begins to burn down.

Blitzen tries to put a stop to the chaos, but gets caught in a building collapse with the Krampus. Before he dies, he warns George to beware the false reindeer. Max then says he will claim the Sword of Kringle. George has Susan reach into a magic(k) bag and read an incantation. The soliloquy, which reads as a deconstruction of Linus's soliloquy from A Charlie Brown Christmas, puts everyone to sleep.

The Grinch is confident he will find the Sword of Kringle. However, George says it cannot be found. He states it is a metaphor that exists in our hearts. George then pulls the real Sword of Kringle out of the Grinch's Santa coat, and defeats him. He then takes the Throne of Santa for himself to everyone's worship.

Pageantate! play ends

Meanwhile, in the audience, the Wolves cheer wildly, while the human parents present—Earl and Jill, Bill, Jerry, Jeff, Ryan, and Jake—are unsure of what they just witnessed.

EventsEdit

  • The faces of Earl, Jill, Jerry and Ryan are revealed for the first time. Bill's face had been seen previously (though never without his opaque sunglasses), and Jeff's face had been seen in One Cat's Treasure.
  • This is the first appearance of Jake, Joey's owner.

TriviaEdit


Story Arcs
2008
Imaginate! | The Game | Cat Tail | The Raccoons | The Adventures of Spot | Fido's Return
| Mouse Mouse Revolution | Thematic Arc of Questionable Quality | The Zoo | The Grove |
Housepets Christmas | The Yarn Ball |
2009
The Further Adventures of Spot | The Vet | A Mouse Named Spo | Zap! | Fall of the Pridelands |
The Continuing Adventures of Spot | A Sinister Shadow | Roadtrip Woo | Down At The Farm |
Money Sharks | n-ple Date | The Uncanny Adventures of Spot | The Visitor | Oops I Arced |
It's A Wonderful Dog's Life (All the King's Men) |
2010
Ocean's Two | Imaginate, Too! | The Present | Spot McCloud Presents Comics |
Dog Days of Summer | Theme Park World | The Adventures of Stripe | Movie Night |
Scaredy Cats | Noob Tube | Hope of the Pridelands |
2011
We're Snowed In! | The Preeminent Adventures of Spot | The Arc Specifically About Being Naked |
Not All Dogs | The Great Water Balloon War | Let's Imaginate Macbeth! | The Interview |
The Case of the Aztec Gold | A Respite In The Country | Spots and Stripes | A Holiday at the Zoo |
2012
Housepets Babies! | Show Business | What Money Buys | The Mall |
The Critical Review of Spot | The Trial in Heaven | Let's Imaginate Guys and Dolls! |
Testing Grounds | Taking Cover | PsyCon | Getting Physical | PsyCon2: PsyConner |
The Retroactively Continuous Adventures of Spot | Temple Crashers |
All Hallow's Ween | The Unbearable Lightness Of Being A Dog |
2013
One Cat's Treasure | Love And War | Jack of One Trade | The King And I |
Mice To Meet You | THE GALLIFRAX PROTOCOL |
Jungle Fever | Yes, Jessica, There Is An Opener Of Ways |
2014
Let's Imaginate And Then There Were None! | What's The Story? |
Tiger's Very Own Super Special Television Show! |
Heaven's Not Enough, Part 1 | The Interlude of Spot | Heaven's Not Enough, Part 2 |
The Ineptitude of Spot | Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3 | I Need A Vacation
All Hallow's Ween: Resurrection | Rabbit's Foot | Pageantate! |
2015
Maternal Instinct | Wolf's Clothing | Ea(s)ter | The Future of Tomorrow, Today! |
All's Fair, Part 1 | The Plot Against Spot | All's Fair, Part 2 |
Housepets 5000 BC, Part 1 | Housepets 5000 BC, Part 2 | Housepets 5000 BC, Part 3 |
Special Delivery |
2016
The Spot-tacular Spot | Flip That Den! | Fort Pillow |
The 4 Animals You Meet In Heaven |
Puppy Power | Real Stories of the K9PD | Snow Joke
2017
Save the Date, Part 1 | Save the Date, Part 2 |
Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crashers, Part 1 | Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crashers, Part 2 |

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