For the first time in a while, AD had a really tough act to follow.
Steve: Oh my God, a mall Santa. I...I didn't see him. Is he... Stan: Dead? You were gonna ask if he's dead? Steve: I was gonna ask if he's ok! Stan: Oh, no. No, no, no. No, he is...he is dead. He is NOT ok. He will NEVER be ok. Because he is, say it with me...dead. You didn't say it with me.
So with FG going in one odd direction, AD went in a different one. Santa as a revenge-crazed maniac was a nice change of pace. And that was a hell of an epic fight at the end against Santa and his army of elves. I expected the whole thing to end in a dream sequence, but how about that? It was all real. That was the biggest surprise for me.
Probably not family-friendly for its time, but compared to today, where 8-11 PM is all dirty cartoons or cop shows about rape, abduction, or murder, it seems pretty tame. Probably more a reason, as others have stated, not to reboot it at all.