'Community' Gets Animated in New Season 5 Trailer (Video)

The returning NBC comedy gets meta with its latest trailer touting the Jan. 2 return.

Community is getting the animated treatment -- just in time for the holidays.

NBC on Thursday debuted a two-minute trailer done in the vein of the three-part "Abed's Master Key" web series that debuted during the show's 2012 hiatus, titled "Miracle on Jeff's Street."

When the animated trailer opens, Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is seen checking his answering machine and drowning his sorrows with a stiff drink. But before you know it, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) -- dressed as Santa Claus, with Chang (Ken Jeong) as his reindeer -- breaks through Jeff's window. "Ho-ho-hold on, hold on ... there's glass in my face ..."

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After the Dean tells Jeff he's going to shower him with gifts because he was "good" this year, out pops the old study group gang (minus Pierce)!

Things get super meta with the cartoon characters explaining, in a rather unique way, how to catch Community when it returns Jan. 2, how NBC has scheduled it for its fifth season and how the Olympics will affect it.

Then things get weirder.

Watch below.

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