12/20/2013 09:27 am ET

'Community' Animated Trailer: Season 5 Gets Cartoony

"Community" gets animated in a new trailer for Season 5, returning to NBC on Jan. 2, 2014.

In the two-minute clip, Jeff (Joel McHale) -- complete with a five o'clock shadow and a drink -- gets bombarded by "Santa," a.k.a. Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) and his elves, a.k.a. the study group gang.

Things get real meta real fast, as they often do on "Community." The characters use "getting together" as an excuse to explain when they'll be back on NBC, and how the Olympics will factor into their new wonky schedule.

Take a look for yourselves and get in on the weird.

"Community" Season 5 airs on Jan. 2 on NBC.