Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Specials

It's aired annually for 53 years

Every year, usually on Christmas Eve, I write a short blog post quoting Luke chapter 2 (that's the chapter that has the birth of Jesus for those of you not intimately acquainted with the Bible) and a video from A Charlie Brown Christmas where Linus quotes it and says what Christmas is all about. I'll probably do it this year, so go ahead and look forward to it.

We need more Barenaked holidays

I haven't gotten into the Christmas mood this year as much as in the past. I still love the Barenaked Ladies' Christmas album -- Barenaked for the Holidays -- but that's really about it so far. It's too early for Nat King Cole and I think there are laws about listening to Kenny G prior to 5 PM on Christmas Eve. On Monday I joined my brother and a bunch of his friends in watching The Muppet Christmas Carol which was perhaps my favorite Christmas movie as a kid. I still know it pretty much by heart. Just as when I was a kid, the Ghost of Christmas Past still looks like a gelfling to me and still gives me the heebie-jeebies (the Ghost of Christmas Past, that child-spirit-thing, not the Grim Reaper-esque Ghost of Christmas Future. I'm ok with him). And I'm eternally grateful the "When Love is Gone" song is omitted from the DVD. That song was pain incarnate, and I don't mean the "oh, that's so sad" pain. I'm talking about the "my ears are bleeding please make it stop" pain.

I want to go waffling

Yesterday we watched A Claymation Christmas which brought back memories of quoting "I lost mine" decades ago. I can't help but wonder how long that special took to make. I heard somewhere that while filming A Nightmare Before Christmas three seconds of film a day was considered good, and while I'm sure they were taking their time to make sure the quality was top-notch, I have to imagine that A Claymation Christmas couldn't have gotten much more than 10 seconds day. This means that for the 23 minutes special it would have taken them 138 days of shooting to complete, or about five months, not to mention the pre- and post-production work that would have to be done. I suppose in 1987 it might have been pretty awesome, but now I can't imagine putting (at least) five months of work into something like that. Lets be fair: it's a fun little special, but after 23 minutes you're ready for it to be over.

In case you didn't see it as a kid, it's available on YouTube in three separate parts.

After that I put in Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog because I've been meaning to watch it and figured watching it with friends would be better than watching it by myself. Since it's not a Christmas special I won't go into detail and will simply leave you with this: awesome.

Hell cannot be this bad

To finish the night I wanted to do a rifftrax, which is done by the same guys who did Mystery Science Theater 3000, a show from Minneapolis, MN, where they take old movies and make fun of them. Rifftrax does it by just recording the audio track and letting you play it along side the movie, thus not dealing with those pesky copyright laws. This way they can do movies they would never have been able to get showing rights to, like Transformers and the utterly horrific Batman & Robin. I was (un)fortunate enough to have found a a rifftrax for the Star Wars Christmas Special. I can say without a molecule of doubt that the Star Wars Christmas Special is in fact the absolute worst two hours of television you can subject yourself or your friends to and may go down as the worst two hours of my life, period. Sadly, the rifftrax only made it marginally better. About 30 minutes in the room unanimously decided to change the film. We put in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and we all felt better about ourselves and humanity as a whole.

They say true friends are the ones who stick with you through the hard times. Yesterday I think Mark, Brooke, and Jessica proved to be true friends. Rocio abandoned ship to save herself. For shame.


Brooke said...

I think after watching that atrocity of a "movie"...if you can call it that, we all now know what it is like to walk through hell and back! I was ready to gouge my eyes out just to stop the pain!

Mark A. said...

pain? i didn't feel any pain while we watched the star wars special. i guess that's because my body went into shock within the first minute of watching and i was beyond feeling. i consider myself blessed.