Girlfriend and I began celebrating the holiday
season by breaking out the Christmas movies. We started
with possibly the finest Xmas movie ever made... Die
We decided it holds up so well because it resists being
dated. The hair styles aren't much of an issue because
most of the film features Bruce Willis, famous as much
for his shiny pate as for his acting abilities. Bonnie
Bedelia's fuzzy mop is the only real dead 80s give-away.
Then there are the communication devices, mostly handheld
CB radios that the constabulary still uses. (I'm just
guessing about that as I rarely encounter the gendarmes
since I quit brewing white lightning down by the crick.
For all I know they might have broadband routers surgically
And the vehicles are mainly a limo, a van and a police
car, all of which employ form factors apparently set
in stone in 1973 by the Trilateral Commission. Unless
you're some kind of stickler for automotive detail you
hardly notice they're almost 30 years old, especially
with everything going FOOM! all around them.
Anyway, good times.
Then it was on to Rudolph the rheostat-activated Reindeer,
the uncut version. I love it mainly for the clunky, bargain-basement
stop-motion animation and for the finest performance
ever by Burl
Ives. But every time I watch it I wonder why:
(1) Yukon Cornelius didn't simply plug the Snow Monster
with that hog-leg he had conspicuously crammed down
his shorts, or
(2) Why Rudolph never simply flew away from danger, or
took to the air just to drop a hot steaming load on that
mean old mama polar
Yeah, I know. Shut up, Lefty.
Rudolph Trivia: The "Fame and Fortune" segment
and the rescue of the Misfit Island toys was not in the
original airing. They were both added for the 1965 broadcast.
Plus, the copyright
date on the title sequence is wrong. It reads MCLXIV
Finally, BG and I were enchanted all over again by the
remarkable simplicity of A Charlie Brown Christmas. I
learned that the original version was sponsored by Coca-Cola and
so the animation featured several intrusive instances
product placement. Thankfully, they were removed once
Dolly Madison assumed sponsorship.
On the Eighth Day of Xmas Shopping
my Reddit Secret Santa gave to meeeeeee:
Plush Weighted Companion Cube
my god! Raging Pencils has a store! That is, if you
call a couple of t-shirts a store. I'll be adding more
content as I get the hang of the interface but, until