Favorite Christmas Movie Moment, Part 5

It’s A Wonderful Life

Zuzu’s Petals. Even in the midst of the world collapsing in on George Bailey, he finds time to be a loving and gentle father to his baby girl. An underrated moment in one of the best Christmas movies of all time.

Favorite Christmas Movie/Special Moment, Part 4

The Year Without A Santa Claus

sick_santaI love all of the classic Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated holiday shows, even Rudolph with all of the evil and reprehensible supporting characters, but TYWASC is one my all-time favorites; in part because of those two bizarre random characters, Snowmiser & Heatmiser, Mother Nature’s sons. The live-action remake was terrible and I cringe when I see the commercials for the new “sequel”, but the original is fantastic.

Favorite Christmas Movie/Special Moment, Part 2

A Wish for Wings that Work

Another favorite Holiday Special of mine that I simply must watch every year. I can’t believe they don’t show it on TV anymore or that most people have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention it. It’s all based around Opus the Penguin’s obsession with flight, which leads to him writing a letter to Santa asking him for wings that actually work. It’s a great story with a good moral and lots of laughs.

I searched and searched for a single moment from this short special that I could call my favorite, but I just could not pick one. (Though the scene in chapter two when the Kiwi at the Flightless Bird Support Group is ranting about his wife Delores leaving him for an Albatross ranks pretty high.) So I posted the whole show, divided into three chapters less than 10 minutes each. If you have the time, watch it. You won’t be disappointed.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Monday Miscellany

Favorite Christmas Image (for today anyway):

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It’s not the only thing that’s toasted!

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Gotta Go Back to Work to Get Some Rest

Another busy weekend of shopping (which, short of three items, is now complete) and decorating (a tree in every room. That’s seven in all: six artificial and one big live specimen. Most of what’s left to do is our outside lights and decorations which we will put out tonight, hopefully before it starts raining.) among other festivities. The singing in church went okay I guess. And the wife’s children’s sermon was excellent. She got a good laugh too; when she began she made a statement to the effect of, “I am very nervous to be up here. It’s not the kids – I talk to kids all day every day – but my hind end isn’t facing an entire congregation while I’m doing it.”

So, overall, not a restful weekend by any means. But not unexpectedly so either.

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Favorite Christmas Movie/Special Moment, Part One

Complete with Kazoo Solo!

Watching Christmas On TV

Outside of the typical lineup of It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, and the original animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas (not the horrible Jim Carrey remake), these are the top 5 Holiday Movies/TV Specials that must be watched every December in our home;

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

the hudsucker proxy

The Coen Brother’s wonderful movie about Norville Barnes’ (played by Tim Robbins) journey from the Hudsucker Industries mailroom to president of the company & back down to the sidewalk. “You know, for kids.”

A Wish for Wings that Work (1991)

Opus

Berkeley Breathed’s tale of Opus the Penguin’s seemingly never-ending quest for flight. I love this little animated special even if Berkeley himself doesn’t. Bloom County, Outland, and now Opus have been my all-time favorite comic strips for years.

Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)

Olive

A very nice animated holiday special from the Simpson’s creator Matt Groening based on a really great children’s book of the same name. Poor little dog Olive misunderstands Santa’s radio address (following an injury to Blitzen) to make the trip with “all of the other reindeer” as “Olive, the other reindeer.” She is convinced for the rest of the movie that Santa is calling upon her to make it to the North Pole to save his Christmas journey.

Bad Santa (2003)

Bad Santa

Okay, this one is kind of a guilty pleasure. But how can you go wrong with Billy Bob Thornton as a con-man Mall Santa, Lauren Graham as a woman with a Santa fetish, and the Coen Brothers directing?

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

Emmet Otter

My lovely wife just doesn’t understand my affinity for this one. But it’s Jim Henson’s muppets in a twist on the old “Gift of the Magi” story. It just ain’t Christmas without hearing the rockin’ tunes of the Riverbottom Nightmare Band & knowing that my brother Willie can always remember the line that follows, “Look at da birds, up in da tree…”