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Pop Culture Christmas Classics

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Original air date: Monday, December 08, 2014

Although we enjoy the variety of holidays celebrated at this time of year, we’re going to focus on Christmas tales that are retooled and retold repeatedly, and those we find once that stick with us. Whether conveyed by song, on film, or by other means, they become part of the lexicon we use to express the meaning of Christmas. Join Stacy and Malayna in reviewing some of their favorites, and compile your own list of classics to share with those you love!

Below are Malayna’s pre-show notes, but listen to hear how the conversation REALLY went

Santa or Jesus — it’s the same story! (Kinda)  Read the article that grew from this episode on Unity.org!

 

FromTor.com: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/12/bizarre-holiday-specials – by Bridget McGovern

Scrooged (1988): By the time Murray and the rest of the cast (including Karen Allen, Carol Kane, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Johansen and Robert Mitchum) start singing along to “Put A Little Love In Your Heart,” I defy you not to get a little teary (in a good way!) — (Saw it with Carlton!)

Christmas At Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (1988): In which Grace Jones arrives in a giant box and performs the only rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy” I’ll ever truly love. Plus, Pee-Wee teaches Little Richard how to ice skate, Charo performs “Feliz Navidad” with robot accompaniment, and Zsa Zsa Gabor appears as “Princess Zsa Zsa” and SO MUCH MORE. A hyper-affectionate throwback to the campy holiday TV extravaganzas of the 60s and 70s, Pee-Wee’s Christmas special is a total bizarre, sparkly delight with a heart of gold (and you can actually watch the whole thing here, thanks to the magic of YouTube! Just try not to read the comments. Ever.)

A Muppet Family Christmas (1987): [John Denver, Scooter, and the Muppets sing “The Peace Carol” for the television special John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together. It also appeared on the soundtrack album.]

The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974):

Community: The show has had two fantastic Christmas-themed episodes to date; the first, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas,

TV Specials:

FROM http://entertainment.time.com/2013/12/12/10-greatest-christmas-tv-specials-from-your-childhood/

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) “This Rankin/Bass special has it all, from Burl Ives as the snowman narrator , to the Island of Misfit Toys, to Hermey, the elf who longs to be a dentist — and who saves the day by performing a dental extraction on the Abominable Snow Monster.”
  • Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) – The first-ever Peanuts special – pathetic little tree! Actually quotes from the Bible, reminds people the holiday is about the birth of Christ and is against commercialism.
  • Grinch who stole Xmas – 1966 – great song! “animated by the great Chuck Jones (the Warner Bros. animator behind some of the most celebrated Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck shorts) and narrated by Boris Karloff (who also does the creepy honors as the title character). Includes the priceless ditty “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” sung by Thurl Ravenscroft (a.k.a. the voice of Tony the Tiger).”
  • Frosty the Snowman (1969) – Jimmy Durante (drawn complete with schnozz) narrates and sings the title song.
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970) – Fred Astaire and toy-hating Burgermeister Meisterburger
  • Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) – Snow Miser and Heat Miser, Rankin/Bass Clayamation
  • Jack Frost (1979) –Claymation
  • Jack Frost 1998 – Michael Keaton – reincarnated dad as snowman
  • Skip to 2012 with Rise of the Guardians — Generation after generation, immortal Guardians like Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) protect the world’s children from darkness and despair. However, an evil boogeyman named Pitch Black (Jude Law) schemes to overthrow the Guardians by obliterating children’s belief in them. It falls to a winter sprite named Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to thwart Pitch’s plans and save the Guardians from destruction.

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