Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

My 50 Favorite Christmas Movies, Specials, Cartoons and TV Episodes

50. Santa's Workshop/The Night Before Christmas -- a pair of Disney Silly Symphonies.
49. Elmo Saves Christmas
48. The Santa Clause 2
47. Scrooged
46. Frasier: "We Two Kings" -- most of the Christmas episodes of Frasier are really good, but this one--the episode where Frasier and Niles fight over hosting Christmas and then attempt to surprise their father at work on Christmas--is usually my favorite.
45. It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

44. Pluto's Christmas Tree
43. Sanford and Son: "Ebenezer Sanford"
42. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) -- generally I'm not too much of a fan of the Rankin/Bass holiday specials, but I like this one. I think out of tradition...
41. Justice League: "Comfort and Joy" -- for the scenes with J'onn J'onzz spending Christmas with the Kents alone.
40. The Vicar of Dibley: "The Christmas Lunch Incident"
39. All in the Family: "Edith's Christmas Story" -- I think this is another series that had really great Christmas episodes, especially because they didn't ignore that unpleasantness doesn't take the day off. Sometimes, bad things happen on Christmas, and how you handle them is what makes the difference. (Side note: a show that I think has never handled Christmas well? The Simpsons. God, I hate Simpsons Christmas episodes.)
38. The Bear -- Raymond Briggs is magic.
37. Ziggy's Gift -- Richard Williams is also magic.
36. South Park: "Woodland Critter Christmas"
35. Quantum Leap: "A Little Miracle" -- the episode where Sam and Al pull a Scrooge on Charles Rocket. Obviously, I'm quite a sucker for A Christmas Carol.
34. Family Guy: "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" -- one of a small number of episodes of this show that I truly love. This is back when the show was animated, like a cartoon, instead of static. And I totally love the KISS Saves Santa stuff.
33. King of the Hill: "Mrs. Wakefield" -- King of the Hill also did great Christmas episodes; they're all good, but this is one of my favorites, with an elderly woman demanding to die in the Hill home.
32. Mickey's Christmas Carol -- I saw this in the theater, but I have no memory of what it played in front of...
31. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
30. South Park: "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics" -- a number of songs from this end up on my Christmas Playlist.
29. A Garfield Christmas
28. All in the Family: "Edith's Crisis of Faith" -- this is the one where Edith's drag queen friend gets murdered and Edith doesn't feel like going to church anymore. This one hits close to home for me, mostly because of my sister.
27. Futurama: "A Tale of Two Santas"
26. Toy Tinkers -- Christmas cartoon with Chip and Dale, which gives these guys two appearances on this list.
25. A Muppet Family Christmas
24. The Lemon Drop Kid
23. King of the Hill: "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" -- the one where Bill goes crazy and thinks he's his ex-wife. God, I love this show. I can't believe they canceled this... but it did free me from having to watch anything on Fox.
22. Die Hard -- come on, this counts.
21. Doctor Who: "A Christmas Carol" -- my personal favorite Who Christmas episode. Can't wait to see tomorrow's!
20. Love Actually
19. It's a Wonderful Life
18. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) -- the original, accept no substitutes. Although Richard Attenborough is actually quite a nice Santa Claus in the retread, er, remake. Good performance in a movie that has zero reason to exist. But the original is a classic and a favorite.
17. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
16. Blackadder's Christmas Carol
15. Married...with Children: "You Better Watch Out", "It's a Bundyful Life", "Christmas", and "The Worst Noel" -- one of my all time favorite shows. I don't care what you think, it was funny as hell. All of the Christmas episodes were hilarious, but these four make for a nice, hilarious mini-marathon. They work so well together I decided to cheat and make them one entry.
14. The Nightmare Before Christmas
13. Scrooge (1951)
12. Peace on Earth -- the classic, scary MGM cartoon by Hugh Harman. A cautionary Christmas.
11. A Christmas Carol (1971) -- the animated short film by Richard Williams, with Alistair Sim and Michael Hordern reprising their roles from Scrooge.
10. A Christmas Story
9. Eloise at Christmastime
8. Gremlins -- come on, this counts, too.
7. Father Christmas -- I rather like the idea of Santa Claus as English.
6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1965) -- the Chuck Jones cartoon, of course.
5. The Muppet Christmas Carol
4. A Charlie Brown Christmas
3. A Christmas Carol (1999) -- this one with Patrick Stewart is my favorite filmed version of my favorite Christmas story. The CD version of Stewart's one-man show is also impeccable. And if you haven't read the original Dickens, my goodness, do it now.
2. John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together

1. The Snowman -- I can't think of a sweeter impression of Christmas.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas with Gizmo

I was pretty xazzed to find out that Hallmark made a Gizmo ornament this year! It's the kind of thing that totally belongs on my tree, except that it costs $25, which is an insane price to me for a Christmas ornament, even one this adorable. So instead I'm going to make a Santa hat next year for the Gizmo that Colleen Brennan acquired for me like the angel she is. I haven't sewn since my high school Home Ec class, but I'm sure I can do that...

Xmas: You're a Mean One, Mr. Sith

Like I wasn't going to post this. Tons of fun in just under three minutes, and not one mention of Life Day.

A Last Post of Christmas Tree Pics

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Xmas: The Night Before Christmas

Only the third ever Tom and Jerry cartoon. Beautifully animated, and this is a nice print, too. Must have come off the Blu-Ray.

Fuck All Republicans Everywhere

Well, if the traitorous Teabaggers in the House of Representatives really think that cutting off unemployment insurance is really going to win them more Congressional seats and a presidential election next year, that should tell you everything you need to know about who you're dealing with. Just keep in mind that these people are purposely damaging the economy in order to keep Barack Obama from being re-elected. They don't care about your jobs, they care about theirs. They don't care about your money or health or well-being, or even their oaths of office. They're not representing you, or upholding the Constitution. They're not doing anything.

The nice thing is, if recent polls are to be believed, people are starting to realize this. People are starting to wake up to the simple fact that the Republicans have no ideas and are only interested in themselves. People are getting it. There's something very wrong going on, and anyone with a brain knows where the blame is.

I hope you motherfuckers who voted Republican in the midterm because you thought nothing was being done are having a really good Christmas. Personally, I'll be spending December 25th mulling over where we'll be able to park the car to sleep at night when my wife's unemployment runs out in 11 days.

Random Thoughts

:: The Atlanta Braves are getting all litigious about Pixar's upcoming movie Brave. Probably they're just doing their due diligence in protecting their racist copyright brand.

:: I saw on the news this morning that a couple of studies had been done into creating more virulent, more resistant strains of bird flu that could easily be passed around by ferrets, but that US authorities are asking that the information not be published for fear of bio-terrorism. I have to admit, I'm a lot less afraid of bio-terrorists than I am of assholes who would pass this around just to see if they could do it. Like the guy who created computer viruses just to see if it could be done. There's always some idiot who has to ruin things just to see what happens.

:: There's apparently quite a wave of Christmas-related vandalism in the Northwest Suburbs this year; people finding that their elaborate Christmas decorations have been ruined. It galls me, as that sort of thing does every year. Is it really so hard for people to just respect other peoples' property and move past it? And then I have to flip on the news and hear people talk about those angry atheists or Muslims or terrorists, instead of just calling out what it is: privileged teenagers with too much time and not enough to do who are absolute assholes. That's all it ever is. Asshole teenagers. Maybe that bird flu should get out; we have a surplus of asshole teenagers and no World War to fight.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Xmas: The Tick Loves Santa!

17 Becca-Filled Years

Since Becca and I weren't married for quite some time, we always counted our anniversary from our first date: 20 December 1994. So as of today, we've been together for 17 years. I don't know how I've fooled her into staying with me for so long, but somehow I did and I hope I can keep doing it for the rest of my life.

Happy Anniversary, Becca.

Still More Christmas Tree Pics

Monday, December 19, 2011

Xmas: A Calvin & Hobbes Christmas

Thanks for the heads up, Douglas!

Kristen Bell Mondays

1 week.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Becca Feeds a Squirrel So Much That It Comes Around Looking for Food

Be here later for the inevitable conclusion, Becca Goes to the Hospital for Her First Round of Rabies Shots.

Song of the Week: "Merry Xmas Everybody"

SamuraiFrog's Essential Christmas Songs #6. I just think it's fun, and it's glam, so glam Christmas is a natural for me. Becca likes Elton John's "Step Into Christmas" and Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," I like Slade.

Xmas: Peanuts, 1957