In no particular order, here are the top 5 absolute best X-Mas Specials/Movies:
Muppets' Christmas Carol
Because as far as I'm concerned, the real Charles Dickens is the blue furry guy with the rat as a sidekick. Not to mention the "Marley and Marley" song is as absolutely terrifying as the rest of the movie is heartwarming.
Muppets' Family Christmas.
I would give the Muppets all ten spots, if I could. But this one definitely deserves to be here. All the Muppets get together at Fuzzy's mom's place, and they're joined by the Sesame Street Muppets, and the Fraggles. There's a special appearance by Henson himself, and nothing, nothing comes close to the sheer joy of watching the Swedish chef trying to find a way to cook Big Bird for supper.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
"You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch" is the one song I will still be singing long after all real Christmas carols have been emptied from my mind. And not to brag, but my heart grows three sizes every ten years. Apparently, it's a serious medical condition.
Invader Zim's "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever"
Everyone's favorite space invader Zim gets the bright idea to build a special Santa suit to enslave humanity. Archnemesis Dib tries to expose him, but the suit has its own ideas... Hijinx, as always, ensue. For no particular reason, this episode is narrated in the far future by a cybernetic snowman telling it as a children's story to a group of minature alien monsters. And it probably says a lot about me that one of the funniest things I've ever seen comes from this episode: when one of the alien monsters points out a plothole, the snowman wordlessly picks him up and slides him under a couch. That's not just a good Christmas lesson. That's a lesson that can be applied all year round.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I add this one because there's a good chance my mom will read this list. Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
Truly, so much to teach us all about the holiday cheer.
And that's my five. But what about yours? Post any beloved favorites here, and they can be properly judged and/or ridiculed by the masses.
Better late than never, right?
You're missing Die Hard. A classic, heartwarming Xmas movie if ever there was one.
Also missing: Bad Santa (if you're into that sort of thing -- and I am), A Christmas Story (never fails to crack me up), The Nightmare Before Christmas (doubles as a Hallowe'en movie), and Bender's Big Score (granted, the Santa Claus/Chanukah Zombie/Kwanzaa Bot story is a subplot, but that counts as an Xmas movie in my books).
My Word Verification is "furines", which sounds like it could be a D&D monster.
All awesome choices, although I only know "A Christmas Story" by reputation. And I can't believe I missed Nightmare! I love how it's Christmas, Halloween, AND a story about an undead skeleton having a midlife crisis. And while I'm fanwanking, best line of the show: Jack confronts Boogey with the words "How dare you treat my friends this way!" So... regal.
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