If your holiday DVD collection is a bit on the sparse side (like mine -- I mean how many times can I watch that South Park Mr. Hanky special?), YouTube is a great resource.
Christmas TV Special Montage: When it got to Full House, I started blubbering away.
Vintage Toys R Us CommericalFrom the 1970s: Toys R us and Christmas were always inextricably linked in my mind. It's the greed factor, I know.
Erasure's Andy Bell and Melissa Etheridge sing X-Mas: Worst Lip-Synch Ever!
Cingular's Christmas Story Parody Ad: "You'll poke your eye out with that cell phone!"
DirecTV "Movie Villains" Christmas Ad:
The Monkees Go Christmas Tree Shopping: And looking damn cool doing it!
A Pac-Man Christmas (abridged version): Thankfully edited so you don't waste too much of your life.
Star Wars Holiday Special: Also thankfully edited. With the Jefferson Starship!
"A Better Or For Worse" Christmas: No, I didn't know they made this one, either.
Barking Pee Wee Herman "Jingle Bells": Yes. Exactly.
A Charlie Brown Heavy Metal Christmas
A Charlie Brown "Scrubs" Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas Alternate Ending (NSFW)
A Charlie Brown Pulp Fiction Christmas
Eric Cartman Sings "Oh Holy Night": Sublime. One of my favorites.
That Rankin Bass X-Mas Cartoon With The Mouse: You know the one.
That Tom And Jerry Cartoon Where Tom Almost Lets Jerry Freeze To Death: (shudder)
"The Snowman": Fast-forward to around 9:30 to see him all melted. And that's the end of the cartoon. Damn intellectual cartoons!
Carl Sagan's Global Warming Christmas Special: With Tom Hanks as Dean Martin.
An Andy Williams NBC Kids Christmas Special: With Punky Brewster, the Cosby Kids, and a young Joey Lawrence!
You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch, "House" Style:
Christmas With Harley Quinn
Child Gets Nintendo 64 for Christmas, Goes Insane: Nope, this holiday isn't getting too materialistic.
A Foamy Christmas (NSFW)
Lobo ParaMilitary Christmas Special (NSFW): Remember Lobo? He was cool once.
Santa Claus Pwns The Martians
Scared of Santa Claus: Montage of photos of kids scared by department store Santas
Santa Claus Is Watching You by Ray Stevens: Stalking is apparently prime humor fodder.
Frosty the Snowman Meets Al Gore (NSFW)
Urban Legend: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Swimming Bird Death Plunge
Cute Little Bird Rides Christmas Train
Red Bull Christmas Commerical: Three Wise Men give Red Bull to baby Jesus, claims it has angelic powers.
And Let's Not Forget The YouTube Yule Log:
Great! I have stuff to watch while I'm stuck at work on Monday!ReplyDelete
Blech, x-mas specials. I appreciate these things, about x-mas, in this order:ReplyDelete
My girlfriend's obsession
"Holiday cheer" (booze)
This a fantastic post! I linked it on both my blogs. :)ReplyDelete
That montage is to "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"!
That's the most depressing Christmas song ever!!
A little off-topic but have you seen this?ReplyDelete
It has you written all over it. You can obviously write well. I'd love to see what you could come up with.
With the Holiday coming up, I wanted to spotlight a gift I received from one Dan DiDio, who proved to me that my sticking with the stories was a good decision. The following is his quote:ReplyDelete
"There is a plan. There always has been a plan. It has been altered, twisted, turned, but there is a direction, a focus, and a reason for the way things are playing out in the DC Universe. If something occurred over a particular time that seemed to concentrate a particular “flavor” – in this case, death, then that is a mistake on our part to oversell it in a short window. But there is a reason for everything, there is a purpose for the story, and it ultimately goes to a better, bigger story at the end of the day which I think people will react incredibly positively to. I hope, at least.
Nothing is done haphazardly or done just to be gratuitous. The volume has been turned up for a reason. The panic that’s starting to permeate throughout the DCU is there for a reason. We are building to something called Final Crisis. There are spikes in the story as it moves forward, with endings and beginnings as we continue along. We tell periodical stories with continuing, larger stories interwoven throughout. Some of the characters live, some of them die, some return from the dead. The instantaneous reaction by some fans these days is amazing. A character dies, say, with Oliver Queen on his wedding night. The volume of the outrage over the “death” was just amazing – no one wanted to see how the story played out, or if they did, they were hopelessly outshouted by those who, for some reason saw that scene as the end of the story. As it’s clear now, it wasn’t the end of the story by any means. It’s almost as if a contingent of readers these days have lost the desire to speculate, to guess, to wonder about how a sudden intense scene, or even a death will play out.
For those people…may I introduce you to our trade paperback selection? As I said, I’m in the business of periodicals. We’re selling dramatic storytelling told in episodic fashion. The idea that people come back to try it again and see what happening is key to that.
So are characters dying more than before? Characters have been dying and “dying” for decades in comics. How many times did Dr. Doom “die?” How many times did we think that the Joker was dead? Death and the presumption of death are elements of dramatic storytelling. Yes, we’ve rasied the volume, but again, we’ve done it for a reason. Hopefully, people will understand as they see it unfold, that there has been a method to the madness all along. "
"The volume of the outrage over the “death” was just amazing – no one wanted to see how the story played out, or if they did, they were hopelessly outshouted by those who, for some reason saw that scene as the end of the story. As it’s clear now, it wasn’t the end of the story by any means. It’s almost as if a contingent of readers these days have lost the desire to speculate, to guess, to wonder about how a sudden intense scene, or even a death will play out."ReplyDelete
Quite apart from the fact that he's once again trying trying to shift blame to a nameless group of fans yet again for DC's own creative failure, he's also either being deliberately disingenuous or outright lying about the response to the 'death' of Green Arrow - the 'outrage' he describes was centered not on the percieved death of a longtime DC mainstay, but instead on the poor execution of the story and the continuing trend of sexualised violence that DC has pursued.
Plus, if there's a 'plan' that's been altered and changed to the point that the endgame is different from when the plan was initiated, then it wasn't really much of a plan at all by definition. If anything, it was more of a vague idea, really, and a 'vague idea' is how you run your self-published comicbook about slacker kids who form a band, not how you run a multimillion dollar stable for intellectual properties in your care.
Presumeably when he was Senior VP, Dan had a 'plan' for the highly successful Mainframe Entertainment company, too, but that didn't save it from bankruptcy.
Man, that "Christmas with Harley Quinn" is really creeping me out.ReplyDelete