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And So It Begins

wacky reindeerThis past Friday night Beloved Girlfriend and I pulled the metaphoric finger out of the Xmas Video dike by watching the most kick-ass Xmas film ever: "Die Hard". It's our annual go-to film to kick off the holiday season. Except for some funky hair-do's this 25-year-old film never seems to get old. Or it could be that I'm still trapped in the 80s. Still, it wouldn't be Xmas without Bruce and Argyle.

We followed that up with "Arthur Christmas", Aardman Studios inventive take on the St. Nick myth.

On Saturday we made a mess o' cookies and then got deeper into our festive cups with the following vids:

A Christmas Carol (1951, Youtube)
A Muppet Family Christmas (Youtube)
Kung-Fu Panda Holiday (Netflix)
Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas Youtube)
Ziggy's Gift (Youtube)

In case you're counting that's one B&W film, one puppet film, one computer animation, one claymation and, finally, traditional animation. To me, that's the five food groups of entertainment.

In a nutshell: Alistair Sim as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" should not be missed. "A Muppet Xmas" is Jim Henson at his schmaltzy, corny, wonderful best. "Kung-Fu Panda" is, surprisingly, a charming, clever, heart-warming story about family. "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas", an episode form NBC's community, bends the holiday genre into a meta-pretzel. And "Ziggy's Gift" is almost painfully sweet but the animation by the amazing Richard Williams keeps things lively. Check 'em out.

We have LOTS more seasonal fun to wade through but today I added three new titles to the pile: "The Blue Carbuncle", "Beyond Tomorrow", and "The Office Christmas Special". I'll keep you posted.


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