As I’m sure most of you have done, I reviewed some of my previous posts and found my lacking in contemporary material. Guess I should have made that one of my New Year’s resolutions! One of the last posts listed the films my wife and I viewed during our Christmas vacation in 2011. I thought it might be a good idea to do another list, especially since this year there was quite a new theme that developed, T.V. series!
Instead of spending the vacation alone, my in-laws came and spent a week with us for Christmas. In preparation for their arrival, my wife and I cleaned, decorated, and prepared for the onslaught. At the same time, we were eager to assert our Chancellor-Queen Bess traditions on the incoming family so that we could still feel like WE were getting a vacation too. It just so happened that these traditions include Christmas movies, especially kids movies.
I don’t know why, but it seems like a lot of Christmas movies geared towards adults are just plain boring. Two of the few exceptions are White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. So Queen Bess and I are always on the look out for Christmas movies from our childhood to add to our collection. Luckily just a few days before the family arrived, a fortuitous trip to Barnes & Noble paid off.
Ever since reading this post on Pajiba (pajiba.com), I’ve been looking for the movie. I was raised on the Muppets and this movie is in the same vein and the traditional classics such as the Muppet Movie, et al. I found the movie while looking for Shrek the Halls (I know, I know, a bit low brow, but I enjoy this humor occasionally too and it’s the holidays so I get to indulge, right?) I bought both and subsequently watched both that evening with the missus.
I don’t like to do too much reviewing because it tends to give a lot away and ruins some of the first-time-viewing feel, so I’ll just say that Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (1971) stole the show and will be a staple from now on. Not only is it hilarious without intending to be, but it’s a feel good movie without feeling to preachy. If you watch looking to laugh and don’t take it too seriously, you too, may appreciate. Or maybe it’s just my own warped sense of humor. Either way, it’s a good film.
Here’s a list of the other films that we saw:
1. White Christmas (1954)
2. The Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
3. Despicable Me (2010)
4. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
5. Les Miserables (2012)
I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and I hope to have more blog posts up soon!