Nathan (vovat) wrote,
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You're holding a gun to God's head. I can't think of a better metaphor than that!

Back in the day, bethje had a habit of taping pretty much anything Christmas-related, and we've been going through some of those old tapes recently. I can't think of anything I want to say about holiday episodes of Just Shoot Me or Friends, but there were some noteworthy things on there. The first is A Claymation Christmas, which I remember talking about two years ago, and can't really think of anything new to say about this year. Well, okay, maybe one thing. The hosts are two dinosaurs named Herb and Rex, and I believe they originated in a Claymation film about dinosaurs that I watched back in the second grade. They didn't talk in that, but they did have name plates, so you could tell they were supposed to be the same characters.

The second one I'd like to mention was some Bugs Bunny Christmas special, which I know I watched as a kid, but pretty much all I could remember from it was everybody singing "Deck The Halls" over and over again. Seeing it again so many years later, I found some other parts to be familiar, but it still wasn't that memorable overall. It was made up of three parts: Yosemite Sam as Scrooge, Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Roadrunner in a snowy environment, and Taz disguising himself as Santa. I've never been the biggest Looney Tunes fan (as a kid, I preferred Popeye), but they had their moments, and this special was not among them. I don't know whether they show this anymore, but if they don't, I can see why.

There was also a Christmas episode of The Flintstones. No one has ever been able to satisfactorily explain how anyone in the Stone Age would have known about Christmas. But if that woman from The View who doesn't know whether the world is round thinks there were Christians in ancient Greece, then why not prehistoric Bedrock? All that aside, this episode has Fred getting a job as a Santa at Macyrock's department store. Yeah, Macyrock's. I like The Flintstones in general, but sometimes they could be really lazy with their rock-related names. Later on, he fills in for the real Santa, who has a cold. All he really has to do is pour presents out of a sack (which come out in a typical Hanna-Barbera repeating pattern), though.

Last night's Simpsons episode was not holiday-related (although it did take place in December), but since it WAS new, I might as well say something about it. I understand that it was largely a parody of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which I've never seen, so a lot of the references went over my head. The idea of Homer having to go back into his own memory was interesting, if weird. And the sequence of his life flashing before his eyes was well done, even though it was probably also a reference to something I wasn't familiar with. Overall, I'd say it was clever, but not one of the funniest in recent memory.

American Dad did have a Christmas episode, and while I didn't like it as much as last year's time travel show, it was still pretty good. I think they purposely tried to come up with one of the weirdest conceptions of Heaven I've ever seen (I mean, Heaven guns?), but I guess it worked in context.


You Should Have a Purple Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent a time of creativity and expression.
There's no way you'd do something bland simply for tradition's sake.

You are an independent person, and you definitely do the holidays your own way.
And you're decadent enough to go way over the top with any unusual holiday ideas you have.

Your purple tree would look great with: Purple lights and ornaments

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: A Christmas Story

What you should bake for Santa: "Kitchen sink" cookies - with a ton of things in them

Tags: holidays, quiz results, simpsons, television
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