Today marks the first day of the 12 Days of Adulting where we count down the 12 days leading to the New Year. Josh Hallmark of Podcasts such as “Our Americana”, “The Karen and Ellen Letters”, “Playlist”, and probably a thousand more. This episode we kick off with another deep dive into the Cinema world where the guys look at some of the weirdest Christmas movies that exist.
1) Santa Claus and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)
Poor Santa Claus. This live-action feature finds his sleigh stuck in the sand on a Florida beach only days before Christmas Eve. He psychically summons prepubescent aid from a nearby subdivision. In order to extricate Santa’s sleigh, the local children bring many different animals (presumably the sheep was someone’s housepet), but nothing works, and the kids are afraid they won’t get any gifts this year. To boost their spirits, Santa tells them the story of Thumbelina, and the setting dissolves into a “fantasy within a fantasy”. Thumbellina is a beautiful but very tiny girl, “not much larger than a clothespin”. She becomes lost in the forest during the winter and finds refuge in the underground home of Mrs. Mole. A neighbor mole, Mr. Digger, falls in love and wants to marry Thumbelina, but she’s having none of it. When warm weather returns, she runs back into the forest and deserts the two kindly creatures who saved her life, crushing their spirits forever … the end. As Santa is finishing his story and yes, that is its intended conclusion he and the children hear the wail of a siren. The “Ice Cream Bunny” has arrived in his antique fire engine to save the day!
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%
2) Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth which extol the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa. While on Earth, they kidnap two lively children that lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him. When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%
3) Santa Claus (1959)
Santa Claus, high above the North Pole in his cloud-borne castle equipped with more surveillance devices than the Impossible Mission Force, prepares to deliver presents on Christmas night. Santa is especially interested in helping Lupita, the daughter of a poor family who wants nothing more than a doll; and a young boy whose parents are so wealthy they never spend any time with him (Santa fixes this by feeding them Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters). However, the Devil will have none of this and sends his minion, Pitch, to foil Santa’s plans. Pitch, in turn, recruits three Naughty Boys to help him set traps for Santa.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%
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