Friday Five: Yuletide Favorites

Wonderful1As posted at RevGalBlogPals, by your friendly neighborhood ‘bird:

For this mid-December Friday Five, let’s explore some Yuletide favorites.

1) It’s a Wonderful Life–Is it? Do you remember seeing it for the first time?

I love, love, love this movie. I never saw it until I was in my thirties. I had heard of it, but my first complete viewing was probably Thanksgiving of 1998, when it came on TV right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I found it gorgeously beautiful, and I still do. George tries so hard to do the right things, and he ends up in all sorts of heartache; his despair mirrors mine at one time. I am grateful for its message of hope, for Clarence and Bert and Ernie, for Zuzu’s petals and the bells that ring on the Christmas tree.

2) Miracle on 34th Street–old version or new?

Now, that’s a silly question (even though I asked it). Old, of course. And please don’t serve it up colorized.

Scrooge_mcduck_christmas_carol3) Do you have a favorite incarnation of Mr. Scrooge?

I wish you could all see the actor who played the role here at City By the Sea Stage Company for a few years in the late ’90’s. But on recorded media, I would have to say I really enjoyed Scrooge McDuck’s performance in Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

For a really special Bob Cratchit, thought, you need to see the Muppets Christmas Carol. Who better to play that role than Kermit the Frog?

4) Why should it be a problem for an elf to be a dentist? I’ve been watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for years now, and I still don’t get it.

I think it’s a mixture of dentist-phobia and homophobia on the part of the Head Elf.

5) Who’s the scariest character in Christmas specials/movies?

I’m going with the Ghost. That gaping hole and the big hand make me shudder.


11 thoughts on “Friday Five: Yuletide Favorites”

  1. There is also something about It’s a Wonderful Life that I like in that they never do find out what happened to that money… and yet even in the earthly kingdom good is able to prevail.

  2. Homophobia on the part of the Head Elf? Now I have to see Rudolph again (something I have successfully avoided for, oh, 10 years).

  3. I’ve never seen a really great live version of ‘A Christmas Carol.’
    As for the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be”…he’s scarier than the other nominees (the magician is an asshole, but he’s not scary), but they all pale in comparison to pre-rehab “Grinch.”

  4. NotShy, there is a really beautiful version they’ve been doing here for the past ten years. It cleaves to the text. Both my boys have been in it (Snowman was once Tiny Tim, in fact.), and I was in it one year myself. The professional actors have been both from here and away. The music was composed by an interesting Englishman who actually performed the music on stage for the first four years. Now they have someone local. It’s very atmospheric and quite, quite lovely.

  5. I pressed post before I had a chance to add: and is it in the Muppet Christmas Carol that Piggy and Kermit have kids and the boys are frogs and the girls are pigs?
    Really, the only way to handle that perplexing breeding issue.

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