Friday, December 25, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 25: Lotte Reiniger's "Post Early!" and "Star of Bethlehem"

Here's something genuinely, seriously cool for Christmas Day -- but still delightfully weird:



Now, I really hope I don't have to explain who Lotte Reiniger is here. While these shorts don't quite have the full majesty of her "Prince Achmed", they are very nice indeed.



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You know what Father Christmas could use along with new boots? A giant robot buddy.

12.9.15 - Christmas Robot

I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, safe, and creative new year.  See you in 2016; hopefully my cousins and I will be going to see "Star Wars" (again?) so hopefully we'll kick off the year with a review.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 24: "The Snowman and the Snowdog"

"The Snowman", the nearly wordless and gorgeous animated short based upon Raymond Briggs' entirely wordless picture book (graphic novel?  Sure, why not), is such a strange, melancholy Christmas special, isn't it?  It captures the weirdly bleak and lonely aspects of winter and the Christmas season in such a beautiful, haunting way.  It is a sad, lonely sort of Christmas special for sad, lonely children.

That's precisely why I love it; it's one of the many beautiful and slightly unsettling animated films that affected me deeply as a child and hit many of those exact same buttons as an adult. "Snowman" honestly stands with "Watership Down", "Brave Little Toaster", "The Mouse and his Child", "The Secret of NIMH" and "The Last Unicorn" as Animation That Knocked Me Right On My Ass And Permanently Changed My Entire Philosophy Of Life When I Was, Like, Five.  (Anyone who has been following my Internet shenanigans for a while is probably nodding sagely and thinking, "Yeah.  Yeah, Trish seeing those particular animations at a young age explains a lot.")

I had every reason in the world to assume that "The Snowman and the Snowdog", a new sequel short created for the 30'th anniversary of "The Snowman", would be, in so many words, not that.  I've never been so happy to be so very wrong.



It's so damn sad, but it's a worthy successor to the original.  You can find it and the original "Snowman" on Hulu.  Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Ah, my feels!

12.13.15 - Snow Dog

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 23: "Mumfie's White Christmas"

Oh goodness, you can't understand how happy I am to have found this.  It's available on, last time I checked, every streaming service their is.  Have a little clip:



"The Magic Adventures of Mumfie" was one of my very few "Are you *sure* I didn't dream that?" shows.  I discovered it in college during that strange era when FOX Kids snapped up the rights to a... unique... variety of international animated series, ranging from this, to "Vision of Escaflowne" and "Cyber-Six".  It's very much as I remember, very sweet and soothing, kind of similar to "David the Gnome" with the weirdness of "Dr. Snuggles".  That's a combination I can get behind.

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The Snowbird is totally Mini-Articuno, isn't she?

12.13.15 - Snow Birds

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 22: "The Nutcracker" (2010)

The other day, I was sick, sick, sick!  I took some Nighttime Medicine on the same night our alarms decided to announce that they needed new batteries by shrieking their "Oh sh*t, you're gonna die" alarms like crazy at around Midnight.  Fun times.  I woke up looking, feeling, and smelling like this:

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As you might imagine, I had me some fantastic festive fever dreams that night.  Allow me to share them with you:




Oh, wait, that's the teaser trailer for 2010's "The Nutcracker 3D", which can now be found under the title "The Nutcracker: Saturnalia Ascending The Untold Story" on various streaming services.  It is actually *less* insane than I'd been led to believe but it is still really something else.  I mean, who doesn't need a holiday movie in their life where this happens:

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Incidentally, I still long for "Bioshock: Christmas Edition".

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12.18.15 - Bioshock: Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 21: "Frosty's Winter Wonderland"

It's the Winter Solstice, and therefore a good time to accidentally create life according to this sequel to "Frosty the Snowman".



I'll invite somebody else to write an essay on the gender issues in this short.  What I'm wondering is why in the world this wasn't titled "Bride of Frosty"?

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Time to add some Jack Frost fanart to the pile:

12.18.15 - Jack Frost Fanart

Friday, December 18, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 18: "An Elf's Story"

Strap yourselves in, dear readers.  For this weekend, we are tackling the Elf on the Shelf Christmas special.  Here's the trailer:



(If that already made you want to roundhouse kick whoever came up with this s**t right in the nuts, here is Conan's delightful parody.  Fair warning, it's not okay for children or adults who act like children.)

* - As you may have already noticed from that trailer, this special isn't even pretending to not be a commercial for Elves on the Shelves.
* - Fun new thing I learned about the Elf on the Shelf from this special: If a child touches the adorable little elf doll, the Elf "loses his Christmas magic".  Which means that he gets very sick, and almost dies and has to be rescued by other elves and taken back to Santa to recover.  The kid now has to write an apology letter to Santa if the Elf is ever to return to spy on the kids and let Santa know if they are good enough to deserve presents.
You gotta be f***ing kidding me.  I was a really oversensitive little girl and would have hated being spied on by that damn elf anyway, but this is way too much.
* - You know what?  I'm getting real sick of the "Questioning things instead of just ~*~Believing~*~ in them is bad, always." theme that keeps popping up in these more recent Christmas specials...
* - Though in fairness, Santa does tell the Elf that you can't just make somebody believe.  That's downright wise for one of these specials.

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12.11.15 - It's the Elf on the Shelf!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 17: "Snowden on Ice!"

It's time for "Snowden on Ice", kids!  The musical ice show about a dude who blew the lid off the many and varied terrifying ways the government is spying on us!

I'm lying.  It's about a cute snowman with the kinda-weird-in-hindsight name Snowden.

I'm still lying!  This special isn't about either Snowden at all.  I had it confused with a different, considerably less bonkers special.  This one's about the grand-daughter of a famous skater who travels back to her old town to find her childhood rival still has a beef with her and that the neighborhood kids won't accept her daughter if she can't skate.  Goodness, I love me some heavy interpersonal drama for Christmas.



Oh and the whole thing is narrated by Scott Hamilton in a ghastly old man voice and the little girl playing the daughter seems desperate to run away from the special and the adults making her be there.  Snowden (the snowman) finally does show up and he's... the ghost of skating grandpa?  And also the grand-daughter's children's book character come to life?  Sure why not.

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There's a bit where the grand-daughter remembers the magic of Christmas and snowmen and skating and whatever, and she skates to a song that goes, "Fly, though your wings are broken."  That's as nice a sentiment as "Do a Triple-Lutz though your legs are broken."  But it did get me to draw this cutie:

12.11.15 - Cute Cardinal Face