Friday, December 19, 2014

On Geometry, Pontitudinal Abundance of Cleverosity, and Unfortunate Reality Subtext - "Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree"

This December, I'm filling in the few gaps in my Muppet Christmas special knowledge. And what better, merrier place to start than with an oddity made soon after Jim Henson's death and very soon before Robert Downey Jr.'s meltdown.



Yeah, knowing all that while watching "Mr. Willowby" casts a huge pall over everything. And this is a special that didn't need any strikes against it because it is, and it pains me to say this about anything involving Muppets, not very good. It really does look like it was made during a very rough time for everyone involved, and there are effects in it that seem uncharacteristically cheap for the Muppets. Eh, at least this is the debut of Bobo the bear, if you like him. Other than that, there's not much here. The plot is literally about how, if you have a cone, you can slice ever-smaller conical pieces off the top. You've got better options for a Muppet Christmas special and boy do you ever have better options for a Robert Downey Jr. Christmas movie.

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