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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #75 on: December 22, 2011, 12:32:58 PM »

 :D

A pom would put a serious dent in Krampus' BAMF cred.
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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #76 on: December 22, 2011, 12:33:32 PM »
Did you lump my vote in for Balthazar with this, Tripe?

Nope. Sadly had his two individual votes been for the group in total they would have been a fair bit higher on the list.


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #77 on: December 22, 2011, 12:37:41 PM »
oh good that you didn't just consolidate the individuals votes because fuck those two other feebs.

And oh well, c'est la vie.  Balthazar doesn't a need to be on any lists to confirm his badassery.
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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #78 on: December 22, 2011, 12:39:18 PM »
It was a judgement call and I thought, as long as they're on the list anyway, no point massaging their numbers any more. :)


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #79 on: December 22, 2011, 12:53:18 PM »
Isn't there anyone who knows all about


#29 - Clark Wilhelm Griswold Jr.
?


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Sure, I can tell you all about Clark Wilhelm Griswold Jr.

Lights, please: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by John Hughes, based on his short story in National Lampoon Magazine, Christmas ‘59. The title song was written for the movie by the husband-wife songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and was performed by Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers fame.
Since its release in 1989, Christmas Vacation has received critical acclaim and is often considered a modern holiday classic.

Chicago resident Clark Wilhelm Griswold Jr. (Chevy Chase) has really got the Christmas spirit this year, and his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (Johnny Galecki), and daughter Audrey (Juliette Lewis) have noticed that. On a quest for "The Griswold Family Christmas Tree," Clark has planned a "good, old-fashioned family Christmas." His family is wary of his plans, but Clark is oblivious.

Clark has invited Ellen's parents Art Smith (E. G. Marshall) and Francis Smith (Doris Roberts), his own parents Clark Wilhelm Griswold Sr (John Randolph) and Nora Griswold (Diane Ladd), and his Aunt Bethany (Mae Questel) and Uncle Lewis (William Hickey) to spend the holidays at the Griswold house in Chicago. But in spite of all the good intentions and careful planning, Christmas plans start to go awry.

Clark is obsessed with making everything go perfectly during the holiday season, but as soon as everyone arrives, things start going haywire, especially when the Griswolds receive some uninvited surprise guests from Kansas -- cousin Catherine (Miriam Flynn), her sloppy husband Eddie (Randy Quaid), and two of their kids, Rocky (Cody Burger) and Ruby Sue (Ellen Hamilton Latzen), who have arrived in their old RV.

Clark decorates the outside of the house with 250 strands of lights with 100 bulbs on each strand for a total of 25,000 light bulbs, enough to make the power company turn on their auxiliary nuclear generator. Clark also annoys his snobby next door neighbors, Todd Chester (Nicholas Guest) and his wife Margo (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Also, Clark has nostalgic moments of Christmas past when he is accidentally locked in the attic, and watches an old home movie from a past Christmas (which ends with the attic door was opened and he fell out of the attic).

Even with his bumbling ways, Clark, who works for a company that produces food colorings, additives, and preservatives, manages to keep things going as he waits for his Christmas bonus from work so he'll have enough money to have a swimming pool put in the back yard.

But it turns out that Clark's boss, a scrooge whose name is Frank Shirley (Brian Doyle Murray), has decided to cut Christmas bonuses this year, without informing his employees. And Clark learns that Eddie and his family have lost their home, and are living in the RV. And in the place of his Christmas bonus, Clark is enrolled in the "Jelly of the Month" club. That causes Clark to snap and unleash a string of insults regarding Frank.

This situation gives Eddie the idea for the perfect Christmas gift for Clark after Clark offers to help Eddie treat Rocky and Ruby Sue to a good Christmas -- Eddie goes to Frank's house, puts Frank in the RV, and brings Frank to the Griswold house, so Eddie and the Griswolds can help Frank see the error of his ways.

Frank finally sees reason about the Christmas bonuses. A SWAT team, called by Frank's wife Helen (Natalia Nogulich), raids the home, but Frank explains that it's all a misunderstanding and admits he was wrong to withhold bonuses from his employees. He then decides to give Clark his bonus, along with an added 20%.

Uncle Lewis's cigar ignites the gas from the sewage Eddie had earlier dumped down the storm drain while emptying the holding tank on his RV, blasting a Santa ornament into the sky. Everyone watches the strange but touching sight, whilst Aunt Bethany sings a part of The Star-Spangled Banner, as Clark realizes his dream of the perfect family Christmas. The Santa and reindeer lawn ornaments fly across the sky, having been propelled by the explosion.

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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 35
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 9 (D.B. Barnes)


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #80 on: December 22, 2011, 12:57:01 PM »
Caspar is the black one, right? I can't think of any other way to differentiate Balthazar and Melchior.

Balthazar is the one who usually gets the blackface treatment.
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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #81 on: December 22, 2011, 01:22:01 PM »
Isn't there anyone who knows all about


#28 - The Chanukah Zombie
?


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Sure,  I can tell you all about the Chanukah Zombie

Lights, please: Just as Robot Santa represents X-mas, and Kwanzaa-bot represents Kwanzaa, the Chanukah Zombie is the holiday figure for Chanukah. He held a luau at the B'nai B'rith on Xmas Eve 3002, inviting Santa and Kwanzaa-bot (3ACV03). According to the media he was once wanted by the police.

During Xmas 3007, he became a victim of the scammers and, to get revenge, formed the Holiday Trinity with his friends, Kwanzaa-bot and Robot Santa. He helped construct weapons to aid in the recapturing of Earth from the scammers.

His trademark TIE starfighter  is most likely a reference to the voice actor's prominent role, as Luke Skywalker , in the Original trilogy .
Has an odd ability of being able to turn his eyes red. This is possibly done by flooding his eyes with blood. He has made the following apperences:
  • A Tale of Two Santas (mentioned)
  • Bender's Big Score
  • Into the Wild Green Yonder (cameo)

Festival: Chanukah
Total Points: 36
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 2 (Anais)


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #82 on: December 22, 2011, 01:22:44 PM »
And if anyone can point me to a good vid for that entry I'd very much appreciate that.


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #83 on: December 22, 2011, 01:54:14 PM »


Isn't there anyone who knows all about


#27 - Gizmo
?


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Lights, please: Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature—called a Mogwai—as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. It was followed by a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990. In contrast to the lighter sequel, the original Gremlins opts for more black comedy, which is balanced against a Christmas-time setting. Both films were the center of large merchandising campaigns.

Steven Spielberg was the film's executive producer and the screenplay was written by Chris Columbus. The film stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo. Gremlins was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics. However, the film was also heavily criticized for some of its more violent sequences. In response to this, and to similar complaints about other films (notably Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), Steven Spielberg suggested that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reform its rating system, which it did within two months of the film's release.

While searching for a Christmas present for his teenage son, inventor Randall Peltzer (Hoyt Axton) discovers a small, furry creature called a Mogwai in an antique store in Chinatown. The owner of the store refuses to sell the Mogwai to Randall on the grounds that owning one is too great a responsibility. However, as Randall is leaving the store, the owner's grandson (John Louie) sells Randall the creature stating that the family needs the money. The boy gives Randall three specific instructions in caring for the Mogwai: never expose it to bright light (especially sunlight, which will kill it); never get it wet (which will make it multiply); and, most importantly: never, ever feed it after midnight. Randall takes the Mogwai, which he gives the name "Gizmo", to his family in the town of Kingston Falls.

The following evening, Randall gives Gizmo to his son Billy (Zach Galligan). A glass of water is accidentally spilled on Gizmo, causing him to convulse and produce five new Mogwai from his own body. One of the Mogwai, dubbed Stripe for his white quiff of hair, acts as their leader, but is very hostile to Gizmo. Curious to learn more about Mogwai, Billy takes Gizmo to his science teacher, Mr. Hanson (Glynn Turman), and produces a sixth new Mogwai. Leaving the new Mogwai with Mr. Hanson, on which he will conduct tests, Billy returns home, and the other five Mogwai trick him into feeding them after midnight by biting the cord of his alarm clock. In the morning, Billy discovers the Mogwai have turned into cocoons. Gizmo, having virtuously refused the food earlier, remains unchanged.

In the meantime, the sixth Mogwai steals Hanson's sandwich and cocoons itself. During a film, it hatches and breaks out of its cage, hiding in the dark corners of the room. Hanson tries to reason with it and bribe it with a candy bar, but the Mogwai eats it and Hanson's hand, killing him. Billy arrives and finds the Mogwai has turned into a reptilian monster. Elsewhere, the other Mogwai hatch into "gremlins", mischievous reptilian creatures with sharp teeth and claws. They attack Billy's mother (Frances Lee McCain). Mrs. Peltzer is able to escape with Billy's help, and the gremlins are killed. Stripe escapes and leaps into a swimming pool, creating hundreds of new gremlins who go on a rampage through the town. Billy and Gizmo rescue Billy's girlfriend Kate Beringer (Phoebe Cates) when the Gremlins overrun the tavern where she works. Billy, Kate, and Gizmo discover that the gremlins have temporarily stopped their rampage and have assembled in the local movie theater to watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The three set off an explosion that kills the gremlins and destroys the theater, but Stripe again escapes.

Billy follows Stripe into a department store nearby, and Stripe leaps into a water fountain, intending to multiply again. Before he can multiply, Gizmo opens a set of window blinds, causing sunlight to pour into the store, killing Stripe. As the Peltzers recover from the rampage, the antique store owner arrives to claim Gizmo, claiming that the Western world is not yet ready for the responsibilites that come with caring for a Mogwai, but that Billy may someday be ready to properly care for Gizmo.

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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 38
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 10 (D.B. Barnes)


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #84 on: December 22, 2011, 03:09:44 PM »

#29 - Clark Wilhelm Griswold Jr.
?

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 35
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 9 (D.B. Barnes)

Nice! The Gris is a classic holiday character for me. This is the only movie I insist on watching every christams. It's so perfect.


#27 - Gizmo

Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 38
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 10 (D.B. Barnes)


Good to see him on the list. I guess it's not surprising he isn't higher given his connection to christmas isn't all that strong.
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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #85 on: December 22, 2011, 03:36:19 PM »
Isn't there anyone who knows all about

#26 – Snow Miser & #25 Heat Miser
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Lights, please:

He's Mister White Christmas
He's Mister Snow
He's Mister Icicle
He's Mister Ten Below
Friends call Him Snow Miser,
Whatever He touch
Turns to snow in his clutch
He's too much!
He never wants to know a day
That's over forty degrees
He'd rather have it thirty,
Twenty, then Five, then let it freeze!
(brrrrrrrrrrr!)
He's Mister White Christmas
He's Mister Snow
He's Mister Icicle
He's Mister Ten Below
Friends call Him Snow Miser,
Whatever He touch
Turns to snow in my clutch,
Too much.
Too Much!

He's Mister Green Christmas
He's Mister Sun
He's Mister Heat Blister
He's Mister Hundred and One
They call me Heat Miser,
Whatever He touch
Starts to melt in His clutch
He's too much!
Thank you!
He never wants to know a day
That's under sixty degrees
He'd rather have it eighty,
Ninety, one hundred's a breeze!
Oh, some like it hot, but He likes it
REALLY hot! Hee hee!
He's Mister Green Christmas
He's Mister Sun
Sing it!
He's Mister Heat Blister
He's Mister Hundred and One
They call Him Heat Miser,
Whatever He touch
Starts to melt in His clutch
He’s too much!
Too Much!

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Snow Miser:
Festival: Christmas
Total Points:45
4/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 5 (Darth Geek)

Heat Miser:
Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 45
5/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 12 (D.B. Barnes)


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #86 on: December 22, 2011, 04:01:36 PM »
Really?! Heat Miser was on more lists than Snow Miser? Maybe his accociation with Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin hurt his standings...



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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #87 on: December 22, 2011, 04:20:55 PM »
Isn't there anyone who knows all about


#24 - Kwanzaa-bot
?


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Lights, please: Kwanzaa-bot is a robot built to hand out the traditional Kwanzaa gift, a book called What the hell is Kwanza?. Kwanzaa-bot is good friends with both the Chanukah Zombie and Robot Santa, though he failed to recognize that Santa was replaced by Bender during Xmas of 3001. In 3007 Kwanzaa-bot, forming part of the Holiday Trinity played a key role in freeing Earth from the control of the scammers.
He has had four or possibly five appearances:
  • A Tale of Two Santas
  • Bender's Big Score
  • Into the Wild Green Yonder (cameo)
  • The Mutants Are Revolting (cameo)
  • The Futurama Holiday Spectacular – this may or may not count


Festival: Kwanzaa
Total Points: 46
3/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (Anais)


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #88 on: December 22, 2011, 04:21:47 PM »
Same deal as with The Chanukah Zombie.


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Re: LOC 55: The Top 51 Winter Holiday Characters
« Reply #89 on: December 22, 2011, 04:46:57 PM »
Isn't there anyone who knows all about


#23 - Kris Kringle
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Lights, please: Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written by George Seaton from a story by Valentine Davies, directed by George Seaton and starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. It is the story of what takes place in New York City following Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as people are left wondering whether or not a department store Santa might be the real thing. Because of its Christmas theme, the film has become a perennial Christmas favorite.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Edmund Gwenn), Best Writing, Original Story (Valentine Davies) and Best Writing, Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture, losing to Gentleman's Agreement.

Davies also penned a short novella version of the tale, which was published by Harcourt Brace simultaneously with the film's release.

A mythical creature, also known as Kris Kringle or Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) is indignant to find that the person (Percy Helton) assigned to play Santa in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is intoxicated. When he complains to event director Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), she persuades Kris to take his place. He does such a fine job that he is hired to be the Santa for Macy's flagship New York City store on 34th Street.

Ignoring instructions to steer parents to goods that Macy's sells, Kris directs one shopper (Thelma Ritter) to another store for a fire engine for her son that Macy's does not have. She is so impressed, she tells Julian Shellhammer (Philip Tonge), head of the toy department, that she will become a loyal customer. Kris later informs another mother that archrival Gimbels has better skates for her daughter.

Fred Gailey (John Payne), an attorney and neighbor of Doris, is babysitting the young divorcee's six-year-old daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) and takes her to see Kris. When Doris finds out, she asks Kris to tell Susan that he is not really Santa Claus, but Kris surprises her by insisting he is.

Doris decides to fire him, worried that he is delusional and might harm someone. However, Kris has generated so much good publicity and customer goodwill for Macy's that a delighted R. H. Macy (Harry Antrim) promises Doris and Shellhammer generous bonuses. To alleviate Doris's misgivings, Shellhammer has Granville Sawyer (Porter Hall) give Kris a "psychological evaluation". Kris easily passes the test but antagonizes Sawyer by questioning Sawyer's own psychological health.

The store expands on the marketing concept. Anxious to avoid looking greedy by comparison, Gimbels implements the same referral policy throughout its entire chain, forcing Macy's and other stores to respond in kind. Eventually, Kris accomplishes the impossible: Mr. Macy shaking hands with Mr. Gimbel (Herbert Heyes).
Pierce (James Seay), the doctor at Kris's nursing home, assures Doris and Shellhammer that Kris's delusion is harmless. Meanwhile, Fred offers to let Kris stay with him so he can be closer to work. Kris makes a deal with Fred – he will work on Susan's cynicism while Fred does the same with disillusioned Doris, still unhappy about her failed marriage.

Kris learns that Sawyer has convinced a young, impressionable employee, Alfred (Alvin Greenman), that he is mentally ill simply because he is generous and kind-hearted (Alfred plays Santa Claus at his neighborhood YMCA). Kris confronts Sawyer and raps him on the head with the handle of an umbrella. Doris and Shellhammer only see the aftermath; Sawyer exaggerates his injury in order to have Kris confined to Bellevue Mental Hospital.

Tricked into cooperating and believing Doris to be part of the deception, a discouraged Kris deliberately fails his mental examination and is recommended for permanent commitment. However, Fred persuades Kris not to give up.

To secure his release, Fred gets a formal hearing before Judge Henry X. Harper (Gene Lockhart) of the New York Supreme Court. Ordered by Mr. Macy (who is determined to stand behind Kris "even if he failed twenty examinations") to get the matter dropped, Sawyer pleads with Fred not to seek publicity. To Sawyer's dismay, Fred thanks him for the idea. As a result, Judge Harper is put in an awkward spot – even his own grandchildren are against him for "persecuting" Santa Claus.

Fred quits his job at a prestigious law firm to defend Kris and has a falling out with Doris, who calls his resignation an "idealistic binge" over some "lovely intangibles." He replies that one day she might discover that they are the only worthwhile things.

At the hearing, District Attorney Thomas Mara (Jerome Cowan) gets Kris to assert that he is in fact Santa Claus and rests his case, believing he has prima facie proven his point. Fred stuns the court by arguing that Kris is not insane because he actually is Santa Claus – and he will prove it. Mara requests the judge rule that Santa Claus does not exist. Harper is warned privately in chambers by his political adviser, Charlie Halloran (William Frawley), that doing so would be disastrous for his upcoming reelection bid. The judge buys time by deciding to hear evidence before ruling.

Fred calls R.H. Macy as a witness. Mara pointedly asks if he really believes Kris to be Santa Claus. Macy starts to equivocate, but when Mara asks him point-blank, Macy remembers the expressions on the faces of small children upon seeing Kris and firmly states, "I do!" On leaving the stand, Macy fires Sawyer. Fred then calls Mara's own young son to the stand. Thomas Mara Jr. testifies that his father had told him that Santa was real and that "My daddy wouldn't tell me anything that wasn't so. Would you, daddy?" Outmaneuvered, Mara concedes the point.

Mara then demands that Fred prove that Kris is "the one and only" Santa Claus on the basis of some competent authority. While Fred searches frantically, Susan, by now a firm believer in Kris, writes him a letter to cheer him up, which Doris also signs. A mail sorter (Jack Albertson) sees that Susan's letter is addressed to the New York County Court House and realizes that the post office could clear out the many letters to Santa taking up space in its dead letter office by delivering them to Kris.

Kris is uplifted by Susan's letter. Fred learns that Kris has received over 50,000 pieces of mail. He presents Judge Harper with three letters addressed to "Santa Claus", which the U.S. Post Office has just delivered to Kris. When Harper demands that Fred produce "further exhibits", the judge finds his bench inundated with 21 bags of letters. Declining to dispute the Post Office's "legal recognition" of Kris as Santa Claus, Harper dismisses the case. Afterwards, Doris invites Kris to dinner, but he reminds her that "It's Christmas Eve!"

On Christmas morning, Susan is disillusioned because Kris was unable to get her what she told him she wanted most. As they are about to leave, Kris gives Fred and Doris a route home that avoids traffic. Along the way, Susan is overjoyed to see the house of her dreams (exactly matching the drawing she had given Kris earlier) with a For Sale sign in the front yard. Fred learns that Doris had encouraged Susan to have faith, and suggests they get married and purchase the house. He then boasts that he must be a great lawyer, since he managed to do the seemingly impossible. However, when he notices a cane leaning against the fireplace that looks just like the one Kris used, he wonders, "Maybe I didn't do such a wonderful thing after all."

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Festival: Christmas
Total Points: 48
2/12 Lists
Highest Placement: 1 (Johnny Unusual)