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Christmas: Are they shoving it down our throats too early?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CaseytheMuppet, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    :confused: I don't think I knew "Rocko's" had a Christmas episode, i'm definitely gonna have to check that one out.
     
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, it was one of those episodes that Nick had a tendancy to skip over in reruns and play it only for special occasions (like, I dunno . . . Christmas, lol), so it is somewhat rare. But then again, when you think about it, certain channels will skip over holiday episodes of shows and save them for their respective holidays. I remember TV Land used to do that with their shows, such as all those holiday shows that BEWITCHED did: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
     
  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yeah, and I guess Nick was kind of done showing Rocko by the time I was four, so I only got to see the show during occasional reruns on Nicktoons, which we didn't always have because you had to pay extra for that channel.


    Anyways, on an unrelated note, here's an old ToughPigs review of "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street" that I found very amusing:
    http://toughpigs.com/myweekxmasanother03.htm
     
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  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Oh yes, I remember how some people around here actually got a little butthurt about the review, because they felt it was too cynical and mean-spirited . . . never mind the fact that Tough Pigs is specifically from adult fans' perspectives anyway, lol.
     
  5. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Really? I thought it was hilarious and definitely made some valid points. But I guess it makes sense that some people wouldn't like it considering it came out in 2003 when the internet was a less cynical place.
     
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  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I just figured out the running gag from the Johnny Bravo Christmas special of Johnny repeatedly calling the pilot "Shirley" is a refernece to the movie AIRPLANE! ". . . and don't call me 'Shirley'."
     
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  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    According to Google's Santa Tracker, the jolly ol' elf was just in my town a couple of minutes ago. This is about the same time he came to town according to the tracker last year (year before that, he was here about half an hour earlier than that).
     
  8. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Jolly Ol' Saint Nick is finally slowing down. Either that or there are more kids in the world now then there were two years ago.
     
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Apparently Festivus Miracles are real, look what I got this year:
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    I didn't even know these things existed, so these were quite a surprise. Interestingly enough though, Kramer is the only regular of the main four they made for the set (apparently, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus wouldn't agree to license their likenesses for these things).

    But that wasn't the only surprise, look what else I got too:
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    Now, I'm not really one of those crazy collectors who are into all that NRFB stuff, but I'm tellin' ya, I'm debating on whether or not I should keep these things in their packages, because Muppet stuff like this is so hard to come by, and I really wouldn't want anything to happen to them. . . . what do you guys think?
     
  10. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    I say keep the Muppet figures in packaging since they look pretty fragile to me and that's what I did with mine.
     
  11. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    That's something i've been struggling with as well this year. I got this Fourth Doctor from "Doctor Who" Funko Pop figure today and it's so well made, I wanted to take it out of the box, but I wasn't sure if I should.

    I say take them out if you really want to, but put them back in the box as soon as you're done and make sure you store 'em in a safe place.
     
  12. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    The Newman figure looks like a cross between Peter Griffin and Hank Hill.
     
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    They all have kind of a weird, dead-eye look about them - especially Peterman. Something tells me these Vinyl Idolz people should be given a crash course in the Magic Triangle for better eye focus, lol.
     
  14. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yeah, their eyes do look a little odd, but I like that the figures have a cartoon-ish quality to them.
     
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, I mean if they went for the uncanny approach like they did with the Ernest P. Worrell doll, that'd be a little too freaky:

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    Even Jim Varney was freaked out by this thing - so much so, in fact, that when somebody gave him one, he kept it tied up and locked in his closet! :laugh:
     
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  16. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Sheesh, as if the real thing wasn't creepy enough. *shudders
     
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  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Apparently a poll was conducted for the top three worst Christmas songs ever:

    1. "Grandma Got Runover By a Reindeer"
    2. "I Want a Hippopatomus for Christmas"
    3. "The 12 Days of Christmas"

    As far as the first goes, ehh, don't really bother me too much, though I'm more partial to some of Dr. Elmo's other songs, such as "Redneck Dracula." The second one? Yeah, I can see how that one can get a little annoying (and who wants a hippo for Christmas anyway?). The last, again, doesn't bother me too much (especially not when John Denver and the Muppets sing it), but Allan Sherman's parody version is pretty funny!
     
  18. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    That reminds me, the Rap Critic (basically the Nostalgia Critic or Nostalgia Chick but for music) had a list of top annoying Christmas songs, with "12 Days of Christmas" and "I Want a Hippo for Xmas" being on it. It also goes into why "Do They Know it's Christmas" is kind of a terrible song. And yeah, I kind of agree with him. It wasn't until about a couple years ago that the song started bothering me. It's so contradictory and unintentionally racist. And that one line "Tonight thank God it's them instead of you" has always rubbed me the wrong way.

     
  19. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    It's not too terrible of a song. Yeah, it's supposed to raise awareness of nations not getting enough gifts and support for Christmas and encouraging us to help them instead of celebrating the holiday, but it's important to care about other nations in poverty. And maybe it's just the sound of 80s music, but I like hearing the song when it comes on. I can see why it can be controversial, though.

    Also, no mention of "Christmas Shoes"?
     
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  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Ah yes, there's even a Nostalgia Christian: he basically completely rips off Nostalgia Critic to the point of the exact same wardrobe and exact same review format, only reviews Christian shows and movies, and he doesn't have meltdowns and swears like the Critic does, which makes him really bland and boring.
    While I like the song myself (like Schfifty says, I think part of it is because of a partiality to 80s much), I agree there are certain lines and lyrics that I do think are a little unintentionally insensitive, and that's one of them. "There won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime" seems a tad unnecessary too.
    Believe it or not, I haven't that one at all this year: not on the radio, not on Comcast's Sounds of the Seasons channel, not once. There's a lot of traditional Christmas songs that didn't get much attention this year - there seemed to be a greater focus on more modern Christmas tunes this year from the likes of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bubbly Mikey Pizza Crust . . . 2016 seemed to be the Year of Pentatonix Christmas.
     


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