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Monday, July 27, 2015

Christmas TV Party 2015: Bryan Curtiss

Christmas TV Party 2015: Bryan Curtiss from DJBC Adventures

1) What Christmas program/movie have you seen more times than any other? 
Wow. This is a toughie. I would have to say Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

2) What is your favorite musical Christmas TV special, variety performance, or holiday song in a movie? 
This is not an easy answer to choose from. Very hard. But I think that The Stingiest Man in Town (yes, the Rankin/Bass one) has to stand out, because that was one special I watched over and over again almost every year.

from 1978's animated The Stingiest Man in Town.

3) What's your favorite TV or movie adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol? 
Another tough one. I like the 1978 Rankin/Bass animated special The Stingiest Man in Town, more than most. Not to say that other versions of A Christmas Carol aren't that great, I also recommend A Muppet Christmas Carol (with Michael Caine as Scrooge, and the Muppets as various characters) and the 1970 musical version, Scrooge with Sir Albert Finney in the title role.

Finney as Scrooge and Alec Guinness as Jacob Marley in 1970's Scrooge.
4) What do you think is the worst Christmas program/movie--or your least favorite, the most disappointing or most overrated? 
(Kirk Cameron's) Saving Christmas

5) If you were asked to give advice to a TV network executive in charge of holiday programming, what would you suggest? 
An updated Americanized version of A Christmas Carol, set in the present.


  1. The Stingiest Man in Town looks adorable. It definitely has that Rankin Bass look to the characters.

  2. Have you seen the 1956 live-action TV version of "The Stingiest Man in Town?" It's the original source for the music used in the animated version. I wonder if you'd like it? Just curious. Thanks for participating this July! http://www.christmastvhistory.com/2013/12/the-stingiest-man-in-town-1956.html