|from 2002's It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie|
Christmas in July 2018: Jim Randle, from Paris Tennessee
1) Name your favorite Henson's Muppet Christmas program and why.
Its a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie is great because of the stars and cameos (the cast of Scrubs, Whoopi Goldberg, Mr. Courteney Cox, and of course Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.) The show melds many Christmas classics (Rudolph with Sam the Snowman voiced by Mel Brooks, Grinch, and the main reflection, It's a Wonderful Life). And puppets from the short lived Muppets Tonight TV show are sprinkled throughout. This special allows Pepe the King Prawn to take a starring roll. If you're going to watch it, you need to get the home version where you see muppet outtakes with the puppeteers staying in character as they crack up or forget their lines.
|Lenny & the Squigtones perform "The Jolliest Fat Man" on the 1976 Christmas episode of Laverne & Shirley.|
2) Which decade produced your favorite Christmas entertainment?
I straddle the 60s and 70s. Lots of good holiday episodes from standard shows (Odd Couple, Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley containing the classic "The Jolliest Fat Man", etc) and stand alone programs (A Christmas Carol animated with Alastair Sim providing the voice, An American Christmas Carol, The House without a Christmas Tree). And of course the classics like Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
3) Imagine the entertainment behind your ideal Christmas Eve dinner. Name the appetizer, entré, and dessert.
The appetizer should be small and should whet your appetite for things to come. With that said how can you not play the Max Fleischer classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer from 1948. For the main course you need a movie that's easy on the digestion what better movie that Ernest Saves Christmas. And for a light fare that can be enjoyed over pecan pie and coffee, the always classic Charlie Brown Christmas.
4) What Christmas episode, special or movie doesn't exist--that you wish did? Describe it.
This special DID exist but I only saw it run once. I'm a history buff. As much as people rail against Christmas being commercial, shopping is an integral part of the season. Many years ago the History Channel spent the week of Christmas each night with a one hour program showcasing the history of a major department store. I would like to see that taken one step farther. I would like to see five different businesses (Sears, Macys, Gimbels, Neiman Marcus, and Western Auto
The reason for the season cannot be forgotten. I first learned of the Nativity though Sunday School teachings. But I first saw the Nativity on the big screen in my second grade class performed by the Mabel Beaton Marionettes and sponsored by AT&T. I've always loved puppets and this program, The Spirit of Christmas, has a special place in my heart.