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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Christmas in July 2019: Jim Fanning

Christmas in July 2019: Jim Fanning at http://jimattulgeywood.blogspot.com/ 
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1. What is your favorite Saturday Night Live Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year's sketch?

Probably because of my love for animation and classic Christmas songs, my favorite is probably Justin Timberlake, along with Bill Hader, Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen (as Alvin and the Chipmunks), performing “The Christmas Song” (Christmas Don’t Be Late).” It’s so funny to see these performers dressed up as the Chipmunks and singing this favorite.

2. Do you most look forward to watching holiday episodes from series? Specials? Movies? Animation? or, all of it?

For me animation is most important. Next for me is comedies. I will watch any Christmas episode on any TV sitcom series. I have found some new good shows that I wasn’t watching that way!

3. What's your favorite soundtrack from a holiday program? (it doesn't have to have been officially released as an album--just what program features your favorite collection of music?)

John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together. It’s my all time favorite holiday album. Close runners-up are A Charlie Brown Christmas and the Tennessee Ernie Ford: The Story Of Christmas.

4. What one program are you patiently (or impatiently) waiting for me to review on this blog?

Seems to me you have reviewed everything! Maybe some of the newer specials like A Legendary Christmas. Also maybe some of the movies that feature Christmas scenes (and are therefore considered by some as Christmas movies) such as Desk Set or Catch Me if You Can. If you have already done this, sorry I missed it!

5. What change in Christmas entertainment have you noticed over the years? Do you like the trend?

Just as others have said, it’s the decline in TV specials, animated and otherwise, and the rise of Hallmark Channel-style romantic holiday movies. Another trend I can mention ties in with my answer to number 2. Most comedies in recent times have a Christmas episode every season. Years ago, generally speaking, even though some TV series would have a Christmas episode, it wasn’t the norm…and it was rare for a series to produce more than one. Since Christmas is my favorite time it’s always festive and fun to see how the characters on each show deal with holiday themes.

1 comment:

  1. "The Story of Christmas" by Tennessee Ernie Ford. What a beautiful record and what a commanding voice.