Sunday, December 24, 2006

Watch 101 Classic Christmas Videos Online

From BoingBoing:

101 Christmas Videos Online

I think we all feel a tug at our hearts with such programming as the Mythbusters Christmas Special, The Ali G Christmas Message, and The Naked Chef: Christmas Comes Early.

Seriously, did anyone see the Charlie Brown Christmas Special on network TV this year? Be glad if you did not! They had an hour block for the special (it's padded out with some new Peanuts animation). From Wikipedia:

"Since airtime versus commercial has decreased since the 1960s, it became impossible for all of A Charlie Brown Christmas to be aired in a half-hour time slot. Thus, in order for it to be possible for all of the original special to be aired, it was given an hour block. However, this left about eighteen extra minutes to be filled, so this program was created to fill in that space."

That's the new animation. And, so, even though they had this whole hour, some network idiot with digital scissors CUT one of my fave scenes that runs under a minute: Sally's letter to Santa! Grrr. Dialogue below:

"Dear Santa Claus, How have you been? Did you have a nice summer? How is your wife? I have been extra good this year, so I have a long list of presents that I want. Please note the size and color of each item, and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: just send money. How about tens and twenties?"

Aaugh! How I missed that bit.

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