Episode 101: Puppy Star Christmas

With our 100th episode behind us, it’s time to get back to business. This week’s show is all about Puppy Star Christmas. Not only is this part four in the Pup Star series, but it’s also the eighteenth installment in the inexplicably extant Air Bud franchise. And if that‘s not enough, this is specifically a spin-off of the original Santa Buddies. If none of that makes any sense, don’t worry, we’ll lay it all out for you.

But because this film almost willfully ignores its own plot, we’re forced to discuss everything from the superiority of foreign potato chip flavors, to whether or not the TV show CHiPs had any Christmas episodes, to the short history of people squatting on web domains for large corporations. It’s a living.

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Our 100th Episode Elfstravaganza!

Happy 100 episodes, everybody! We finally made it!

To celebrate, we’re pulling out one of the Big Guns and dedicating an entire episode to the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy ELF! If there’s any movie that can rightly claim to be the New Christmas Classic, it’s Elf. You know the story: Buddy is a human raised by Santa’s elves, who journeys to New York City to meet his biological father and hopefully rescue him from Santa’s naughty list.

Within that framework is a whole lot of material for us to explore, and in this episode we attempt to discuss it all. Everything from the forever problematic “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, to the lasting impact of director Jon Favreau, to the existence of the very bizarre Elf Game Boy game. And we even take some time out to answer a few listener questions! So buckle up, because this episode goes all over the map!

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Episode 99: The Christmas Hope

Welcome to the 99th official episode of Christmas Creeps! Episode 100 is just around the corner, and the only thing standing in our way is one final Christmas Shoes film. Join us this week as we endure The Christmas Hope, part three in a trilogy that, believe it or not, actually has some semblance of continuity.

Sure, the kid from the original film is all grown up now, and played by Sharknado‘s Ian Ziering instead of Neil Patrick Harris. Sure, the titular Christmas shoes don’t actually appear in this film, replaced with a mystery box that even JJ Abrams would laugh at. And sure, we may be expecting too much out of a series that relies on manufacturing tragedies harder than Final Destination. But we gotta put this series to bed once and for all.

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Episode 98: The Christmas Blessing

Five years ago, on our fourth episode ever, we forced ourselves to watch and discuss The Christmas Shoes. You know, the TV movie based on the book based on the song based on an email chain about a little boy who buys his mom a pair of shoes right before she dies? It was brutal stuff, and when we learned there were sequels, we decided we weren’t nearly desperate or drunk enough to even think about touching those.

Well today is that day! On this week’s episode, we’re discussing The Christmas Blessing, the 2005 sequel to Christmas Shoes. Neil Patrick Harris stars as the kid from the original all grown up. 20 years later he returns to his hometown to find himself, finds love along the way, but wouldn’t ya know it? The shoes reappear and the specter of death returns! It’s a whirlwind of pain, grief and anger. And the movie is pretty rough too.

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Episode 97: The Grinch (2018)

It feels good to be back in the saddle talking about Christmas movies! This week we’re talking about the 2018 adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” simply titled The Grinch. Produced by Illumination Studios (the house that Minions built), this film currently holds the title of Highest Grossing Christmas Film Ever. Home Alone held that title for 28 years until the right cartoon came out at the right time of year…

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to discuss! In this episode we compare this film to the 2000 live-action abomination, question the need for licensing so many Christmas songs for five seconds apiece, and ponder the need to cast Benedict Cumberbatch to voice The Grinch. Come join us!

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Stocking Stuffer #24: Crossing Creeps

With all of us trapped at home, and a brand new Animal Crossing game consuming our lives, now seemed like a pretty good time to dedicate an entire episode to your favorite thing and ours: Video Game Chat! (It was bound to happen at some point.)

On this episode, we’re discussing Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The whole gang has gathered on Jonathan & Karen’s island to chat about island infrastructure, quirky animal neighbors, the fact that everyone hated Bunny Day, the creeping terror of tarantulas, and more!

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Stocking Stuffer #23: The Breadford Exchange

As the quarantine continues, so too does our mission to keep ourselves sane! Once again, Joe & Bradford bring you some fun home cuisine tips. Last week we discussed how to make your own cold brew coffee. This week, Bradford details how to make your own bread at home!

If you have any suggestions or requests for how-to guides from us weirdos, feel free to shoot those over to us, and we’ll see what we can do! We’re here to entertain, and we’ve got nothing but time on our hands…

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Stocking Stuffer #22: Coffee Creeps

This week we’re taking a break from movies and TV of every stripe to discuss something a little closer to home. If you’re anything like us, you’re trying to limit your retail interactions to the barest of necessities, which sometimes means cutting out your morning coffee runs. I know, I hate it too. But these are strange times and it’s for the greater good.

Anywho, on this week’s episode, Bradford returns from podcast paternity leave to teach Joe the ins and outs of making your own cold brew coffee at home! So pour yourself a cup and come join us for Coffee Creeps!

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  • Coffee is available anywhere you buy coffee.
  • Wash your hands. Stay home if you can. Be safe.
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COVID Creeps: The Crazies (1973)

If you’re anything like us, you really haven’t been in the Christmas mood lately. With pretty much the entire world on lockdown right now thanks to COVID-19, we decided to stretch outside our comfort zone a bit and discuss a movie more relevant to current events. Crossing a couple of the obvious ones off the list, we finally landed on George A. Romero’s 1973 cult classic THE CRAZIES!

A military plane has crashed outside of Evans City, PA. The payload: an experimental bioweapon codenamed “Trixie”. This man-made virus turns people into murder-obsessed crazies, and the army arrives to lock down the town before the virus can spread. Can our plucky band of survivors escape town before military goons catch them? Can top scientists create a vaccine before the president decides to nuke the entire town? Could there possibly have been a more stressful film for us to watch right now???

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Episode 96: Jack Frost (1979)

Winter has finally arrived in our little pocket of the world, friends, and so on this episode we dive into the Rankin/Bass tale of Jack Frost! There are many Jack Frosts in the world, but this is the only one that features steampunk horses, climate-induced poverty, and a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table who has a summer cottage somewhere on the Eurasian Steppe.

This is a very…strange cartoon. So strange, in fact, that Jack Frost clearly wasn’t cool enough to carry this thing on his own, so they introduced a groundhog voiced by Buddy Hackett. That’s right! Star of Disney’s The Love Bug, Buddy Hackett!! Wow!

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