Bradford called in sick this week, and we have a sneaking suspicion it’s because he got an early look at the movie we were about to watch. On this episode, Joe & Johnny-5 tackle The Year Without A Santa Claus, a live-action, made-for-TV remake of the Rankin/Bass animated special, which has absolutely no reason to exist other than to fill a timeslot and to give our boys hell. It’s got John Goodman as Santa, Michael McKean and Harvey Fierstein as the Miser Brothers… And… And… Listen, guys, this one is truly painful. Please, join us in our misery!
In honor of the Oscars, this week the gang dives into the class warfare and holiday stylings of 1983’s Trading Places, the Academy Award-nominated comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy! In this episode, we cover class warfare, the 80s’ fascination with blackface and Jim Belushi, and Joe’s continued fascination with The Boss Baby!
On this edition of Stocking Stuffers, Johnny-5 and longtime listener Booker join Joe and Bradford for a chat about “Arnold’s Christmas”, the holiday episode from the first season of Hey Arnold! Arnold’s quest to reunite a neighbor with his daughter for the holidays finds Arnold running all over town searching for a pair of snow boots, which in turn leads to wacky hijinks that suspiciously resemble the film Jingle All the Way. Also in this episode, the Creeps discuss their own hot gift items from Christmas past.
This week, the gang skips out on the Puppy Bowl so that we could bring you this podcast all about 2010’s The Search for Santa Paws. It’s a wholly unnecessary sequel to Santa Buddies, which features more ethnically insensitive dog stereotypes, more kids with Sad Movie Kid Syndrome, and more JO crystals than you can shake a stick at. Also, we somehow fall ass backwards into discussing the economy of holiday charity drives, and Jonathan-5 comes up with the greatest Air Bud sequel they’ll never, ever make. Oh, and we talk about Christmas and stuff!
Happy 2018 everyone! Join us this week as we ring in the new year with Pottersville, a movie so baffling and star-studded that we honestly have no idea what to do with it. It’s got Bigfoot! It’s got furries! It’s got a bunch of hamfisted references to It’s A Wonderful Life! It’s one of the more inexplicably weird movies we’ve ever covered on the podcast, and it is also 100% real. Go check Netflix if you don’t believe us.
Happy Boxing Day, gang! This week we’re pulling triple duty by celebrating Christmas, Boxing Day AND July At Christmas all in one episode! It’s 1985’s Rocky IV, in which the Italian Stallion goes up against the Soviet punching machine Ivan Drago. It’s a jingoistic farce that drenches itself in Cold War hysteria, and it also happens to take place at Christmas, so guess what? We say it counts.
On this edition of Stocking Stuffers, Joe & Bradford soldier onward through the Christmas episodes of King of the Hill with season 4’s “Hillennium”. When Hank gets spooked by the prospect of the Y2K bug, he panics by buying his family Y2K compliant gifts like toilet paper and a grandfather clock. Sure, this is more of a New Year’s episode, but it features Christmas prominently and also gives us an excuse to discuss the Y2K phenomenon, as well as New Year’s in general.