Welcome to Ani-May, everybody! Bradford is taking the reins this month and programming the next few episodes. Kicking things off, we’re dipping into the Netflix anime series Aggretsuko, and its season-capping holiday special “We Wish You a Metal Christmas”. It’s a little bit The Office, a little bit Dethklok, and 1000x more adorable than that description might suggest.
Will this month’s first anime be the one that melt’s Joe’s icy gaijin heart? Or will Bradford’s anime goodwill tour have to soldier onward? The answers to those questions may surprise you! (Or maybe not. I don’t know you.)
April 30th is National Bugs Bunny Day, so we’re celebrating the only way we know how: With a Christmas special! Join us this week as we discuss the direct-to-video Looney Tunes film Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas. In this shameless rehash of “A Christmas Carol”, Daffy Duck is an evil department store owner visited by three spirits to teach him the True Meaning of Christmas! Or at least, that’s what the last ten minutes is about. The rest is your usual Looney Tunes shenanigans executed on a shoestring budget.
Also in this episode, J-5 remembers the plot of “A Christmas Carol” through cultural osmosis, Bradford narcs on his neighbors, and we discover the one thing this cartoon has in common with Silent Night Deadly Night.
Can you believe it’s been four years and we haven’t discussed a Rankin/Bass special yet? Anyway, we’re rectifying that this week by diving deeeeeeeep into the R/B catalog and digging up the 1981 special The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold! It’s about leprechauns trying to stop a banshee from stealing their gold before Christmas morning. Why leprechauns? Why Christmas? Why anything?
Later we move on to some unfinished business regarding our episode on The Star by discussing it’s spiritual antecedent, Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. That’s right, you’re getting two Rankin/Bass specials for the price of one this week. Lucky you!
Last year’s holiday hits are finally available to rent, so this week we’re digging into one Joe has been looking forward to for quite some time: the Scottish high school zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse! The trailers describe it as “Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land” and you would be surprised to find out which half of that equation fares better. Oh, and also there’s a bunch of Christmas stuff in the movie too for some reason.
Anywho, come join Joe & Bradford as we break down which aspects of this film work, which ones don’t, and why Search Engine Optimization is such an important factor now in the holiday film industrial complex. Fun!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “The Christmas podcast that does swears is gonna do a Bible movie?!?” Let me state right up front that there are absolutely ways to make religious movies with the artistry to back up the message. And then there are ways to make religious movies that exclusively preach to the choir. Guess which category The Star falls into.
We spend a lot of time discussing what makes this goofy little donkey film so uninspired. But fair warning: We also spend a lot of that time dropping f-bombs. If you’re not cool with that, we’ll see you next time. If you ARE cool with that, then I think you’re in for a treat.
In this episode, we discuss the possibility of gorillas at the Nativity, what a remake of The Crow starring Oprah Winfrey might look like and, of course, where The Star fits into the Winslowverse…
The office Christmas party is such a cliche at this point that every workplace comedy inevitably has to make that episode. I mean, there’s even a whole movie built around the idea. (We reviewed it once; it’s terrible.)
This week, the guys take a look at the Christmas special from the original UK version of The Office. Is David Brent a sympathetic figure? How easy is it to separate the Brent persona from Ricky Gervais himself? Does this special undermine the tone of the rest of the series? These are the questions we wrestle with in this episode. Come join us!
If you’ve listened to our show for any length of time, you’ll know that we don’t plan things like this. The fact that this week’s film is eerily similar to the last film we covered is 100% accidental. It just goes to show that the industry of DTV holiday cinema is a well-oiled machine, and any attempts at originality are promptly dumped in the garbage.
Anyway, this week we’re taking our third trip into the Air Bud Cinematic Universe with Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, a film whose plot bears a striking resemblance to The Christmas Chronicles, and which fundamentally skews our understanding of Buddies canon, the Winslowverse, and life as we know it.