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Tired Old Tunes or... Timeless Icons of the Christmas Mythos?

I really like "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Now... Shirley Temple's "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," on the other hand, I can kind of see why it's arguably fallen more or less into obscurity down through the year, but Rudolph? Write a catchy little jingle like that - that catches on like wildfire, is covered by an increasing number of musicians, each and every year, is played annually for decades on end - and you'd be set for life!

Sure, that little song is terribly commercial, and not everyone does a good rendition of it, but let's not forget that songs like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman" are now a HUGE part of the entire pop culture Christmas mythos.

Perhaps the Nativity scenario depicted in "The Little Drummer Boyis more appropriate to the subject matter (from a faith based standpoint), but Rudolph and Frosty are more or less superheroes in the pantheon of Christmas lore, dude. Oldie but goodie vintage songs like "I'm My Own Grandpa" will almost certainly never even come close to that.

There's Always Tomorrow For Dreams to Come True

When it comes to Christmas television specials that have had action figures based on them, it's pretty hard to beat the 1964 animated Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer from Rankin/Bass.  The video excerpt below is by far, my favorite song from my favorite Christmas show from years gone by.  Such a great message in this song, too.

And check out THIS gorgeous video!  LextheRobot is surpisingly humble about his fantastic "work in progress."   "For about ten years," he says in his YouTube description of the video, "I've been collecting the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer action figures, based off the classic 'Island of Misfit Toys' Rankin-Bass holiday film.

"Two years ago, I shot these photos re-creating specific frames of the original.  The toys were so perfectly sculpted by the various companies (Playing Mantis, Memory Lane, and now Forever Fun) that it required very little in the way of set dressing to evoke the visuals.  A white tablecloth, a large blue backdrop for sky, etc. I did use a couple of digital retouching cheats, but far fewer than you'd expect.  The bulk of these shots are just toys.

"I had hoped to haul them back out and finish the storyline this year, but I just learned that I missed out on a few additional action figures the last couple of years, so I need to track those down first.  For now, enjoy the first half of the story, set to the proper music tracks, in the form of instrumentals by the Decca Concert Orchestra, conducted by Herbert Rehbein."

Wow!  A work in progress or not, if there were ever a more loving and creative tribute to a time honored Christmas classic (or a better use for a personal action figure collection), I don't know what it would be.  Excellent work, Alex!

And, "shown here is every action figure made based on (the) Rankin-Bass specials, says thugie1.  "The only figure not shown is Irontail from Peter Cottontail. I have it packed away somewhere. The shows the figures come from are Rudolph, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty's Winter Wonderland, Mad Monster Party and Peter Cottontail."

Oh, Why Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas?

So why can't every day be like Christmas?  Or so asked Elvis Presley and so many other wonderful singing stars who've made the immortal classic their own over the years.

At any rate, welcome to the wonderful world of Christmas toys that will forever inhabit the dreams and timeless memories of children of all ages, wherever they may be found, throughout the Action Figure Universe and throughout the ages.

Why Elvis?  If Elvis Presley couldn't be counted as a true action figure, I don't know who ever could be.  Naturally, down through the years, there have been lots of Elvis figures made, from statues to dolls to more posable fare, but I for one would love to see the King immortalized as a more highly detailed and articulated action figure (say about 30 points of articulation, more or less) than what we've seen from Mattel's Barbie line, such as the Barbie Loves Elvis Collector Edition Gift Set from 1996.

And the fabulous Elvis Christmas video by Paulisiae below?  Well, I'd say it's pretty near perfect with its wonderfully chosen, colorful and well placed imagery.   However... at the end, the traditional greeting, "Merry Christmas!" needs an E in the word "merry," instead of that silly old A.  Oh well!  Nothing's perfect, I guess.  And besides... what do ya think this is?  Christmas!

Independent Filmmaker Hervé Attia Goes Home... Alone

The following video by Hervé Attia showing the filming locations used in the original 1990 feature film Home Alone is impressive enough, but the independent filmmaker doesn't stop there.  This amazing movie fan has an impressive list of videos on his YouTube Channel (On The Set - HerveAttia's Channel) that depict himself against the backdrop of scenes from numerous classic films, such as Conan the Barbarian, E.T., Rebel Without a Cause,  the Rambo franchise, The Shawshank Redemption and The Terminator.

This incredibly studious filmmaker's personal quest to visit the original shooting locations of all his favorite movies is laudable enough, but the high levels of professionalism and craftsmanship that go into his fascinating video logs smacks of museum quality preservation.  You can also follow Mr. Attia on Facebook to stay up to date about his ongoing valiant quest to recapture timeless moments of classic movie magic.

"Stink, stank, stunk!"

What do you get when you combine elements from two immortal and beloved classics?  Well, The Sith Who Stole Christmas, get you do!  Happy Holidays, everybody!  Sith and Jedi alike.

Burly, manly, ho ho ho-ing Nordic Santa Claus

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