Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Year Without a Wookie for Christmas

Some last-minute Xmas fun...

My favorite clip out of all the stop-motion animation Christmas specials from the '60s and '70s:

The Year Without a Santa Claus - "The Snow Miser Song / The Heat Miser Song" [video from 1974 ABC TV special}:

I love that song. The dancing chorus dudes are brilliant!

Snow Miser is voiced by Dick Shawn, an actor and stand-up comedian best known for his role as Lorenzo St. DuBois/Adolf Hitler in "Springtime for Hitler" in the original The Producers in 1968. Random fact: he died onstage from a heart attack in the middle of a comedy routine in 1987, but the audience didn't realize it wasn't part of his act until the paramedics arrived.

Heat Miser is voiced by George S. Irving, a Broadway veteran who most notably (for me) replaced the original Major General in the 1981 production of The Pirates of Penzance (my favorite musical), starring Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt.

And, without a doubt my favorite non-traditional Christmas song:

The Star Wars Holiday Special
- "What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas?" [song from 11/17/78 TV special]

I'd like to post more about these specials, but must be off to family holiday fun now!

More on A Year Without a Santa Claus here.
More on The Star Wars Holiday Special here.

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