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Revisiting “A Visit to Santa” – With Commentary!

Brace thyselves, a visit to Santa has commentary!

Commentary!

Bwahahahahaha!

Revisiting A Visit To Santa

Last December, I told the story of a terrible short film I saw during RiffTrax Live’s Christmas Shorts-travaganza (I erronously called it Christmas Shorts-tacular in the video).

Two kids whisked off in the middle of the night to Santa’s 1960s living room by an elf in a mini-dress, Santa parade footage, department store sets, and the awful sounds of drowsy Christmas music – all weird, all filmed, and all…very weird?

I was looking for a Christmas short to record commentary onto, and well, I remembered A Visit To Santa.

And I also found this…

My Name In Lights!

And by “lights,” I mean “Wikipedia reference.”

That’s right – my previous article on A Visit To Santa made the film’s Wikipedia article.

I’m just as blown away.

The reference comes at the closing paragraph of the plot section:

As Toby returns to Santa’s living room in preparation for taking the children home, Santa, continuing to sit in his easy chair, tells Dick and Ann, “So glad you came… the entire Christmas celebration is to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ hundreds of years and the wonderful spirit of Christmas…”. Toby then leads the children towards the front camera and out of range, as Santa turns in his chair and, addressing the audience, exclaims, “Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to all! Merry Christmas!”, with “The END” slide placed on the screen to the sound of the calliope “Jingle Bells”.[3]

I’m #3! I’m #3!

So…yeah.

A Visit To Santa Requires Commentary

I know I’m retreading here, but in the spirit of Christmas, goofy short films, and Wikipedia references, I’ve recorded a commentary that tries so hard to be RiffTrax (but never will be), makes a valiant effort to be funny, and loses its earbuds briefly.

That was annoying, folks!

Without further ado, for your Christmas viewing, the 1963 Clem Williams short film, A Visit To Santa…with commentary!

Upload via Allison Venezio / Allison’s Written Words

A Day of Thanksgiving…For Short Films (And People Who Riff Them!)

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving, Retroist Readers!

As you bow your heads and express your thankfulness for everything you have right here and now, remind yourself of how lucky you are for the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the people you have in your life. Not everyone is as fortunate, and it is important to keep all of that in mind as you eat your turkey and fixings.

I don’t say all of this to make you feel guilty, of course.

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Parents always set out with the best intentions when teaching their children to be grateful for the things they have in life, whether they be material pleasures or their given talents. As for me, I’m grateful for my family, friends, boyfriend, my job, and the things I have – both material and talent-wise. As a nostalgia writer, I tend to live in the past, but try not to dwell too much on anything negative that happened in the past. It isn’t always easy to forget things, but it is easy to remember the good things of the past.

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Also good about the present (and the past)? Having Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob) to riff on a few educational shorts to remind us how thankful we are and that there really is more than one way to cook and carve a turkey.

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I’d say I’m making all this up, but there it is, cooking and carving.

Enjoy a few riffed shorts courtesy of the snobbish host who thinks “Gee wiz!” is a profanity, makes ramen noodles for Thanksgiving, and proclaims that 35 cents an hour in the 1950s is “the 1%.”

I expected his kitchen to be more snob-like.

These shorts are guaranteed to tickle the wishbone, and not just because they are hokey without the riffing.

It is easy to think of the good things of life, as not demonstrated (initially) by the kids in this short film about Thanksgiving. When the Johnson family is not able to have a turkey for Thanksgiving, the family reflects on what they are thankful for in the short film A Day of Thanksgiving.

Let’s talk turkey! No really, let’s talk about all the ways to prepare turkey, and the kinds that exist, in this short film called – wait for it – Let’s Talk Turkey!

All Uploaded by Stoned Gremlin Productions

Turkey as a luxury foodstuff of the gods? Well, this short film seems to think so, and then they carve it all up like that’s a socially acceptable and humane way to treat a turkey!

Well, it is…once the bird has been killed and plucked!

BARBARIAN!

Uploaded by Valerie Garcia

Gee wiz, with all of these wonderful shorts, we have a bountiful feast with all the fixings and all the family time we’ll ever need…until Christmas.

Hey, can the people in Carving Magic share some of that turkey with the Johnsons? Those kids really hate going without.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Allison is a lover and consumer of all things nostalgic and geeky, but holiday nostalgia holds a very special place in her heart. Combine that with riffing, and you’ve got one happy geek. If you like what you’ve seen here, she loves to share holiday nostalgia over on her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and her Twitter handle, @AllisonGeeksOut, is afire with, well, hashtagging fun everyday.

Gee wiz!

LANGUAGE!