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December 21st, 2006


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05:56 pm - It's time.
I want to know!

Poll #893392 CHRISTMAS TIME NARRATOR THROWDOWN 2006

Who reigns supreme as Christmasy Narrator? In alphabetical order:

Fred Astaire as, uh, Fred Astaire in "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
2(1.7%)
Shirley Booth as Mrs. Claus in "The Year Without a Santa Claus"
0(0.0%)
Jimmy Durante as Jimmy Durante in "Frosty The Snowman"
6(5.1%)
Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman in "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
28(23.7%)
Boris Karloff as the Narrator and Grinch in "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!"
60(50.8%)
Jean Shepherd as the grown-up Ralphie in "A Christmas Story"
12(10.2%)
Patrick Stewart as the guy with one line in the beginning of "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
6(5.1%)
some other brilliant idea which I'm sure you'll put in the comments with phrasing along the lines of "What, no ... ?"
4(3.4%)


I have a distinct feeling which way the wind will blow on this one, but I'm curious nonetheless.

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From:muse0fire
Date:December 21st, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
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No contest :-D
From:lno
Date:December 21st, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Boris fucking Karloff? Jimmy Durante's nose could bludgeon him to death from ten feet away!
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From:giantfightbot
Date:December 21st, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Doesn't Burl Ives get double credit for narrating the Ewok Movie that ABC aired back in the day?

I vaguely recall that coming out on Christmas.
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 22nd, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
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Burl Ives did indeed voice the narrator in the Ewok Adventure, but while it came out as Christmas, it's about as Christmasy as the Star Wars Christmas Special.
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From:spritelord
Date:December 22nd, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
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Happy LifeGift Day, Spatch!
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From:giantfightbot
Date:December 22nd, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Oh, but it's got a big tree... and maybe an action figure came out of the deal. That's only vaguely Christmas-y.

I imagine in this age of wonders one could procure the entire Star Wars Christmas Special if one wished, but I'm not sure that would be a wise move.
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 22nd, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh, but it's got a big tree...

But that's Chewbacca's HOUSE!
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From:joenotcharles
Date:December 22nd, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
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The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens in Muppets Christmas Carol.
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From:firegryphon
Date:December 22nd, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
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oh! that's a good one, I forgot about that one.
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 22nd, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
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heck yes.
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From:seph
Date:December 22nd, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
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Beat me to it.

Humbug.
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From:firegryphon
Date:December 22nd, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
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maybe not, I voted before reading the comments.
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From:ayelle
Date:December 23rd, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
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That's my vote.
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From:voivod
Date:December 22nd, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
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WHAT NO BING CROSBY?

No David Crosby, either.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:December 22nd, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
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Bob Newhart as Papa Elf in Elf?
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From:puddnhead
Date:December 22nd, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
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Huh, I would have thought that Gene Shepherd would be the overwhelming favorite. Who knew.
From:dcart
Date:December 22nd, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
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I stared at this way too long before choosing Burl Ives. It could have just as easily been Jean Shepherd. It's really a complete and utter toss up between the two. I went with Burl Ives partly because I thought Jean Shepherd would be the overwhelming favorite, like puddnhead.

You might also consider whoever the hell the narrator was in It's a Wonderful Life.
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From:cursethedark
Date:December 22nd, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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For me, it came down to Ives and Karloff. It's a good thing Gonzo wasn't thrown in there, or I might never have picked.
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From:elvisclooney
Date:December 22nd, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
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Gonzo in the Muppet Christmas Carol.

I still feel it's one of the best (if not *the*) interpretations of Dicken's A Christmas Carol.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 22nd, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)

MOre Fred

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Hey, don't forget Fred Astaire's (un?)forgettable turn in "The Man in the Santa Claus Suit" That should get him an extra....uh....half point?
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From:some_kitten
Date:December 22nd, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Apparently I'm feeling mushy instead of silly.

My dad reading from Luke (KJV). Gets me every time.
From:cropherb
Date:December 22nd, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
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I really, really wanted to give it to Burl Ives, but I had to go with Karloff. It's not really fair -- if even one of the songs in "Rudolph" was even half as good as "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", Ives could've had it walking away. So I admit to being influenced by factors that do not pertain to the narrator strictly as narrator, but what can you do?
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 22nd, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
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"Have A Holly Jolly Christmas" almost ranks up there with "Wahoo Dorays" or however you spell the Whos' faux-Latin song of joy.
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From:violacat
Date:December 28th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
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"Dahoo Foress". I looked it up once. I don't remember why.
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From:johnnycanuck
Date:December 23rd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
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I've gotta agree with your assessment here. I spent at least a minute agonizing over both choices, but in the end, it had to be Karloff.

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