December 21st, 2006
|05:56 pm - It's time.|
I want to know!
Who reigns supreme as Christmasy Narrator? In alphabetical order:
Fred Astaire as, uh, Fred Astaire in "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Shirley Booth as Mrs. Claus in "The Year Without a Santa Claus"
Jimmy Durante as Jimmy Durante in "Frosty The Snowman"
Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman in "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Boris Karloff as the Narrator and Grinch in "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!"
Jean Shepherd as the grown-up Ralphie in "A Christmas Story"
Patrick Stewart as the guy with one line in the beginning of "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
some other brilliant idea which I'm sure you'll put in the comments with phrasing along the lines of "What, no ... ?"
I have a distinct feeling which way the wind will blow on this one, but I'm curious nonetheless.
|Date:||December 21st, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)|| |
Boris fucking Karloff? Jimmy Durante's nose could bludgeon him to death from ten feet away!
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.
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.
Happy LifeGift Day, Spatch!
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.
Oh, but it's got a big tree...
But that's Chewbacca's HOUSE!
The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens in Muppets Christmas Carol.
oh! that's a good one, I forgot about that one.
|Date:||December 22nd, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)|| |
Beat me to it.
maybe not, I voted before reading the comments.
|Date:||December 23rd, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)|| |
That's my vote.
|Date:||December 22nd, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)|| |
WHAT NO BING CROSBY?
No David Crosby, either.
Bob Newhart as Papa Elf in Elf?
Huh, I would have thought that Gene Shepherd would be the overwhelming favorite. Who knew.
|Date:||December 22nd, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)|| |
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.
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.
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.
|Date:||December 22nd, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)|| |
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?
Apparently I'm feeling mushy instead of silly.
My dad reading from Luke (KJV). Gets me every time.
|Date:||December 22nd, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)|| |
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?
"Have A Holly Jolly Christmas" almost ranks up there with "Wahoo Dorays" or however you spell the Whos' faux-Latin song of joy.
|Date:||December 28th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)|| |
"Dahoo Foress". I looked it up once. I don't remember why.
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.