The Protagonist Podcast #155: Christmas Special 2017 “That is like bringing a bazooka to a knife fight.”

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It’s The Protagonist Podcast Christmas Special 2017! Producer Andrew sent Joe and Todd the titles to 8 holiday specials they’ve never seen, and they each made up a plot summary (though Joe went overboard and shot well past a simple summary on one). Listen and let us know if you’d watch any of these made up movies.

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#053: George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (Film 1946) “Hello, Bedford Falls!”

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It’s A Wonderful Life, listeners, when we get the chance to talk about George Bailey in our final Christmas episode of the year. Fulfilling patreon contributor Jane’s request, we tackle a classic movie starring the man, the myth, the legend: Jimmy Stewart.

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#052: Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Novella 1843) “Humbug!”

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Greetings listeners! If you’ve never heard of it, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is the tale of a miserly man named Ebeneezer Scrooge who discovers being horrible might not be the best lifestyle. Join us as we discuss changes of heart, the evolution of Christmas traditions (including ghost stories), and fantasy cast yet another adaptation of this classic story.

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#051: Buddy in Elf (Film 2003) “I’m a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!”

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This week Todd and Joe discuss one of the most recent additions to the Christmas movie pantheon. It’s Buddy the Elf in Jon Favreau’s 2003 comedy Elf. While there is no denying this film’s comedy (Will Ferrell’s performance is outstanding), there are also more than a few nits to pick with this film (we criticize because we love). Join us!

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#050: Special: Christmas Special about Christmas Specials “If anyone has a contact at Hallmark …”

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Our 50th is a a special Christmas episode about Christmas specials! Producer Andrew looked up the titles of obscure made-for-TV Christmas movies, then Joe and Todd made up plot summaries. Listen to discover if the made-up plots are stranger than the real movies (spoiler: not always).

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#049: Big Bird in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (TV 1978) “I think I froze my giblets.”

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Merry Christmas, listeners! Join Joe and Todd as they talk about Big Bird in the 1978 tv special Christmas on Sesame Street. They discuss the magic of Jim Henson’s creativity and Caroll Spinney’s amazing performance in the giant yellow feathered suit. Topics include Big Bird’s innocence (and his amazing ability to learn to ice skate), Oscar the Grouch’s surprising edginess, Bert and Ernie’s top-notch acting, the violently adorable interactions between children and Grover, and to top it all off: the true meaning of Christmas.

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