New Power Rangers Movie Ideas

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I figured I would come out of my blog writing hibernation to write about some Power Rangers. It has been announced that Power Rangers will be getting an all new movie. I was very excited by the news even though I know the film could suck big time. That doesn’t stop me from watching the other two Power Rangers movies. So I’m going to quickly go over what we know so far. This will more than likely be a retelling of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I am fine with that. I know some people would like a Time Force or one of the sentai seasons to be adapted, but Mighty Morphin is the brand most people remember. If you want people in the theater, you go with Mighty Morphin. I’d be for an original concept, but I know there is no chance of that happening so I can deal with a retelling.

Some minor things I want to see and do not want to see

Keep the original names, characters, and colors!

People are nostalgic for the old character names. You don’t want the older audience wondering why Jason has a different name. Stick with the names. We want Jason, Billy, Trini, Zordon, Rita, Bulk, Skull, and even Ernie. I know kids don’t care what their names are but there is an audience that does not like things that are different. I’m all for giving us a new character or monster here and there, but keep the core people the same names.

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Keep the original Power Rangers actors out of this film except for cameos

I know Jason David Frank is trying to get his Green Ranger film by pestering Saban executives, but we don’t need that. Make that a TV movie on Nickelodeon if we must.  We also don’t need him or any of the other original Power Rangers near this film. I only want to see them in small cameo roles. I’ll explain where I would want that later in this blog.

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Don’t tie this in with the TV series

I’m 98% sure they won’t do this, but I just figured it needed to be said. Do this like the first Power Rangers film where it took place in its own universe. I don’t want this to be Star Trek 2009 where time travelling Tommy comes from the future. That would be stupid. Keep time travel out of this film. Keep time travel out of Power Rangers period. Those plots confuse me. This coming from a guy who loves Power Rangers Time Force and even Star Trek for that matter.

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Okay, I got that out of the way. Now I figured I’d give my own ideas of how I would do a cinematic Power Rangers universe. Yeah, I’m giving it the Marvel name. Marvel is basically a good blueprint to follow. They are good at setting up sequels even if some of those films aren’t that great. I could easily see a few sequels if the first film is done right and not crap like Transformers. Then again Transformers is up to their fourth film, so they must be doing something right like making money. Anyway, here are my ideas for at least four Power Rangers films. If I think of a fifth film while writing, then I’ll put it down. I’m going to leave out Bulk and Skull in these plots. They have their place in the films, but they aren’t important to my main plots.

 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

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I can’t call it Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie because that’s taken, so I might as well call it what the show was called. Same thing Star Trek 2009 did because Star Trek: The Motion Picture was taken. So here’s my idea for a first film and I’ve seen some similar ideas to mine on the Internet so I’m not ripping anyone off on purpose.

Pre-Title Sequence

This is where we get the background of the film. 10,000 years ago, Zordon, his robot sidekick Alpha 5, and his team of Rangers are at war with Rita Repulsa and her minions. This is where you can have cameos from people like Walter Jones or Jason David Frank. You can have them playing the six ancient rangers. Zordon gets put into the time warp tube while the ancient rangers defeat Rita and lock her and her minions away into a dumpster or whatever you want to use. You can have the ancient green ranger losing his power coin at this point, but I wouldn’t make it too obvious. It might even be better to not include an ancient green ranger. Well, the other ancient rangers retire and give their coins to Alpha 5 and Zordon. Then we get our title scene.

1st Act

This is where we set up our 5 teenagers with attitude. I think I would make them just graduating from high school to make it feel more adult instead of them being high school freshman. I don’t think fans are really dying for Mr. Caplan or Ms. Appleby appearances though you could give a nod to them in a graduation scene. Here’s where I’m torn because I want the Rangers to all be friends already like in the original series. I know it might help character development more if they did not know each other, but I said they are graduating high school so they should know each other. Now if they were high school freshman, I would have them not be friends and then bring all their stereotypes together. Basically Act 1 would be the Breakfast Club or even Star Trek 2009 if they went that route. However, I still prefer that they all know each other. We establish they are good people with distinct personalities. The goal is to make us care about the characters. This should not be The Phantom Menace where I don’t care what happens to Obi Wan Kenobi.

Meanwhile, astronauts on the moon have discovered Rita’s dumpster and release her. Like most people who have thought about a MMPR movie, I’m basically remaking Day of the Dumpster. Zordon and Alpha are alerted of this and that’s when they call for their teenagers with attitude. Like on the show, the Rangers are initially skeptical. Rita is too busy attacking Earth though for them to be skeptical for too long. Rita is forming a big plan during the attack. She is summoning a monster who can easily defeat the Rangers. In the meantime though, she sends out Goldar and Putty Patrollers. The Power Rangers defeat Goldar and company rather easily. We have established that the Rangers are decently competent fighters who study martial arts or other athletic practices. That way it is not far-fetched when they defeat Goldar. I mean they defeated Goldar and King Sphinx in Day of the Dumpster, so I don’t see why they can’t here.

2nd Act

The Rangers are happy they defeated Goldar and they seem to accept the role as Power Rangers. Rita, however, is not too concerned that the Rangers were defeated. She was buying time summoning a more powerful monster. Here’s where I am split on with the monster. I think they should either go with an original monster here or go with Lokar. I’m siding with Lokar because I like retelling the TV series. I would not mind an original monster though. Basically I would combine the plots of Day of the Dumpster and Doomsday. Rita would transport everyone in Angel Grove (maybe Earth) to another dimension with the help of Lokar. The second act ends with the Rangers fighting Lokar and losing which forces them to retreat.

Final Act

The Rangers are reeling from their first defeat in only their second battle as Power Rangers. Their initial confidence is gone since they thought they could defeat anything. Lokar and Rita are destroying buildings now and causing havoc while taunting the Rangers to show themselves. Zordon gives the Rangers a speech and it inspires Jason to lead the charge giving the Power Rangers their confidence back. The Rangers get back into the action and fight Lokar. They manage to get the upperhand, but Rita summons Cyclopsis to destroy the Rangers for good so Rita can conquer Earth. This is when Zordon tells the Rangers about their Dinozords. They get in their Zords, they defeat Cyclopsis and Lokar, and everyone is saved because Lokar’s destruction allows for everyone to return to this dimension. Zordon thanks the Power Rangers for their service and asks them to continue their mission to stop Rita Repulsa who got away. The Rangers accept and they can even do a cheesy jumping high five shouting “Power Rangers” to end the film. I think that’s basically the ending to Doomsday.

Post Credits Scene

I’ve seen so many people mention this scene already, but there’s really no other thing to do. A defeated Rita reveals she has the Green Power coin. End film.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2: Green with Evil

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Pre Title Sequence

I’d do one of two things here, but they get us to the same point. First option would be the Power Rangers defeating a monster. I’d make it an iconic monster like a Knasty Knight, Pudgy Pig, or King Sphinx. I’d probably go Knasty Knight in this situation since it helps set up the Green Ranger arc. The other option would be to have a montage of the Power Rangers defeating various monsters like the ones I already mentioned. I call this the Rocky 3 opening. You could even play Eye of the Tiger, but that would be too cheesy. Then again, this is Power Rangers. Rita realizes that her monsters keep failing. She has been looking for the perfect Green Ranger, but has been having no luck. Jason enters a martial arts competition and makes it to the finals before finishing in a draw with a guy named Tommy Oliver. Title Sequence!

1st Act

You already know this is a retelling of Green with Evil. I put that as the title even. Rita tests Tommy and then abducts him. We need some flirting with Kimberly before this though. She does her old brainwashing thing and makes him the Green Ranger. Meanwhile, the Power Rangers have gotten confident and a little cocky with their powers. Kimberly even seems more excited about a future date with Tommy over being a Ranger. No monsters are posing a threat, so they have become relaxed with their powers. This is where my Rocky 3 parallels continue. The main difference being Goldar isn’t coming in to help the Rangers train. The Rangers go down to fight another Rita monster. Maybe you could use Knasty Knight here. The Rangers defeat him, and the Knasty Knight explodes leaving only the Sword of Darkness. This is when the Green Ranger picks up the Sword of Darkness. He immediately goes to town on the Power Rangers and dominates them.

2nd Act

The Rangers retreat to the Command Center to find that the place had already been wrecked by the Green Ranger during their fight with the Knasty Knight. Zordon and Alpha are out of commission until Billy gets them somewhat functioning. Jason is furious about this and he goes out and tries to find the Green Ranger. A damaged Zordon tells Jason to not take the Green Ranger lightly. This man is a killer like Clubber Lang. Jason doesn’t not seem to listen well. He goes out to find the Green Ranger and Rita transports him to her Dark Dimension. Jason gets his ass kicked because he doesn’t fight smart. The Green Ranger is about to kill him when Billy transports his Jason out of there with the help of a restored Zordon.

Final Act

The Power Rangers have basically learned their lesson at this point. They know not to underestimate their opponents anymore. The Green Ranger warns the Rangers he will attack Angel Grove if they do not fight him. The Ranger show up and they fight the Green Ranger again. This time it is a more even fight with the Green Ranger having to retreat to his Dragonzord. The Rangers summon their Megazord and the two zords fight it out. The Dragonzord is defeated, but not destroyed. A weakened Green Ranger challenges the Red Ranger to a fight to the death. Jason ultimately wins the fight, but he refuses to kill the Green Ranger. I’m not sure if I would have revealed to the Rangers if Tommy was the Green Ranger yet like in the show. It might work better if they don’t know, but I would include a scene where Kimberly is upset that Tommy skipped out on their date. Tommy is turned into a good Power Ranger with the Sword of Darkness being destroyed. Zordon welcomes Tommy to the team and the Power Rangers are all happy again. We might even get another cheesy jumping high five.

Post Credits Scene

Rita has been hinting the whole film that she has a boss who tells her what to do. She mentions at one point that if her Green Ranger plan fails then her boss would come to Earth. The post credits scene would then show Lord Zedd inside Serpentera heading to Earth.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 3: The Wrath of Zedd

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Pre-Title Sequence

I should mention that Wrath of Zedd is a joke title, but it’s where my plot is going. Basically, I’d have Zedd come to Earth here and kick Rita off the moon. I’d probably also have the Power Rangers fighting a monster again or perhaps they are on some sort of other adventure. Either way, I want this scene to show that Jason and Tommy are best friends now. These guys have each other’s back. Some Kimberly/Tommy romance stuff can also be sprinkled into this scene. I’d probably have that through the whole film though.

1st Act

I haven’t had as much time to think about this film. I’d say it’s more of a mix between The Mutiny and Green No More with similarities to The Power Transfer (No Rocky, Aisha, Adam) and the first movie. So the first act would basically be the Power Rangers are at the top of their game. They aren’t too confident or cocky anymore. They are basically the best they can be. That is until Lord Zedd comes down and kicks their ass. The Megazord sees its demise in the 1st Act. The Dragonzord is salvaged. Lord Zedd is fighting the Power Rangers in this film. This isn’t The Mutiny where Pirantishead is the monster. That’s not going to work on the big screen. Zordon tells the Power Rangers about how the ancient Power Rangers from the first film hid their legendary Thunderzords or possibly an upgraded Dinozords instead. Think of that rumored Zyu3 design for you Power Rangers fans out there. So the Rangers have to go to another planet and that leads us into the….

2nd Act

This is where we see similarities to the first movie, Power Transfer, and Ninja Quest.  The Power Rangers have to find these ancient Zords or maybe new powers as well to combat Zedd. Zedd isn’t going to Ivan Ooze this though and chill on Earth. He’s chasing them down in Serpentera the whole way. He’s got long  battery life too in this film. This leads to a few battles here and there and Zedd eventually believes he destroyed the Power Rangers. So now he goes back to Earth to finish off the planet. He’s looking to destroy this planet because of Zordon and the previous failures by Rita. The Power Rangers are not destroyed and instead they get lucky and find the Zords/powers. Poor Tommy doesn’t get any new powers though since there were only five new Zords. He’s cool about it though and is just happy the Rangers can fight Zedd now.

Final Act

The Power Rangers have to race back to Earth now in their new Zords. Speaking of which, I can’t decide how I wanted them to get to the planet. Possibly teleporting or even a space ship. Zedd is about to have Serpentera blow up the Earth when the Power Rangers just make it in time to deflect the blast. The blast does weaken Serpentera forcing it to land on Earth where the Power Rangers can combat it. Tommy summons the Dragonzord to join the fight. The battle is hard fought between Zedd’s Serpentera and the new Megazord. The Megazord defeats Serpentera, but Zedd activates the self destruct mechanism which will destroy the Earth. The Megazord is too weakened to do anything, but the Dragonzord has just enough power left in it. Tommy’s Dragon Dagger is too damaged from the events of the film to summon enough power to control the Dragonzord. This leads to Tommy having to pilot the Dragonzord itself. The Dragonzord flies into space, Zedd can’t do anything since Serpentera had no power left, and the Dragonzord and Serpentera blow up. Tommy is dead. The Rangers mourn for him. Lord Zedd was able to escape in an escape pod, but he did not avoid the explosion and he lands on Earth. Zedd gives the Devimon from Digimon speech that there are far more evil beings than him out there. Jason says they will be read to face any evil in honor of their friend. The film ends with a private funeral for Tommy. I’m going to call him an orphan just to avoid people wondering what happened to Tommy.

Post Credits Scene

This is where I’m split going into the next film. This post credits scene would either show Rita going home to get help in Master Vile and Rito Revolto or it would show the possibility of Tommy still being alive. I’d prefer not to do the second option though.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 4: White Knight

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Pre Title Sequence

This again would probably be Rita being back with Master Vile and Rito Revolto at her side. I don’t really have anything for the Power Rangers to do in this opening sequence.

1st Act

Not much time has passed between films. The Power Rangers are still mourning the loss of Tommy. They are also questioning their own mortality at this point. No Power Ranger had died before, so this was brand new to them. The Power Rangers do their best to help clean up the streets and repair damage from the previous film. Maybe Serpentera killed some cities before it was destroyed. That would help explain Tommy’s death more now that I think about it. The Power Rangers know there is still an evil threat out there since Zedd warned them. Finally, that threat arrives. Rita and her family have returned to Earth. I just thought of an alternate plot to this film where Zedd survives the 3rd film and joins with Rita, but I’m sticking with this plot without Zedd. Too many ideas on the fly.

2nd Act

Master Vile concocts a plan where they attack different parts of the world making it harder for the Power Rangers to get to all of them. The Power Rangers try their best to save as many cities as possible, but they can’t be a multiple places at once. They try splitting up, but it’s not working. This is when their White Knight arrives. The White Ranger helps the Power Rangers even the odds and push back Vile and Rita’s forces. The six Rangers return to the Command Center and we get the reveal of who the White Ranger is. Now who is the White Ranger? Well, in the third film I’d set up a couple good Samaritan characters that help during crisis. We get to know those characters throughout that film and we see them interact with the Rangers. You can even call one of them Richie. Those characters are also in this film as possible White Rangers. Hell, you could even make Skull a possible White Ranger candidate. The other option is that Tommy survived the explosion from the third film and Zordon had somehow kept him alive in a chamber until he made him the White Ranger. Now that option would make Zordon seem like a dick for not telling the Rangers though. I personally would keep Tommy dead (I know that’s blasphemy) and go with a new White Ranger. Zordon does create this White Ranger though using technology from the new powers of the last film.

Final Act

Master Vile, Rita, and Rito have focused their attack on Earth’s biggest city. The Power Rangers must stop them. Simple enough. There’s going to be a lot of destruction and civilian deaths in this. I’m thinking Man of Steel/Avengers levels of destruction. The Rangers overcome the odds in the end by combining the Megazord and Tigerzord to defeat Vile, Rita, and Rito once and for all. No more Rita after this film. She’s dead. The film ends with the Rangers celebrating and promising to rebuild the city.

Post Credits Scene

One might not be needed in this film, but if I had to do one then I would probably set up Dark Specter and the United Alliance of Evil.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 5: The Final Frontier

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Pre Title Sequence

I have no good subtitle for this film at the moment, so I’m going with the classics. I have a few different ways I want to go with this film. First off, a few years have passed since the fourth film. The Rangers have helped rebuild. Humans have started to move out into space more to meet other planets and form alliances with them. One of the planets reveals that throughout the universe, the United Alliance of Evil  have been strengthening their forces to conquer more and more planets. Some planets are destroyed or severely damaged depending on if they have good resources. This is where you can throw in a reference to KO-35 and even have them get some help from Andros. I wouldn’t make him a Power Ranger though. I don’t think there should be other sets of Power Rangers in this universe. This seems like it could be a long pre-title sequence so some of this can go in the first act. I would also set up the villain for this film working for Dark Specter. Dark Specter is the big bad for the 6th and final film of my ideas. I have three ideas for a villain in this film. I’d go with The Machine Empire, The Psycho Rangers, or a completely original villain. Maybe even do two of them.

1st Act

I’d continue with the Power Rangers and other Earthlings working on relations with other planets. This is when the villain invades. Chaos is caused and the Power Rangers must use their Megazord to stop the villain. This villain is holding back though and retreats because a different plan is in the works.

2nd Act

While the Power Rangers are occupied on let’s say KO-35 for television continuity, Dark Specter has sent forces to Earth. The Power Rangers learn of this and hurry back to Earth, but they are too late. Cities have been leveled and people are dead. The Command Center has also been thrashed. Zordon has been taken and Alpha destroyed. The Rangers defeat the forces on Earth, but then they realize that KO-35 is now under attack once again.

Final Act

The Power Rangers return to a pretty much destroyed KO-35 where everything is pretty much in ruin. The villain the Power Rangers are facing is pretty even with them. Similar to the end of the Power Rangers Turbo episodes Chase into Space, the Power Rangers sacrifice their Zords to destroy  the villain(s) for this film. The Power Rangers are broken because they have no way to save Zordon now. This is basically an Empire Strikes back ending. The Power Rangers head back to Earth on a NASADA shuttle and look through the rubble of the Command Center. It is here where they discover a secret chamber. Zordon and Alpha had been working on new upgrades to the suits. We see what looks like the Power Rangers in Space suits with some MMPR tweaking in there. We can’t have too much change! The film ends with a recorded message from Alpha or Zordon telling them they had been working with Alpha to form a new Zord: enter the Astro Megaship. Credits roll!

Post Credits Scene

Basically Dark Specter planning his invasion of the galaxy.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

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Pre-Title Sequence

We pretty much set up that this is the final film. Dark Specter is ready to take over the universe and the Power Rangers are ready to stop them with their new Astro Megaship.

1st Act

This will be an all out war with the Megaship battling enemy ships. This one might be an explosion happy film. The Power Rangers also manage to try and round up some help from the alliances they made with planets like KO-35, Triforia, and Aquitar. Maybe I’ll even let them form their own Power Rangers after all, but that would be pushing it. Probably too much for one film.

2nd Act

Dark Specter finally confronts the Rangers. They form the Astro Megazord and we get a good battle between the two sides. The Rangers think they have a shot at winning when Dark Specter brings up that he has Zordon in his stomach or something. I haven’t really thought that out. Dark Specter will look nothing like Malagore from the Turbo movie by the way. I’d go with an original design, but keep the Dark Specter name. Anyways, Specter warns the Power Rangers that if they kill him then they kill Zordon. They don’t want to do that. No Z Wave in this film. Zordon is unable to communicate with them too at this time. Dark Specter gets away leaving the Rangers beaten because they refused to fight him. Their Powers and Megazord are pretty damaged at this point. Specter decides to go to Earth destroy what the Rangers love most before taking over the universe.

3rd Act

Specter’s forces are decimating the planet. People are wondering where the Power Rangers are. Bulk and Skull give their pep talk though like in Countdown to Destruction and lead the charge against the enemies. The Rangers finally return to Earth in their damaged Megaship. They have been working on a way to contact Zordon the whole time, but it’s been near impossible with him trapped inside Specter. This leads us into the final battle between Specter and the Astro Megazord. Then out of nowhere Tommy returns in a new Super Dragonzord. Tommy is also now played by Jason David Frank…..oh sorry about that. JDF hijacked my blog. Speaking of which, I wonder if I should turn the White Ranger into the Silver Ranger during this. Maybe the White/Silver Ranger helping people on the planet like in CTD. He can even have his own Delta Megaship if he must. That might take too much explanation for why he needs his own Zord again though. Back to Specter vs. Astro Megazord, the Power Rangers are finally able to communicate with Zordon after a lengthy battle where they held back a bit. Zordon basically tells them the needs of the many outweighs the needs of the few, so he’s all for them sacrificing him. The Power Rangers put everything that have into a final blow and they destroy Dark Specter. All over the universe we see his forces fall and the Power Rangers have saved the day. The film ends with the Rangers helping rebuild and agreeing to always protect the universe. They can reveal their identities to the public. Mainly so Bulk and Skull can see who they are. That can happen earlier in this film.

Post Credits Scene

Nothing. Just the logo. Maybe a montage of highlights from past films.

That’s it. Those are my six film ideas for a Power Rangers Cinematic Universe. I came up with half of those while writing this. Now I didn’t outline everything.  I said at the beginning I would leave out Bulk and Skull stuff. More personal relationships would also be needed. I think I’d pair Trini up with the White Ranger (unless it’s Tommy since he belongs with Kimberly). I wouldn’t be against pairing Jason and Kimberly up after the fourth film though. I was more concerned about main plots here. I’ll give a quick summary though for those too lazy to read.

First Film: Retelling of Day of the Dumpster and Doomsday

Second Film: Retelling of Green with Evil

Third Film: Retelling of The Mutiny, Green No More, The Power Transfer, Ninja Quest, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie; It’s a weird blend of those

Fourth Film: Retelling of White Light with 3rd season MMPR characters like Rito Revolto and Master Vile

Fifth Film: Slight retelling of  Turbo’s Chase into Space along with some Power Rangers in Space elements

 Sixth Film: Retelling of Countdown to Destruction

There you have it! Six Power Rangers films for Saban to think about. My ideas probably won’t ever come to fruition, but it was fun to write. Take care everyone and let’s hope this new Power Rangers movie doesn’t suck.

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 25: A Christmas Story

I can’t believe there was once a time when there was Christmas without A Christmas Story. It’s a family tradition these days to watch it. It airs 24 hours on TBS. Whether you like it or not, you’ll end up watching at least a scene of this film during Christmas. Truth be told, I can’t think of a time where I have watched the film the entire way through. I’ve seen all of the film but not at once. That 24 hour marathon screws with my viewing of the film. I know I can always catch certain parts of it during the day. The film has a pretty basic story. Our lead character is Ralphie. He wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, but everyone thinks he will shoot his eye out. It’s classic. A must watch for the holiday season. I’m going to list my top five favorite parts of the film.

1. Evil Santa – This is my favorite scene in the film. Ralphie and his brother, Randy, go to see Santa Claus at the mall. Santa and his elves are the meanest people you’ll ever see. The Santa says, “Ho, ho, ho” nonstop like a crazy man. Most kids scream when they get to him (including Randy) and the elf throws them down the slide. Ralphie can’t think of what to say to Santa and Santa suggests a football. Ralphie gets thrown down the slide, but he stops himself and pulls himself back up the slide. He tells Santa what he really wants (Red Ryder BB gun), but Santa tells him he will shoot his eye out. Santa then puts his foot on Ralphie’s face and sends him down the slide. What a dick. I’d never go to that Santa again.

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2. Pink Bunny – Ralphie’s aunt tends to give Ralphie bad presents every Christmas since she thinks that Ralphie is four and a girl. This Christmas Ralphie got a pink bunny costume. He doesn’t want to wear it but his mother makes him. She’s worse than the Santa Claus. It’s so embarrassing when you see Ralphie come down the stairs in that bunny outfit. His brother laughs at him while his mom thinks it is cute. His father has a bit of a heart and lets him take it off. The father is not a dick like Santa.

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3. Ralphie Goes Mad – A bully had been picking on Ralphie and his friends for some time. He’s a red haired kid named Farkus. You might remember him getting killed in Freddy vs. Jason. Farkus is often seen making fun of Ralphie and being mean. One day Ralphie finally snaps and it is glorious. Ralphie just beats the shit out of him. He tackles him and punches him nonstop. Ralphie goes into some sort of trance where the only thing he thinks about is punching Farkus. His mom finally stops him, but it was so worth it.

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4. Leg Lamp – Ralphie’s dad wins  some sort of contest and gets the best prize ever. He gets a leg lamp! It comes in a box that says it’s fragile. His dad pronounces it as Frageely and thinks it’s Italian. A classic moment in the film. I bought my dad a mini leg lamp last year for Christmas. The poor leg lamp in this film doesn’t quite fair as well since it gets broken. The mean mom character broke it since she was always jealous of it! That poor father!

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5. Triple Dog Dare – Who could forget this iconic scene in the film! While at recess, Ralphie’s friend, Flick, gets into an argument with another friend named Schwartz about whether or not your tongue could get stuck to the pole in the freezing cold. It gets serious when dares are thrown into the mix. The biggest dare is the triple dog dare. Schwartz even skips the triple dare to go straight for the triple dog dare. Flick had no choice but to stick his tongue on the pole at that point. He does it and his tongue does indeed get stuck. The fire department is called to save him after all the kids left him outside.

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It’s a great film with so many nostalgic moments for me. Go watch it if you haven’t yet today. You might be able to catch the end on TBS right about now. You can see the dogs eat the turkey and force them to eat at the Chinese restaurant. I had fun writing these reviews for 25 days. I may do this again next year. Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year!

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 24: Christmas Eve Smorgasbord

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Merry Christmas Eve to everyone out there! Tomorrow is the magical day known as Christmas. I should go to sleep right now just so I can get up in the morning to unwrap presents. I’m currently watching It’s A Wonderful Life on NBC. A classic film that I watch every year on Christmas Eve. I figured I’d take the time today to just talk about everything I’ve seen today that had to do with Christmas. I didn’t finish or pay attention to a lot of these films, but I’ll make note of them just because I can.

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

I caught a little bit of this one. It’s based on a song of the same name. It reminds me of that scene in Santa’s Slay where Goldberg laughs about the grandpa being run over by a reindeer. I have nothing else to say. I just wanted to make a Santa’s Slay reference.

Scooby Doo Christmas

I love Scooby Doo. The good people at Hanna Barbera never let me down when watching Scooby Doo as a kid. I didn’t catch much of this special. I recall a big snow monster, but that’s about it. I wouldn’t mind watching it some day to get all the information on it.

Batman Begins

….has nothing to do with Christmas. Syfy chose the wrong Batman movie. They should have went with Batman Returns.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

….also has nothing to do with Christmas. Did the Syfy channel not get the memo about it being Christmas Eve?

The Best of the Joy of Painting

Bob Ross painted a nice picture and he played with squirrels. It had nothing to do with Christmas, but I never turn down watching Bob Ross.

A Fairly Odd Christmas

I’m still not used to seeing The Fairly OddParents in Live Action. I didn’t follow the plot very much, but it’s neat seeing the cartoon characters in live action. It seems more faithful to the television show than some of the actual crap cartoon adaptations I’ve seen come out. (Dragonball Evolution)

It’s a SpongeBob Christmas

Only caught bits and pieces of this too. Christmas Eve is a busy time. I don’t always get to watch everything. It was cool that it was in stopmotion though like the old Rankin Bass specials. I’m definitely going to try and watch this one day.

The Santa Clause

I watched the most of this one. It’s a classic movie starring Tim Allen who accidentally kills Santa. He puts on his suit and that makes him the big guy. He doesn’t want to accept being Santa Claus at first, but he eventually comes around after dealing with his ex wife and Judge Reinhold. His son is the one who truly inspires him to take the role of Santa Claus. It’s a classic Christmas film that I try to watch every year.

The Santa Clause 2

Not as good as the original, but I watched a little bit of it. It’s A Wonderful Life takes priority over it. I only watched Santa make the clone version of himself to take his job while he finds his wife. I don’t try to watch this one every year, but I’ll give it a glance. I’ve still never seen the 3rd one.

I’m going to finish watching It’s A Wonderful Life now. I might do a review of that tomorrow or something else. I’m leaning towards something else. We already know it’s a classic. Not much more to say about it. Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 23: Die Hard and The Year Without a Santa Claus

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You know there’s not much in common with Die Hard and The Year Without a Santa Claus. They share no common characters. There are no terrorists in The Year Without a Santa Claus. No reindeers dressed like dogs in Die Hard. The only real similarity is that they have some themes of Christmas. So why review them both at the same time? They were both on TV today. It’s that simple. The two don’t mix and match well, but I’m going to give it a whirl as Kevin McCallister would say.

The Plots

John McClane is invited to a Christmas party by his wife who he’s been having trouble with lately. Santa is also having some trouble since he thinks nobody believes in him anymore and that there is no need for Christmas. Both John McClane and Santa run into some problems as time progresses. Our favorite Hogwarts professor, Hans Gruber, is trying to take over Mr. Takagi’s big building. He has some get rich quick scheme. People are dying including Takagi and John McClane has to do something about it. Santa has to find where the elves, Jingle and Jangle, went so he can retrieve the reindeer named Vixen. Vixen has been taken to the pound, so it’s like she is taken hostage and Santa has to rescue her. The films have parallels after all! John McClane gets help in this movie from Carl Winslow. Carl hasn’t lost his mind dealing with Urkel yet, and he’s on a mission to save John McClane’s ass. Santa is also getting help from a little boy named Iggy. He didn’t really believe in Santa just like Carl at first with John, but they both come around. There’s some skeptics on both sides. The principal from Breakfast Club keeps complaining to Carl Winslow about the job John McClane is doing in the same way the mayor is doubting Santa Claus. John’s wife, Holly, tries to talk with the villains to get them to allow some things, and Hans Gruber is nice enough to comply. The same happens with Mrs. Claus. She has to deal with the Miser Brothers. It took some time to convince the Snow and Heat Misers to help, but a talk with Mother Nature straightened them out. John McClane eventually kills all the terrorists one by one in the same way Santa convinces everyone to believe in him one by one. They both get one last bit of help from Carl and Iggy. Carl shoots the last bad guy and Iggy helps other kids mail Santa. They both even end with Christmas songs!

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Final Thoughts

Clearly these two films have more in common than I imagined. It’s like watching the same film! I mean nobody dies in The Year Without a Santa Claus, but what does die is kids not believing in Santa. The parallels do not go unnoticed. I’m sure the Die Hard writers had The Year Without a Santa Claus in their mind when getting this movie made. Both are classics, so I suggest everyone should watch them in the next couple days. You won’t regret it. Look for the similarities!

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 22: Frosty the Snowman

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You know I love me some Rankin Bass. These Christmas specials defined my childhood right up there with the Mighty Ducks films. They are must watches every Christmas. Today I watched Frosty the Snowman. It’s like Jack where a snowman comes to life. Frosty doesn’t kill people or is Batman though. This Rankin Bass special is a little different since it isn’t claymation like the others. This one is done in animation. It’s not quite as cool because of that, but it’s still a solid effort.

The Plot

A bunch of kids are building a snowman on the first snow of the season which fell on Christmas Eve. Karen, the main girl, decides to call him Frosty after bad names like Howard and Oatmeal. An evil magician, Professor Hinkle, is not a very good magician so he throws his hat out. The kids put the hat on Frosty and he comes to life. “Happy birthday!” That’s what Frosty says when he comes to life. He says it every time in every Frosty special except for that horrid Frosty Returns. The magician takes the hat back,but his rabbit named Hocus Pocus gives it back to the kids. Frosty is back alive and he’s all singing and dancing. It’s fun! It’s getting hot though so he has to go to the North Pole. They jump on a train and for some reason Frosty makes Karen go with him. Hocus Pocus also goes. Karen gets too cold and Frosty has to make her warm. That damn Hinkle is still causing trouble though. He locks Frosty in a greenhouse and that melts him. Karen is sad and cries over Frosty the Puddle. Hocus Pocus has recruited Santa Claus to help out. Paul Frees is voicing our Santa in this special. It gets confusing sometimes since there are different Santa voice actors in Rankin Bass like Mickey Rooney. Santa just opens up the door and Frosty comes back to life since Christmas snow magic or something. Santa forces Professor Hinkle to write why he shouldn’t be bad or else he won’t get presents. Santa takes Karen home and he takes Frosty to the North Pole. That’s okay because Frosty will be back again some day. He’s got a sequel, a crossover and a crappy John Goodman not really a sequel to come back for when he returns.

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Final Thoughts

I actually fell asleep a little bit, but that’s just from me being tired. I still enjoy watching the film. I love the cop who swallows his whistle. I love Hinkle saying, “Messy, messy, messy.” The song is always wonderful to hear. I love Jackie Vernon as Frosty the Snowman. Jimmy Durante is great as the narrator. It’s just a magical special. It really brings me into the Christmas spirit even if I fell asleep watching it this time. Go watch it if you haven’t this holiday season!

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 21: That 70s’ Show – Winter

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I was wrong about there being a 7th season Christmas episode of Boy Meets World. It was actually a surprise birthday party for Alan that just happened to have Santa Claus in it. My mistake. I figured I would review that last That 70s Show Christmas episode instead. Nothing much has changed in Point Place since the last Christmas episode. Donna’s hair being blond is the only significant change. Thank God there wasn’t a Christmas episode during the last season with no Kelso and Eric. I say we get started. Winter by that That 70s’ Show!

The Plot

So Kelso brings to Eric’s basement a bunch of presents for needy kids from the police station. They of course open up all the presents and want to keep them for themselves. They even launch an Evel Knievel stunt cycle at Fez’s head. They also fly a Funyun into Kelso’s mouth by toy helicopter. Kitty is supposed to lead a Ladies of Point Place Christmas party until some bitchy woman takes it over from her. Jackie is upset that Hyde would rather play with toys than go to the party with her. Kitty is given the job at the party of giving out the presents to all the children. The problem is that when Red goes to get the gifts, they have been stolen. Red is sent home to find stuff for the kids when he catches the guys downstairs playing with the toys. Eric said he did because all he got was raincoats for Christmas instead of an Evel Knievel stunt cycle. It turns out Red did get him one of them once, but Red broke it before giving it to him. The guys agree to take the presents to the party for the kids. They get to the roof and there is a chimney. Hyde says once of them has to go down it. Eric volunteers and falls down the chimney. Hyde said he saw a backdoor though and they’d take the presents through there instead leaving Eric down the chimney. They bring the presents in and Kitty wants to know where Eric is. Hyde asks Kitty and Donna where the chimney went to and Kitty says the bakery. Donna figures to go find Eric there. The presents are revealed and all the kids are happy. Hyde and Jackie have a bit of a falling out though, so that sucks. Things go well for Bob though since he’s apparently hooked up with that mean woman running the party. The woman was not happy that Kitty was made the head person for the Valentine’s Day party. Hyde gets them all a present near the end when they all get high. The episode ends with Eric getting a raincoat for Christmas and the Evel Knievel stunt cycle. The problem is the stunt cycle is broken because Red played with it.

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Final thoughts

Another funny That 70s’ Show Christmas episode. This show really knew how to do Christmas specials outside of that one I didn’t care for too much. It had great moments from all the characters. I’d say the best parts are with Kelso and probably Red. I enjoyed the flashback with Red breaking Evel Knievel and Kelso’s shenanigans are always funny. The Hyde/Jackie stuff is a bit of a downer, but like the BMW episode yesterday it advances the plot. I’d recommend this episode to anybody who loves Christmas and That 70s Show.

Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 20: Boy Meets World – Santa’s Little Helpers

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You know I still haven’t gone Christmas shopping yet. I’m a terrible person, but I am back with another Boy Meets World Christmas episode to review. This episode adds an “s” to the end of the first season episode I reviewed to create a brand new sixth season episode. What has changed since the season 5 Boy Meets World Christmas episode? Cory and Topanga are engaged. Everyone is in college. Rachel has joined the cast. Shawn and Angela broke up. Well, they weren’t actually together before the last Christmas episode I reviewed so they got together and then broke up. I think we are all caught up so will this be the best BMW Christmas? I don’t know!

The Plot

Mr. Feeny really seems in the holiday spirit, but the janitor throws away his Christmas tree. “Happy non-denominational holidays!” Eric has been hired to be Santa Claus and he has made Rachel and Jack his Mrs. Claus and elfboy. Cory invites Shawn to his place for Christmas, but what he doesn’t know is that Topanga invited Angela. This could create problems. Cory and Topanga talk about it, but Cory sees this as an opportunity to put them back together. Cory is really funny in this episode. Eric gets into the holiday spirit as Santa, but a bus full of orphans comes in to make Eric’s job a little tougher. He starts to give presents to all the kids. Eric, Jack, and Rachel go out and buy shit for all those kids. Eric even gives Jack and Rachel his dad’s credit card to buy things.. I’m sure Alan is going to be none too pleased with that. Cory isn’t being too subtle about trying to get Shawn and Angela back together. He takes them to couples only skating and he makes them string popcorn together. They both know what he’s trying to do. Shawn and Angela kiss under the mistletoe adding more drama to this episode. Cory tells Shawn that Angela is still in love with him (she told him in another episode) and Cory also tells Shawn that he knows he still loves her (Topanga told him earlier after Shawn told her in an earlier episode). Shawn talks to Angela and Cory buggles things up more by telling her that Shawn still loves her. Shawn and Angela leave and go to the student union. Shawn says he’s not ready to love, and Angela ends it for good (until season 7). Eric has given all the presents away. He’s even stolen presents from his house to do it. A boy named Tommy comes to Eric and asks him for parents. Eric doesn’t know what to do about this. He even tries talking to God wondering why God sent him this kid. Eric says he will do what he can to make this boy happy. Back at the Matthews house, they open presents to reveal that Eric has left them cards saying their presents have been donated to orphans. Alan is not happy about losing is drill. Eric brings Tommy to the house and asks if it’s alright if he spends Christmas with them. Alan asks Tommy if he got his drill. It’s a nice little moment though that Tommy gets to stay. Another funny part is Mr. Feeny opening a box for a breast pump, but that’s for Amy and not him. Feeny also doesn’t get to put his Wise Santa ornament on the tree which was tradition. I noticed the tree isn’t aluminum in this episode! Damn you, Topanga! Feeny does read A Christmas Carol to close out the relationship. Right when he says Marley is dead as a doornail, Shawn and Topanga walk through the door and that line perfectly described their relationship.

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Final Thoughts

It’s not the happiest of Christmas episodes. The Shawn and Angela plot is totally depressing even if Cory is being funny throughout all of it. The Eric plot is also pretty depressing after it started as heartwarming. It ends heartwarming with Tommy staying with them for Christmas and Eric agreeing to be like a big brother to Tommy on weekends. There is another sad episode later in the season where Eric does try to become Tommy’s dad. Mr. Feeny even becomes depressing in this episode since his tree gets thrown away and he doesn’t get to put up his Wise Santa ornament. This episode is just a real downer. It has funny moments with Cory and Eric, but it doesn’t quite put you in the Christmas spirit. It’s probably at the bottom of my favorite Boy Meets World Christmas episodes, but it does advance the plot well. Not every Christmas can be happy so it’s more realistic in that way. I do believe there is still one more Boy Meets World Christmas to go! We’ll see when I get to that.