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“Merry After Christmas!”

After celebrating a wonderful December with his new wife, Robert has an amazing gift for everyone: A top 10 Favorite Christmas Movies List. It’s an episode in the making that was challenging, but he picked the ones embody the most Christmas spirit and connect to his nostalgic past.

He’ll go from a famliy of Santas to family men trying to give the best Christmas he can to a WWI Christmas truce to those that ask the question “Is there a Santa Claus?”. Its time that Robert counts down his absolute favorites.

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“Jumping Jingle Bells!”

In honor of Christmas Podcast Day, Robert is stepping into the Delorean to take the time jump to 1991. He does a little deep dive into the Back to the Future animated series and the Christmas episode that was produced, “Dickens of a Christmas”. While the Back to the Future trilogy is Robert’s all time favorite set of movies, the animated series is a mixed bag… and Dickens of a Christmas is not a better one.

There’s still a lot to take in from a story about Ebenezer Tannon getting a visit from a ghostly Marty on a hoverboard, Doc recusing his boys Jules and Verne from a Sykes-like figure, and taking the Delorean to Victorian England.

Robert also explores the cartoon’s history and how the same team from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures were tasked with briging another time travel series to life.

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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear”

It took longer then he thought, but Robert’s finally ready to dive back into the world of Elf. Along with continuing the adventures of the writer David Bernenbaum, he also goes into how Jon Favreau went from an actor to stepping behind the camera.

Learn how a lot of the script got changed, how Will Ferrell tried to make it racier, how they used a mental asylum to film a majority of the movie, how Jon fought to keep his movie family friendly and how it would bat out ofther family movies like the Looney Tunes and The Cat in the Hat. He also goes into why Elf has remained timeless.

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“I don’t need to see it. I lived it”

For Robert’s first ever Almost Christmas special, he wanted to pay tribute to the late Paul Reubens by looking at his 80’s classic, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. The goal is to take the one moment of Christmas the movie has and see whether it comes close as a Christmas movie. But he also looks at some of his facorite moments from the movie and tells his stories of visiting the locations. Some include the Cabazon Dinosaurs and the Alamo.

Robert also looks into Paul Reubens background, he he created Pee-Wee Herman and how the movie came to be.

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“And since we’ve no place to go, Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!”

It’s Christmas in July… in August. Better later then never, but Robert wanted to address some of his future plans for new segements including “Almost Christmas” and “Christmas WHAT!?” while saying that Elf Part 2 will be coming

Robert also wanted to give you some of his favorite Christmas movies that can be watched in Summer. He’s got some blockbusters in store that may involve Batman, some gremlins, detectives, someone with Scissors and an Ice Cream Bunny. If you need to get cool… jump in the pool. But if you still wanna cool down more, watch some of these Christmas movies.

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“What’s a Christmas-Gram? I want one!”

Continuing with the look into Elf, Robert’s joined by Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter to talk about the movie… along with some other Christmas movies… along with some other traditions related to Christmas… and having a more laidback conversation.

The two os us talk about some of our favorite moments, how the third act is still the most random part of the movie and how much Elf has become both of our personal favorites. We also look into our personal favorite elves, some of our other Christmas classics and why the movie has had the impact it does with the public. Does Elf already have the same cult status as A Christmas Story or has it passed beyond that? Find out before Robert returns with the 2nd part of the Elf deep dive

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“I like to smile, smiling’s my favorite”

Robert is back after a brief hiatus to explore the first major Christmas classic of the new millennium, Elf. Even though he’s gone back and forth on it, Robert does consider Elf a great Christmas movie which works thanks to Will Ferrell’s talent.

Learn about how writer David Berenbaum was a movie obsessed Jewish child who also happened to love Christmas movies, how his brother Michael would work with Coppola and the Coen Brothers, how David’s loneliness in LA inspired him to write Elf and how the script nearly became both Jim Carey and Chris Farley vehicles.

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“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud to hear!”

In anticipation for my next deep dive, Robert looks at his personal favorite Christmas elves in various movies and TV specials. While there are plenty of the traditional ones that live at the North Pole and make toys, some of the choices will branch outside the box.

We’ve got techno-savy elves, spy-elves, space alien elves, scary elves and even one set of non-elves. Its an elfing list galore!

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“Video game. Video game. Didn’t Anyone ask for a bat, a sword, or Molotov cocktails?”

A new year means a new season of Behind the Bells. Today we’re collaborating with Gerry from the Totally Rad Christmas! podcast to talk about last years suprise Christmas hit, Violent Night.

The two of us podcasters talk about the movie thats part Die Hard, part The Santa Clause, part Bad Santa and even a little bit part The Ref, as Stranger Thing’s Dave Harbour as Santa has to fend off theives as run by John Leguizamo and save Christmas. We really liked the movie and have a lot of fun talking about our favorite moments, favorite kills, speculate on who could play Mrs. Claus, and we even spitball our own casting had Violent Night been made in the 80s.

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Merry Teusday Everyone!

On our newest cozy fire chat, we’ve got our first guest from the North Pole. We have Santa’s Poet Amy who took time out of her busy schedule to have some fun with Robert. Sit an enjoy as the two talk about Christmas movies, their favorite portrayls of Santa, and of course, get to know Amy. Check out how she became a poet, how the North Pole became her calling and get challenged by Robert to some creative improv poems based on random Christmas topics.

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“I Believe… it’s silly but I believe”

The holidays are upon us! And what a better way then finish our dive into Miracle on 34th Street. Now it’s time to see how Fox managed to get Macys and Gimbels to agree to use their names for the movie. Learn how the movie’s filming of the annual Thanksgiving parade would be the first time a lot of people around the world would see it.

Also learn how Maureen O’Hara was forced by contract to do Miracle, how Natalie Wood was already a pro actress at age 8 and Edmund Gwen was so perfect for the part that many of the children actors believed he was Santa. We also look into how Fox insisted on a Summer release… and it’s strategy would make it a bit hit.

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“Happy Happy Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Happy Happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock”

Happy Halloween… a day late and a Happy Christmas Podcasting Day!

Today I’d thought I try something new and currate a different kind of list for some Halloween fun. I decided to look into the past and bring up some new songs for the season. So don’t expect your Thrillers, Twilight Zone theme, Monster Mashes or whatever.

Today were going from the Halloween series to Scooby Doo to the Muppets and even into the Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.

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“Oh, Christmas Isn’t Just A Day, It’s A Frame Of Mind… And That’s What’s Been Changing. That’s Why I’m Glad I’m Here, Maybe I Can Do Something About It.”

I’m back! And I’ve got an episode that demands the answer to the philosophical question; What is Santa Claus? The original Miracle on 34th Street holds up as a classic for a reason and answers this question.

Learn as I go into my personal definition of Faith, Talk about the guy who came up with the idea, Valentine Davies, How he achieved his dream as a playwright, and how his college acting buddy, George Seaton went from voicing the Lone Ranger to working with the Marx Brothers and getting his break with “The Song of Bernadette”

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Merry Monday everyone!

Our next deep dive will cover the classic Miracle on 34th Street from 1947. But before we do, I thought it would be fun to try something new. This is the first cozy fire chat episode in which I’ll be discussing the film with fellow podcasters and special guests. We give our thoughts, opinions, favorite, least favorite moments, quotes and whatever comes to mind. It’s looser and more free form, though we’ll return to our regular format next episode.

Consider listening to these other great podcasts (and of course, I  have to thank Gerry, Scott and Matt for taking the time to join me)

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“It reminds me of my mother. It’s warm all over” (Yes, that was the most Christmas-line I could get from this episode)

From the creators of Rugrats comes one show that pushed the furthest it could go with its dark imagry and groosout gags. Aaahh!! Real Monsters is an okay show with a ledd then steller Christmas in July Episode.

Regardless, let’s see how the husband/wife team from Klaskey/Csupo and a Soviet born animator teamed to create a series that blended the style of Yellow Submarine with a film noir.

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“When you’ve got a hit like we have, Patch, the people don’t wanna wait a whole year, they’re dying for a sequel! A sequel. That’s it. We’ll bring it out on March 25, and we’ll call it… Christmas II!”

With the Superman series flatening, the Salkinds decide to produce the first major live action Santa Claus movie.

Learn how Dudley Moore would become the star… despite not playing Santa and how his spirits were down once he was seeing what he was making. Also, hear how even with an expensive marketing campaign, this bomb ended the short Hollywood careers of the Salkinds.

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“Christmas to me is forgetting their differences and coming together. Singing and laughing, celebrating the spirit of the season… you know, Christmas cheer”

Now we’re touching upon one of my favortie 90’s cartoons! Let’s talk about how Rocko’s Modern Life perfectly blended animated surrealism and relatable scenarios to make the perfect Nicktoon. Oh and it’s Christmas episode is also a nice result.

Learn how Joe Murray, an aspiring animator got into making a Nicktoon and how much of the crew would move on to creating Spongebob, the spirital successor to Rocko.

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“From this day on, now and forever, you will bring all our gifts to all the children in all the world and all this to be done on Christmas Eve”

Santa Claus the Movie is what you’d call an 80’s cult classic. It’s a Christmas movie that most people don’t like, but I find it a major guilty pleasure.

Learn why I defend this movie, along with going into the history of the Salkind family, which involves Greta Garbo, a Japanese monster movie, the Three Musketeers and how the production of Superman would set in many of the ideas that would be reused on Santa Claus the Movie.

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