Episode 521: Santa Claus
First aired: Comedy Central on 24 December 1993
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon (Volume 16 standard edition / Collector's Edition), Shout Factory (Volume 16 standard edition / Collector's Edition), Best Brains (Volume 16 Collector's Edition)
|Better suited for Hallowe'en.|
Maybe that's a little harsh. But go watch this edition of the Santa Claus myth and then come back and argue.
At Christmastime, Santa gets ready for his trip around the world by playing the organ or keyboard-TV or something and looking creepily at images of stereotypes of children from all around the the planet while toys are made by child slaves in the North Pole sweatshop, only it's not at the North Pole but on a cloud just beyond the moon, but even that far away, Santa can keep an eye on things with a giant eye he stole from the Martians from The War of the Worlds* which is hardly creepy at all, so he loads his sleigh with his toys made by his child slave labor force and heads out in his sleigh pulled by giant, creepy, white, wind-up reindeer, only the Devil wants to ruin Christmas for everyone, so he keeps interfering with Santa's deliveries, but the wizard Merlin, who lives with Santa tells The Right Jolly Old Elf how to escape a dog after Santa's Magic Flower is lost, so he manages to deliver a doll to a little Mexican girl, saving Christmas for everyone. The end.
|Santa watches us.||Martians watch us.|
Of course, weird means ripe for the riffing. And M&tB have a fun time with this film.
That's not to say I enjoyed it. This film is a little too weird for me. And I've seen, and enjoyed, some weird films. I've also seen and hated some weird films. This is one of the latter.
Now, M&tB make it better. They certainly couldn't make it worse. But better is what they do. And they succeed. It's just that I dislike this movie so much that it keeps me from enjoying the episode.
|The Mads gift exchange.||M&tB gift exchange.|
The Gift of the Magi parody is great. It shows the lovable nature of TV's Frank, who, despite being evil, is, well, lovable. It also shows how rotten Dr. Forrester is, plus how he doesn't want to be disliked, just feared.
|What would a Christmas story be without the traditional rivalry of Santa and Satan?||You know, it's just not Christmas unless the wizard Merlin is helping Santa save the day.|
There's an all-inclusive Christmas carol, a fight between Pitch and Kris Kringle, and a snowfall in space.
There are so many things to like about this episode that the scales come down on the positive side. But, had the MST3K crew not been up to the task, this would have been a horrible, horrible episode. The movie is that bad.
But they saved the day. Just like Merlin saves Christmas every year.