Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
Just listened, first, there are actually two MST3K Christmas movies. The second one happened after Joel Hodgson left the show. Just titled Santa Claus it was an English-dubbed film from Mexico. Better production values than Santa Claus conquered the Martians but chock-full of strange. Quote from Whackopedia:Merlin the Wizard, Santa's most trusted assistant, gives Santa a sleep inducing powder and a flower that allows him to disappear. He then retrieves a magic key that will open any door on Earth from Vulcan and prepares his mechanical reindeer. On Earth, the three rude boys plot to capture and enslave Santa. Meanwhile Lupita and her mother say a prayer and Lupita says that she has wished for two dolls, one of which she will give to Baby Jesus.I liked Voltron as well, a bit formulaic and ''monster of the week'' but it was decent overall. Compare to Speed Racer which was pretty much the same show over and over again (The Pokemon anime suffers from the same problem - you've seen one, you've seen 'em all)Robotech was an interesting one - it was actually kluged together from three different series:Robotech (1985) is an original story adapted with edited content and revised dialogue from the animation of three different mecha anime series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982-1983) Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (1984) Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (1983-1984)Harmony Gold's cited reasoning for combining these unrelated series was its decision to market Macross for American weekday syndication television, which required a minimum of 65 episodes at the time (thirteen weeks at five episodes per week). Macross and the two other series each had fewer episodes than required, since they originally aired in Japan as weekly series. On some television stations, the syndicated run was preceded by the broadcast premiere of Codename: Robotech, a feature-length pilot.It worked somehow.BTW, you ain't the only one who thinks Jim Henson was on drugs and lots of 'em. After Disney took it over (the movies) they toned things down.
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