Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Very Gerry X-Mas!

If you've ever wanted to see how a Trekkie celebrates Christmas, then watching the docu-comedy A Very Gerry X-mas is a good way to do it.

The opening credits feature beautiful stop-motion animation by Rob Niosi in an obvious tribute to the Rankin/Bass specials, specifically Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The star of the show is the eccentric and frugal Gerry (aka Reed Farrington) who attempts to bake and build a gingerbread house while battling a cold and decorates his Christmas tree as only a Trekkie would.

Part of the charm of this would-be holiday classic is that the bloopers have been left in. It also has a touching moment as Gerry tells a story of an unopened present that was never presented to the intended recipient. Does this remind anyone of the Island of Misfit Toys?

Of course, what would a holiday special be without a message? I'm not sure what that message is in this one was but it has one, with a special appearance by Film Junk's Frank Knezic.

It might not be It's A Wonderful Life but it is worth watching.

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