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Merry Christmas, Mefites! Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, you might enjoy this fun bit of flash goodness.
posted by bwg (42 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ancient, but well worth while. I can't believe it was never posted before.
posted by yhbc at 7:48 PM on December 13, 2007


I kept expecting it to get all flash animation on me and have Santa do something absurd like suddenly be playing poker with the cast of Phantom of the Opera or something.
posted by PhatLobley at 7:49 PM on December 13, 2007


It may be ancient, but it's the first time I've seen it.

That's the Interweb for ya.
posted by bwg at 7:52 PM on December 13, 2007


Well, ancient as in "2002". Okay, sorry; thanks for posting it, I loved it the first time I saw it and I still do.

I just shovelled a foot of freaking snow is all. Don't mind me.
posted by yhbc at 7:55 PM on December 13, 2007


You know, the song White Christmas is so... short! In just about any other pop song, the totality of White Christmas would only serve as the first verse. It's one verse, sung twice. I've often imagined that Irving Berlin might've knocked it off in, what, 10, 20, 30 minutes writing time? And the money it's made! Nice job, Irving!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:56 PM on December 13, 2007 [4 favorites]


Charming doo wop version of the song, by the way. Who is that?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:58 PM on December 13, 2007


Uh - it was Santa and his Reindeer. Didn't you watch it?
posted by yhbc at 8:01 PM on December 13, 2007 [5 favorites]


Sounds like Bing Crosby to me, but I'm often wrong.
posted by HyperBlue at 8:04 PM on December 13, 2007


Who is that?

It's The Drifters.
posted by amyms at 8:04 PM on December 13, 2007


Speaking of not those not celebrating Christmas -- this and a few other well known Christmas songs were written by Jews
posted by cubby at 8:05 PM on December 13, 2007


Then it sounds like Johnny Mathis kicks in for the second verse.
posted by HyperBlue at 8:05 PM on December 13, 2007


No snark intended, yhbc -- I just meant to say that I agree that it's old by web standards, yet funny I've never seen it before.

I loved it; it made me smile.

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posted by bwg at 8:09 PM on December 13, 2007


That was a nice version of the song. I'd like to know its origins, too.

Weird Internet time dilation phenomenon: I would think nothing of a friend recommending a book or a movie that was ten or twenty years old. But to see a new (to me) Flash Christmas cartoon from 2002 makes me think I've Missed Something.

I fear this is symptomatic of a larger problem, but can't quite put my finger on it.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:09 PM on December 13, 2007 [2 favorites]


My favorite GenXmas song is still only a short google away, Yay! Bell Roooock Jingle, Bell Roooock Jingle...

So, uh, yeah, uh, like. merrychristmas.
posted by HyperBlue at 8:11 PM on December 13, 2007


*gets out the bullhorn*

It's The Drifters' classic doo-wop version of the song, and the cartoon is by Joshua Held. More info here.
posted by amyms at 8:13 PM on December 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


Very cute animation, and a nice cover to boot.

But I'm afraid that whenever I read "Christmas" and "flash" together in a fpp, I flash back to this and no amount of heavily-spiked egg nog can soothe the pain.
posted by maryh at 8:14 PM on December 13, 2007


2002 was a good year for flash christmas.
posted by tellurian at 8:50 PM on December 13, 2007


Phear Santa!
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 8:56 PM on December 13, 2007 [4 favorites]


Wait...this isn't crap?
posted by Monstrous Moonshine at 9:01 PM on December 13, 2007 [1 favorite]


It seems like crap to me. I'm confused by the positive responses upthread.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 9:16 PM on December 13, 2007 [2 favorites]


Oh! maryh, that was wonderful. Thank you.
posted by tellurian at 9:19 PM on December 13, 2007


happy life day everyone!
posted by maus at 9:42 PM on December 13, 2007


Nice to see that the most important rule of Jazz versions of Christmas tunes crossed over to classic R&B -- all tunes must end with a "Jingle Bells" quote.
posted by Ranucci at 9:46 PM on December 13, 2007


So this is the great MetaFilter e-card exchange?
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:46 PM on December 13, 2007


Come All Ye Faithful
posted by homunculus at 9:48 PM on December 13, 2007


Did we really need this?

Did metafilter desperately need to see something that looks straight out of a quaint, fumbling 20-times-forwarded chain email from grandma? Did we need it when countless other insipid holiday messages are being flung at us from every angle in every medium of entertainment?

Really?
posted by tehloki at 10:44 PM on December 13, 2007 [3 favorites]


I like this xmas animation a lil better - also, a helpful reminder!
posted by ethel at 10:53 PM on December 13, 2007


yes tehloki, we do need the fumbling 20-times-forwarded chain email from grandma, because some of us have grandmas who never learned the forward button-

(at least the lucky of us, i guess..)
posted by localhuman at 11:19 PM on December 13, 2007


Well, if my grandma were still alive she'd be forwarding Bill O'Reilly rants and "Why Our Nation Is Christian" manifestos, so a benign flash short of a Drifter's cover is like the Grandma email I always hoped for but never got. It could be a lot worse.
posted by maryh at 11:28 PM on December 13, 2007


I really think the title of this post should have been FW: FW: FW: FW:
posted by itchylick at 11:44 PM on December 13, 2007


Maybe Grammy would have been a happier woman if she'd followed homunculus's link!
posted by maryh at 11:46 PM on December 13, 2007


The key word in the post is might.
posted by chillmost at 12:09 AM on December 14, 2007


The key word in the post is might.

Exactly. I knew some would like it, and I also knew some would feel compelled to piss all over it if they didn't.

Welcome to MeFi.
posted by bwg at 12:24 AM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Thanks mom.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 5:22 AM on December 14, 2007


I'm not going to open it for another 12 11 days.
posted by Pollomacho at 5:37 AM on December 14, 2007


Happy Solstice!
posted by MrLint at 5:45 AM on December 14, 2007


Hadn't seen this for a couple of years, and I'm delighted to see it again. The Drifters were one of the best groups ever, and this animation is beautifully done (I love the little grin on Santa's face as he listens to the raindeer soloist: "Yeah, baby, you've got the spirit!"). Thanks for the post.

It seems like crap to me.

You might want to look under the sofa cushions for your soul.
posted by languagehat at 6:03 AM on December 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


What a great version of the song! Thanks!

maryh - I knew what that other Christmas flash thing was going to be before I even clicked on it, and I hate you for reminding me that it exists. Pass the eggnog, please.
posted by naoko at 6:46 AM on December 14, 2007


I was all ready to hate this (one link, flash thing). But I was wrong. Loved it. Great song, great animation. A+++ will definitely be forwarding on...
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 7:00 AM on December 14, 2007


Hey, I'm all out of piss. Can I pour vinegar on it?


seriously. It gave me the warm-fuzzies. thanks.
posted by Parannoyed at 1:25 PM on December 14, 2007


The Drifters' version of White Christmas has been one of my all-time favorites for a very long time* and I thought the animation was adorable. Thanks!

*right behind Judy Garland's Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas which she delivers in such a heartbreaking, haunting manner.
posted by LeeJay at 2:20 PM on December 14, 2007


That was unexpectedly awesome.
posted by crickets at 2:53 PM on December 14, 2007


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