Last week, I read a USA Today review of the new Netflix movie titled The Christmas Chronicles. It stars Kurt Russell, one of my favorites, as a wonderfully different Santa Claus.
But I panicked when the review talked about him zooming around in muscle cars. I thought, “Ah, man, they’ve got Santa flying in something like the jet sled in my book BIG E and the SANTA MAN.”
To my relief, Kurt Russell’s radical sleigh still had reindeer pulling it.
Interesting design, but it can’t fly without reindeer like the Big E’s jet sled can.
The closest it comes is when the reindeer are accidentally untethered, and wings pop out to glide it down to safety. Unfortunately, one wing clips a water tower, and the sleigh crashes.
You might notice that the next picture shows a different design than the first one. When the sleigh crashed, the elves rebuilt it, and for some unexplained reason, it came out different. That’s why the USA Today writer referred to muscle cars, not just one.
Yes, that’s Kurt Russell as Santa Claus
Santa’s sleigh also crashed in my book, and because the elves had just one hour, they did urgent repairs that got it flyable, but looking rather makeshift. After Christmas they rebuilt it just like it had been.
Another interesting comparison between The Christmas Chronicles and BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the people who got to ride in the sleighs/sled so central to the task of saving Christmas.
Kurt Russell’s Santa sleigh carries a brother and sister who had discovered it unoccupied while Santa was depositing presents down local chimneys (He doesn’t go down chimneys in this fantasy, but the presents do). The kids climbed in the sleigh and hid in the back. Santa took off without realizing they were there.
In Part 2 of BIG E and the SANTA MAN, two elves get to pilot the jet sled; the oldest elf standing on the seat steering, and the head elf on the floor pushing the accelerator. Deeper into the plot, the old elf gets to fly Santa’s sleigh. One of the cool parts near the ending has him do a buzz dive directly at the bad guy and scare him and his henchmen so bad they run away from Santa’s castle in a frenzied retreat. After that, he was like a folk-hero to the young elves.
Santa’s sack of presents actually factors into the plot of both the movie and my book. When Kurt Russell’s Santa sleigh has its violent crash, the sack is tossed to some unseen place.
But in my story, Santa has lots of sacks of presents and is forced to throw them all out of his sleigh (it’s too long to explain why here). Then, Big E and Santa have to go back in the jet sled to rescue the presents in a race against the villain who’s trying to ruin Christmas.
That’s about it for comparisons between The Christmas Chronicles and BIG E and the SANTA MAN. So let’s talk about Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. This is a good photo of him.
This is not the popular image of a chubby, ruby-cheeked old Santa. In fact, the USA Today review calls him a “real action hero,” and another review on Polygon.com says “Santa is hot.” They also say, “He’s styled as something of a bearded Elvis, introducing himself by saying, ‘Live and in person, one night only.’”
In another twist that makes The Christmas Chronicles unique holiday movie, here we have Santa singing while in a jail cell. You might recognize the tag line as a lyric from the terrific Elvis blues song, “Santa Clause is Back in Town.” The movie soundtrack also includes the Elvis’ classic “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
Kurt Russell is 67 years old, and he is terrific as a bearded older Elvis, but look at this:
Here he is at 28 in front of Graceland in the 1979 made-for-TV movie that appeared on ABC.
Elvis the Movie is available on YouTube if you don’t mind watching it in sections.
The Christmas Chronicles is available on Netflix any time you want to watch it, and I hope you do. It’s a lot of fun, and Kurt Russel is perfect as hot, action hero Santa.
And BIG E and the SANTA MAN is available at Amazon. In my stories Big E is the action hero, and Santa is the willing sidekick.
A strong case could be made that The Christmas Chronicles is the most unusual holiday movie ever made. Well, for three years I have been saying that my book is the most unusual Christmas novel ever written.
And, to make it especially good for you fans, Big E is in it to give you a huge booster shot of Elvis.
If you have no trouble envisioning Elvis as a brave, daring and resourceful hero, then you will like following Big E in his adventures. This guy is cool, and he and Santa make a heck of a team.
You also remember me asking for your help by buying copies of BIG E and the SANTA MAN. I’m happy to report your response was so good that the costs of my blog platform and URL have been covered. Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.
But I don’t see why I should stop promoting my book while there is still time for delivery before Christmas. For one thing, I need to sell seven more books to reach the Amazon threshold for withdrawing my royalty money.
So, could I ask a few more of you to get a copy of my book. It’s a great well-written story, Elvis fans have really liked it, and it costs only ten bucks.
OK, I’m going to do one more last thing about Kurt Russell and Elvis, then hit you with the closing pitch on BIG E and the SANTA MAN.
Many of you already know about this, but for the rest of you, this is young Kurt Russell kicking Elvis in the 1964 movie, It Happened at the World’s Fair.
We’ll end with a pretty low-key final pitch for my book. Maybe just a few more tidbits about what makes BIG E and the SANTA MAN so interesting.
There are no pictures in my book, but this one comes pretty close to depicting the elves that Big E teaches how to play rock and roll. The four little guys form a tight back-up band and rock out with Big E. You’ll love the concert they put on for Santa and Mama Claus the night after Christmas.
The villain in my story resides in a space station hoovering over the North Pole. His henchmen are bad elves that Santa had kicked out for shoddy workmanship on the presents and constant trouble-making. They hold a grudge and are happy to help in a plot to ruin Christmas.
Here is Big E again. Look at his eyes. He’s sending you a telepathic message:
“Buy a copy of this book about me and Santa.
You’ll be glad you did.”
Here’s where to get them:
BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Amazon.com webpage
BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2: Amazon.com webpage
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Note: If anyone knows Clay Kaytis, the director of The Christmas Chronicles, please email him a link to this post.
ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets # 25
Elvis Traffic Lights in Friedberg, Germany:
Here are some clips from a EuroNews video on YouTube.
Friedberg is a town about 2-1/2 miles from Bad Nauheim where Elvis served in the Army. I believe the next picture was taken in Bad Nauheim.
After I cropped this picture, the sign doesn’t appear as large as it really is. I like the way they cut Elvis’ silhouette out of the center of the sign and made a separate stand-up of him. Wonder why they used a Jailhouse Rock outfit. It seems like the uniform from G.I. Blues would be more appropriate.
Young Donald Trump Looked Like Elvis?
At a November political rally in Tupelo, MS, Donald Trump said.
“Tupelo, home of thousands of hard-working American patriots, and the proud birthplace of the king of rock n’ roll, Elvis. Elvis! We love Elvis.”
“I shouldn’t say this, you’ll say I’m very conceited, because I’m not, but other than the blonde hair, when I was growing up they said I looked like Elvis. Can you believe it? I always considered that a great compliment.”
What do you think?
Remember When I Told You About All the Companies that Want to Advertise on ElvisBlog?
This is one of the more recent ones I’ve heard from.
They don’t just do Elvis fashions, but they have dozens of them. Here’s a few that got my attention.
This is the “Elvis Cowboy Prairie Sunset Turtleneck Sweater.” It looks pretty good… until you see the price tag of $249.
If you’re involved in the effort to restore Elvis’ Circle G Ranch, here something for you – “The Cowboy Ranch A-Line Skirt.” Just $89.
This is the art work on another item. I was intrigued with the image of four floating Elvis heads, all with his famous shades, so I saved it for my files. However, on a long-sleeved turtle neck sweater, it looks horrible. Especially at $259.
It’s better on the “Vegas Glam Fringe Satin Scarf.” $149
And finally, we have the “Groovy Afrique Pattern Midi-Dress.” $298
National Cupcake Day is this Saturday Dec 15:
I did a little surfing on Amazon and found these samples of Elvis Cupcakes.
And my favorite:
How Come Bill Clinton Didn’t Award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Elvis?
I published this list a few weeks ago. George W Bush honored two music stars, Barack Obama honored thirteen, and Donald Trump honored Elvis. Notice what name is missing? Bill Clinton. He honored lots of folks in other categories, but no musicians.
I can’t figure out why Clinton didn’t jump at the chance to pick Elvis. During the 1992 Presidential campaign, the press corps started comparing Bill Clinton to Elvis, although the candidate never did this himself. The press even made references to Clinton’s campaign plane as “Air Elvis.”
It has been said that one of the late boosts to Clinton’s campaign in 1992 was when he played “Heartbreak Hotel” on the Arsenio Hall Show.
Elvis and George H. W. Bush:
I didn’t have a good place to post this picture when President George Bush 41 passed away a few weeks ago.
Elvis met George H. W. Bush before he became President. Bush was the Ambassador to the UN when he was the Keynote Speaker at the 1970 awards dinner for the “Ten Outstanding Young Men” by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, or the Jaycees.
George H. W. Bush was Bill Clinton’s opposition in that 1992 campaign. He felt compelled to respond to this linking of Clinton and Elvis, by stating this in a campaign speech:
“Clinton is on all sides of every issue. He’s been spotted more places than Elvis Presley. I guess you’d say his plan really is ‘Elvis Economics’. America will be checking into Heartbreak Hotel.”
Noted Elvis author Greil Marcus contends that an Elvis reference in any politician’s campaign speech is a guaranteed sound-bite on the evening news, although there is no guarantee what the public’s response will be. This quote is said to have lost votes for former President Bush in his re-election campaign:
“I finally figured out why Clinton compares himself to Elvis. The minute he takes a stand on something, he starts wiggling.”
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