Skip to comments.ĎA Christmas Story 2 goes straight to DVD
Posted on 08/13/2012 11:40:33 AM PDT by Kartographer
In case you're clearing out your ears, the 1983 holiday classic "A Christmas Story" has, in fact, been made into a sequel.
"A Christmas Story 2" is going straight to DVD and Blu-ray October 30th. And it's available just days before the debut of the Broadway musical based on the original story of little '40s-era Ralphie and his Christmastime woes.
The film sequel follows Ralphie as a teenager. He no longer yearns for a Red Ryder BB gun, but now wants a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible. There are a few things that haven't changed: Triple dog dares, and the fact that the old man -- Ralphie's dad -- is still obsessed with that fishnet-stocking-adorned leg lamp.
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I own the first and, although it has become a Christmas staple at my home and does have some memorable lines and scenes, I am not impressed. The naration, music, and editing are “tv show” quality.
I’m surprised someone made a sequel.
That's part of its' charm.
I saw the first sequel. It was awful.
This must have been dreamed up by the brother of the guy who thought the Pontiac Aztek was a good idea.
I suppose the whole reason for the sequel is to hype the Broadway Play.
Although Jean Shepherd stated that A Christmas Story, was supposed to be an amalgam of childhook experiences not set in any particular year, there are two cues in the movie that pretty much limit it. Wizard of Oz was released in August, 1939, so it would make sense that the use of the characters in a Christmas promotional would have taken place that Christmas or later.
Similarly Ovaltine ceased their sponsorship in January 1940 when Quaker became the sponsor, so it would need to be prior to then.
It was called My Summer Story and came out in 1993.
"The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters" - with Matt Dillon as an older Ralphie? It's a shame that one was so poorly done - that's probably the funniest chapter of the book.
I have that on DVD. I think it stars Charles Grodin as the dad. I have a feeling it would seem a lot better if you’d never seen “A Christmas Story.” It would be a pleasant, nostalgic little movie. But the comparison doomed it to the straight-to-DVD bin.
Here is one mistake they made, however:
“While reading the newspaper at the kitchen table the “Old Man” angrily mentions that the “Sox traded Bullfrog”. This is a reference to long time Chicago White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich, whose nickname was Bullfrog. He pitched during the 1930s and 1940s. Dietrich was never traded from the Sox, he was released September 18, 1946.”
So that’s what became of Ralphie, he became Jason Bourne!
Was Jean Sherman (if he’s even still alive) remotely involved in this??? If so it might have a chance, otherwise I think it will be a great disappoinment.
—That’s part of its’ charm.—
I get that, but I don’t. ;-)
We still quote The Old Man buying oil at the gas station - "Do you want the good stuff or the cheap stuff?" "The cheap stuff. Heaviest you got".
Another neat fact I searched for and found out. Why did the father win a "leg" lamp? The "leg" was the logo for "Nehi" soda (get it? "Knee" high) and the crossword puzzle was a commercial contest for the soda.
So now you know.
Jean Shepherd died in October of 1999.
But the Coonskin hat Vargas is wearing didn’t become popular until Fess Parker played Davey Crockett in the mid 1950’s.
No, I said Matt Dillon, not Matt Damon. Pity, though - that'd make one heck of a YouTube "crossover" fan film. Bourne finally gets his hands on the folder with evidence of his original identity, and there's a picture inside of Peter Billingsley, age 9. Along with photos of Flick and Schwartz, both stamped "Terminated". "NOOOOoooo!!!"
See, that right there is probably better than the dreck they just put on DVD.
***the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story” has, in fact, been made into a sequel. ****
Is this news? I remember seeing OLLIE HOPNOODLE’S HAVEN OF BLISS many years ago on the Disney channel.
Same characters, different actors.
One funny scene is when Ralphie happily gets a work permit. The film immediately cuts to the workers trudging down from METROPOLIS.
Well then expect it to suck...
Jean’s books are great, he wrote some wonderful satire about preteen and teenage as well.. (origional short stories published in playboy, later put into books, just like what became A Christmas Story) but I really doubt they will stay true to the source material.
As I recall Jean Shepherd wrote a series of short stories for Playboy in the 60s (yes, I read the articles!) which featured the Ralphie character and his buddies in high school, complete with teenage angst about girls. I recall the stories being as folksy as The Christmas Story and darn near as funny.
Read the books, they put the movies to shame.
Stories from “In We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” is the backbone of “A Christmas Story” and centers around young childhood.
“Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters” are the young teen years and Puberty.
There are more, but those two are about the fictitious early life that became RALPHIE on the screen.
Another tech/timeline error is that Scut Farkus is shown wearing a coonskin cap. The problem is that Davy Crockett wasn't released until 1955 with the coonskin cap craze sweeping the country after that.
During the tire changing scene you get a brief glimpse of the 1940 Indiana licence plate.
Darren McGavin passed away in 2006.
I imagine that his performance was a little stiff.
Nooooooo thank you.
Don’t mess with perfection.
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