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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Most Bizarre, Kitschiest Holiday Movie Ever-Santa Clause and The Ice Cream Bunny

With Thanksgiving behind us we are firmly in the midst of Christmas mania, and if your like mike you like your Christmas with a hefty dose of sparkly kitsch.

If you are like me you also have a viewing list of films you watch each Holliday.  I don't tend to watch the traditional classics though, unless you consider the 1999 Xmas Story Futurama episode a classic.  Instead I tend to watch oddball things that make me laugh, and if your into kitschy, funny, and just plain weird, there is noting to beat the 1972 film Santa and The Ice Cream Bunny.

Strictly speaking I'm not even sure you can call this thing a film, most kindergarteners with cell phone cameras could make something much better, and more coherent.  Santa and The Ice Cream Bunny is more of a monument to the utterly bizarre, and full warning I am a connoisseur of bad movies and this is perhaps the worst I've seen.  Its also the so bad its good type, in that its side splittingly funny.

Filmed in 1972 it primarily functions as an advertisement for the long gone amusement park Pirates World.  

Pirates World closed in 1975 with the advent of Disney World, and perhaps it was already struggling in 1972, because the glimpses of it seen in the film are hardly impressive.  

The thread bare plot of the film, is that a badly costumed Santa's sled gets stuck in the Florida mud

and an  ever more bizarre parade children, costumed adults and animals try to pull the sleigh free.

For some inexplicable reason, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are also there.

Stuck in the mud Santa starts to tell the children a bizarre third hand story about Thumbelina.   

Its third hand because Santa is telling the story, as it is viewed and imagined by a girl who is spending the day at Pirates World.  This version of Thumbelina features lots of moles, bad paper mache birds, flower children, and production values that have to seen to be believed.

After the story is over the titular Ice Cream bunny finally makes his appearance riding a fire truck, and extracts Santa's sleigh.

The film was so terrible it achieved a sort of underground cult status among connoisseurs of terrible films.  

 Its also been the subject of a RiffTrax commentary.  Rifftrax is a movie parody company that releases comedy audio commentaries of films .  It  you have ever seen the 1990s TV show Mystery Science Theatre Three Thousand

you'll recognize the format and the commentators.   The Rifftrax version is available on Amazon instant video and my husband and I both agree its one of the funnies things we have ever seen.

Even better though, a new Riff Trax live version,  is being released in select theaters this Thursday.   

Im very excited to be going.  The perfect kick of to the Kitschmas season.


  1. This is hilarious! Now (thank god) I don't have to watch the movie!

    1. Oh but it really is funny, it has to be seen to be believed =. The first time I saw it I was truly in shock

      tee hee

  2. An Ice Cream Bunny? Oh I WANTS one of them!!!!!!! Do they come in different flavours?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah
    (who may have not quite understood its a film!)

  3. Now you have me so intrigued on watching this horrible movie! I have never in all my life heard of this till now and from the images above I feel it needs to be in my life lol!

    Such a fun post!

    Liz :)

  4. I love the little display. So quaint, adorable
    Lily & Edward

  5. Some of my friends and I get together to watch bad movies from time to time. Thanks for the recommendation

  6. We have a Christmas DVD that you would love. We watch it every year. Vintage Christmas songs and these black and white video clips. Many of the posters in this post remind me of it.

  7. It does look like it would be interesting fun to watch!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  8. Those photos are oldies but goodies!

  9. Wow, just wow! I've seen some kitschy films in my life, but this takes the (fruit)cake for sure!

    Thanks for the fun post, lovely Kate. I hope that December is off to a fantastic start for you guys!

    ♥ Jessica


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