Earlier in the week, I blogged about the movie Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a venerable and, in my opinion, overly-maligned Christmas film that’s gotten a rep for being one of the worst holiday movies of all time.
Later on, I was putting together a Christmas video playlist, and wanted to put the theme song from the movie, “Hooray for Santa Claus”, from Al Hirt’s single 45 (45rpm, a single-song vinyl record, for you kids out there … 🙂 It’s what they did in the ’60s, before iPods and such.) The song is a classic. It’s got a surf-rock feel, and Al Hirt just wails on the trumpet parts…It’s my favorite Christmas song of all time.
I was kind of bummed when the only video version I could find on YouTube was set to a Powerpuff Girls video ripped from Cartoon Network…Heresy. So I did what any good video editor/content producer would do: I cut my own version of a music video for posterity.
Well, sort of.
Since I decided that ‘doing it right’ meant cutting a music video to footage from the original movie, I watched it again and … well, things got a bit out of hand. The result is a video mashup that I call ‘Hooray for Santy Claus Conquering the Martians in Under 4 Minutes‘.
Still with me? Good.
It involves a bit of a pre-amble, wherein we meet Kimar, Martian Planetary Leader, and “Chochem”, an 800 year-old Martian mystic who lives in a rocky swamp, dresses in a sack, and looks way to much like something that was George Lucas’ inspiration for Yoda to be a mere coincidence. I mean, sure, it could be a coincidence, just like the establishing shot of the Martian spaceship flying to Earth that doesn’t look anything like the opening shot from ‘Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope’, much.
Remember, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” came out in ’62, so who knows?
Anyway, this was a fun project, and now there is something on YouTube that honor’s both the movie, and the great Al Hirt. My work is finished here.
Merry Christmas, all!