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CT05 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
CT05 Title
Air Date November 20, 2008
AKA Santa Claus Defeats the Aliens
Movie Director Nicholas Webster
Year 1964
Cast John Call, Leonard Hicks, Vincent Beck, Bill McCutcheon, Pia Zadora
Preceded by Legacy of Blood
Followed by Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks

The Movie

Synopsis

Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth that extol the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa. While on Earth, they kidnap two children, who lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him. When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness, and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars.[1]

Information

The movie had been used by Mystery Science Theater 3000 as Experiment #321. Occasional reference is made to this.

The Episode

Strange Interludes

Prologue: Walk to the theater It's Christmas at the complex! An administrator (played by Dave (Gruber) Allen) discusses the team's RSVPs for the (mandatory) holiday party and Trace runs panicking at the name of the movie.

Interruption 1: Joel's present exchange Joel starts handing out cool gifts until Josh questions if they are "really two dimensional silhouettes of really awesome presents."

Quotes & References

  • Trace:"You don't get the Arnold Leeds, those are for closers!"

This is a reference to Glengarry Glenn Ross about the desirable "Glengarry leads".

  • Joel: "Animation by Mr. Woopee and the 3DBB!"

Phineas J. Whoopee is a college professor and known as "The Man with All the Answers" by Tennessee Tuxedo and his pal Chumley. His lectures were illustrated and animated on the Three Dimensional Blackboard (3DBB for short), that he would retrieve out of an avalanche of junk from his overstuffed hallway closet.

  • Trace: "In the skies over North Vietnam, a young John McCain dreams of the presidency. Distracting him for only a moment as an interceptor missile STREAKS TOWARD HIS AIRCRAFT! OH MY GOD! AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"

Trace is referring to the incident when military pilot John McCain (later a US Senator and Presidential candidate) was shot down during a mission over Vietnam.

  • A refueling plane flies away from a bomber. Trace: "Wait! You forgot President Harrison Ford!"

Trace is likening the scene to a slightly more plot-essential one in Air Force One.

Video Release

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