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The Christmas Spirit

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You want folksy? We’ve got folksy. You want old-timey Christmas? Buddy, we’re soaking in it. The Christmas Spirit is chock full of that homespun Americana yesteryear type stuff, with additional splashes of boyhood sadness, ponies, and a man whose bushy eyebrows threaten to overtake his face.

The Christmas Spirit is set some time in The Past, an ambiguous era full of prairie dresses, wool caps, and men wearing wide ties too short to reach their belly buttons. The story centers on two young brothers obsessed with ponies - it’s boys who famously adore ponies, right? - and the gruff old man they rent the ponies from. Turns out the gruff old man is gruff because his son died. Bet you feel bad about judging him for his gruffness now, don’t you? Well you should!

The great drama of the short is that the older boy may have to settle for a slightly inferior pony to the pony he really wants for Christmas. Can you imagine anything sadder?? Trust us, the gruff old man can. And so can his eyebrows.

Join Mike, Kevin and Bill and spend a little time in the disturbing Norman Rockwell painting that is The Christmas Spirit!

Written by: Mike Nelson, Conor Lastowka, Sean Thomason, Jason Miller, and Zach Shatzer


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Poster art by Jason Martian
Poster art by Jason Martian

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Average: 9.5 (31 votes)

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Movie Decade

Release date

December 8, 2023


23 minutes
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