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A Bit Early...Don't Ya Think?

Posted Friday, November 6, 2009, at 12:16 PM

So, I went and watched A Christmas Carol. Not the old versions, but the new motion capture, animated big screen version starring Jim Carrey. I was a bit excited as I tend to enjoy the Christmas Carol story and seeing it in a new animated version would be enjoyable. I was wrong. This flick was rated PG for some frightening images and scary sequences. I have to say it was rather scary for a small child and I'm really glad my 3 year old fell asleep before it got to the crazy scary parts as she would have been not too happy. It was weird as they stayed very close to the book but veered away in the name of fancy computer graphics, so I'm not sure if it was a faithful adaptation or not. What I do know -- it was a bit too scary for the young ones, the computer animated people seemed lifeless except for Scrooge and it was boring. I can't say I'm a fan of this new version of A Christmas Carol and can't really recommend it. Anyways, isn't it too early for movies about Christmas?

I guess not -- as I'm heading full force into helping and planning events for New Year's Eve already. I'm part of the McCook Youth League's First Night program that will be on New Year's Eve. I'm putting on a street dance outside of Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions and am working on getting that all put together. Should be a fun time for the whole family and we are planning on having a few classes of students at Spotlight performing as well as offering some free photography sessions at Divine Productions throughout the dance. I'm working on putting some other events together at our dance and would like your input. Want to see a dance off competition? Maybe have some other contests throughout the night? Let me know what you think in the comments.

And I guess I really shouldn't be complaining about how early A Christmas Carol is coming out as I am also gearing up for a new Quick Takes event at Divine Productions that is Christmas themed. Quick Takes are free sessions with print packages starting at ultra low prices. It's a great way to get some pictures taken for Christmas! We are busy getting things together by setting up a Christmas tree and wrapping fake presents. Thankfully, stores that carry Christmas items are already stocking them so I can get some of this stuff to set up our theme.

So I guess it's really not that early...just good planning right? right? Maybe I should apply that good planning towards buying presents instead of waiting till the last minute.


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I can't say I was looking forward to the new A Christmas Carol movie. It has to be the 12092nd retelling of that story, so I didn't figure it'd have much new besides an increased special effects budget, as well as CGI Jim Carrey, which I'll admit sounds cool. Thanks for the warning, though.

A dance-off would be fun. Not outside during this time of the year, but it would be nice to watch inside.

Speaking of good early planning, any exciting plans for the 3rd annual Game On Christmas party?

-- Posted by bjo on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 1:14 PM

Exciting plans for the 3rd annual Game On Christmas party are not started. We actually really enjoy how we've done it in the past and will probably stick to the same formula. I'm assuming you enjoy it as well and will be attending again?

I think we are gonna plan on a dance-off. I always enjoy them and if we announce it before hand, people can prepare something - that should make it interesting. I can't say much about the whole First Night program except that I have been working with Shane Hilker and Brett Neverve to help put it on and am excited about a new possibility to be announced soon if it becomes a reality - and this should help out your ability to watch inside.

-- Posted by cdame on Fri, Nov 6, 2009, at 11:28 PM


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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.