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The Story Continues: Sequels Spun from Your Favorite Holiday Classics

By: Jennifer Gilbert on December 24, 2013 at 7:44AM Comments (7)
 
Details were recently released about tentative plans for a sequel to the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life, with a release date slated for November or December 2015. I think we can all agree that some movies just don't need sequels (including a certain movie starring James Stewart).
 
What would happen, though, if other holiday classics got the sequel treatment? 
 
Spoiler (not really) warning: Sequels are never as good as the originals.
 
A Christmas Carol
 
 
The Original: Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future to show him the error of his ways, leading him to embrace the holiday and realize there is more to life than making money.
 
The Sequel: Ebenezer Scrooge goes to Hollywood! After ruining his business by giving away too much money, Scrooge decides to pack up and start over in the United States. Thanks to a tip from his nephew, Scrooge heads to California, setting up the most successful bank of the gold rush. He makes more money than he ever did in England, plus he gets to enjoy all that California sunshine. 
 
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
 
 
The Original: The Grinch tries to ruin Christmas for all the Whos of Whoville by stealing their gifts. When the Whos all gather to celebrate the holiday despite the disappearance of all the holiday trimmings, the Grinch learns the true meaning of the season.
 
The Sequel: After his heart grew three sizes that day, the Grinch becomes so enamored with Christmas that he opens his own Christmas shop in Whoville, featuring toys, ornaments and holiday gifts year-round. As a way to say thank you to the Whos who showed him such kindness, the Grinch decides to open extra early the day after Thanksgiving and put all the items in his store on sale so everyone in Whoville can get what they need for the holiday season. His sale is such a success that other businesses in Whoville decide to open early the day after Thanksgiving the following year, with more businesses opening earlier and earlier each year. Thus begins the tradition of Black Friday. 
 
Miracle on 34th Street
 
 
The Original: Kris Kringle becomes a last-minute replacement for the Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and ultimately becomes the store's Santa for the season. Kris believes he really is Santa Claus, leading to a trial about his mental health that ultimately rules that he is indeed Santa.
 
The Sequel: After getting proof from the federal government that Santa Claus does indeed exist, little Susan Walker grows up determined to prove that all the other stories her mother told here were fairy tales are in fact true. As an adult, Susan becomes obsessed with proving the existence of the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, among other childhood tales. After getting caught sneaking into a random child's bedroom to wait for the Tooth Fairy's arrival, Susan ends up in the same mental hospital Kris Kringle was put in when she was a child.
 

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  • Dec 26th 2013 1:03PM

    Anonymous601  said...

    I wonder how Hollywood will pull off a sequel to "It's A Wonderful Life" and who they'll get to fill the "shoes" of Jimmy Stewart.

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  • Dec 26th 2013 2:54PM

    fandad1960  said...

    We'll have to wait and see

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  • Dec 26th 2013 12:58PM

    Anonymous601  said...

    How about sequels to A Christmas Story, White Christmas, and Holiday Inn, along with a reboot of the Home Alone series?

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  • Dec 26th 2013 2:54PM

    fandad1960  said...

    There's already a sequel to A Christmas Story but a Home Alone reboot would be cool

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  • Dec 24th 2013 10:46AM

    fandad1960  said...

    I'm having trouble picturing Susan being put in a hospital after being caught waiting for the Tooth fairy to show up. However, I can picture the Grinch "inventing" Black Friday

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  • Dec 26th 2013 7:06AM

    erodriguez1979  said...

    Word

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  • Dec 26th 2013 7:07AM

    fandad1960  said...

    Yeah

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