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Ask Movie Slate - Episode 205 - Bad Santa.

Now, how do I explain this one?

From the get go I knew I wanted to draw a ponified version of Bad Santa's main character, Willie Soke, with his jagged Santa beard, the suit, the scruffy facial hair, and
drunk off his ass with a bottle of booze. I wasn't very sure about what I wanted him to be doing, though. My first plan was to draw Movie Slate and Bad Santa Pone both dressed as Santa trying to figure out who's changing their outfit to something different. But then Billy Bob Thorton went on TV and said that he watches My Little Pony and that one of his favorite character is Fluttershy, because she reminds him of Marylin Monroe. I couldn't resist the idea of Willie getting a hold of Fluttershy at some point or another, so I came up with this. Although I think Bad Santa Pone is going to regret making any further advancements, because Fluttershy is likely going to beat him to a pulp. It's weird to give such a scruffy drawing this warm color palette. I guess that was me trying to recreate the atmosphere of the movie, which is very Christmas but it's also very underground and filthy.

"Bad Santa" is one of those movies I've heard about for years but never really got around to watch. It wasn't until Doug Walker did his video on his Overlooked Christmas Specials that I saw a glimpse of what the movie was like, and that was enough to catch my interest. So I went out, got my hands on a copy of the movie, and gave it a watch. I can safely say this is one of the most atypical Christmas movies I've seen, and not just because we follow the story of a drunk self-destructive thief at the end of his rope. It's a movie that takes the mercantilism aspect of Christmas, and sets it on fire alongside with the political correctness and fake scenery that accompany the sell-out aspect of the holiday season. It's a movie that swims in cynicism but it does so without drowning in it and to point out just how cynical Christmas can become. The character of Willie Soke is perhaps one of the most genuine anti-heroes of our time. He's aware at all times of how shitty his life is, what a failure and disappointment he is. He's a drunk, he smokes like a chimney, he has no joy, no friends, and right when he's hitting rock bottom this little kid crashes into his life and changes it completely. This change doesn't make him any softer, but it does aim his anger and destructive tendencies in the right direction. The scene where he punches the ever loving shit out of the bullies is perhaps the most glorious moment of the entire movie. It was the turning point where Bad Santa went from alright Christmas movie to actually pretty excellent Christmas movie.

So the story and the tone are pretty good, and they could carry the movie on their own no problem, but it's clear that Billy Bob Thorton carries the movie like a champ. He was nominated for a Golden Globe and I'm not surprised because he's fantastic in this. So if you're in the mood for something Christmas and you feel like you need to blow off some steam most definitely watch this one. It's satisfying and funny in equal amounts.

I hope you guys enjoy the picture!

You can check Movie Slate's post on Tumblr right here.


You can also check the Making of Post right here.

Please, let me know what you think of it in the comments. I appreciate and every single one I receive.

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heathfiedler Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
OH GOD! xD
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, you can imagine poor Fluttershy's going to have to get out her karate skills.
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heathfiedler Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
Yup, if she can snap a bears neck then fix it.. she can take care of him. xD
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TheNecroCritic Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Weird question: Why are your and Movie Slate's opinions on a given film typically so different from each other?
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
That's actually a pretty good question, actually.

I don't like it when people develop characters only to use them as their mouth pieces. Characters built and developed only so that the creator can have a conduct to spew their thoughts are lazy and uninteresting (an example of this is Bryan from Family Guy, who became insufferable as he slowly turned into a Seth McFarlane puppet). I wanted to avoid doing so with Movie Slate, so that's why I tend to make her opinions so different from mine.

Movie Slate has higher standards than I do, mostly because she was brought up as a hardcore film enthusiast and she thinks she's upholding her father's legacy by being very demanding. So when a film has problems she rather focuses on them instead of seeing the bigger picture. She does love a lot of movies but often enough she'll be critical about them.

I, on the other hand, am easier to please. A movie has to fuck up really hard for me to despise it, and this has unfortunately earned me a rep for having no standards. I just prefer not to hate things because, like the Nostalgia Critic said in his most recent video, hating is just too easy. I prefer to focus on what I find enjoyable and have a good time, rather than being miserable and complain all the time.

About the only thing Movie Slate and I have in common is our love towards "ALIENS", but then again that's a really well put together, award-winning, classic sci-fi masterpiece. It's difficult not to love it.
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Daiskida Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
Well Brian being the mouth piece while Quagmire was turned into the strawman for all the people who hate Brian and Seth in general.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
When it all boils down to mouth pieces arguing with straw men, that's when you know the show has devolved into hand puppets and not actual characters talking to each other. I used to like Family Guy, but looking at it right now it's more depressing than it is funny.
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Lol, that was great, very nicely done.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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GJTProductions Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
And if Fluttershy doesn't beat him up, she'll has friends that gladly will do it in her stead! :D

P.S. Wasn't there a sequel to this movie released a month or so ago?
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I think she'll do good enough. I doubt he'll be able to walk for a few days after she's done beating the ever loving snot out of him.

There is a sequel out, and from what I've heard it's not very good. I should give it a chance when it comes out here, or if I ever watch it on TV maybe. It might be alright.
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BOOOOOOM5 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
Geddit?
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I...don't think I do, no o.o
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1987arevalo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
TRADUCCIÓN AL ESPAÑOL:
¡Oye caballo de la película! ¿Quieres unirte a nosotros? nuestra pequeña fiesta privada?
¿Crees que necesitas que te ayude?
Eso es para toda la vida,Sweetchecks.
"
Ruidos de caballo desacreditado".
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
And now to translate it back into English!

- Hey movie horse! Do you want to join us? Our small private party?
- Do you think you need me to help you?
- That's for a lifetime, Sweetchecks.
- "Discreet horse noises".

Oh for goodness' sake.
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:iconmaverickwolfzx:
E agora para traduzi-lo o portugues!

- Ei cavalo de cinema! Você quer se juntar a nos? Nossa pequena festa privada?
- Achas que precisas de mim para te ajudar?
- É para toda a vida, Sweetchecks.
- "Ruídos discretos do cavalo". 
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JackBlackDE Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wooow so cool!:) (Smile) 
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:iconjamescorck:
jamescorck Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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JackBlackDE Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not at all)
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