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Ask Movie Slate - Episode 207 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Featuring (from left to right) the characters created by :iconmithosandnai: :iconchaoscroc: :iconsketchysounds: ask-Pun :iconcornerengy:
:iconpandramodo: :iconmechanized515: :iconmad--munchkin: :iconwilizin:

This is a text book example of a picture that somehow, I don't know how, managed to run away from me and just never stopped. What started up as a simple picture spoofing what would've been the set of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" turned into a group shot with as many characters as I could put in while still keeping it consistent with the movie I'm reviewing with Movie Slate. It sucks that I couldn't figure out how to include more characters in here, and I intend to compensate next year by drawing even more, this time without being constrained by the surprisingly small cast of characters this movie has to offer. Then again I think 12 characters is a fairly good amount for a drawing that I finished in extremis and with a rather ridiculous (and self-imposed) deadline.

"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is one of those movies that fall in the same category as "Birdemic: Shock and Terror", "Manos: The Hands of Fate", "The Room" and pretty much anything Uwe Boll has directed. It's considered one of those "so bad it's good" movies for several reasons, mostly because it has so many problems in it, and they combine together in such perfect harmony, that the end result is something that's incredibly awful but also very entertaining. I kind of agree with that mentality, but to me "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is above all those other movies because, unlike them, this one feels like it's got all of its cynicism removed from the get go. There is an aura of innocence floating all over the product that I can't help but find intoxication. That guy they have playing Santa is just so joyful, so happy, but at the same time he's so concerned and worried. The Martians themselves actually have somewhat good motivations. While kidnapping Santa Claus isn't the way to go they are rather reasonable when doing so, and their reasons to do that is for the future and well being of their own children. Hell, even the kids are actually quite good. They're not really interesting, but they never feel out of place. It's like watching a school play put together by kids and their parents, achieving a good balance between charming and awkward, but without cancelling each other out. The awkward moments often lead to charming resolutions, while sometimes charming set ups can end with awkward pay offs.

But in the end I'm actually quite surprised by how much I enjoyed "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians". It's a perfect awful and fun movie that I think anyone should watch during Christmas. Just like "Reefer Madness" it's public domain and you can find it anywhere, even on YouTube. So if you haven't seen it already, stop reading this, go find it, watch it, and then come back and tell me what you think.

I actually enjoyed myself a lot with this one, despite whatever grievances I had with it. If you can't tell, I was inspired by the "Where's Waldo?" books when drawing this one. It was rather heartfelt to bring back the characters of my good friend :iconmithosandnai: for a small cameo. I'm feeling more comfortable drawing them after his passing, and I hope to keep featuring them when it feels right for the movie. Yes, I included them because they are colored green, like the Martians. I'm sure he would've found it funny. I was going to have Diamond Tiara and Pipsqueak as the two kids in the movie, but on the last minute I went with Mary Sue and Mad Munchkin instead. I thought it would be better to have only OCs featured in this picture, no canon ponies. Also one of the kids behaves exactly like a Mary Sue, being perfect and super smart, and since Mary Sue can't be without supervision she dragged Maddie Pony into the freight. Poor Hoover Sweeps is just there in the background sighing and wishing for a better job, hoping there's not much "Totally-not-Asbestos" to clean afterwards. I like the concept of having many characters and their different stories interconnecting and combined in one single picture. It's so much fun!

Now I have to make it bigger next time.

I hope you guys enjoy the picture!

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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
Awesome work. Happy New Year!
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Happy New Year to you as well!

Thank you!
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
My pleasure and thanks!
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
Very cute, nicely done.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Varinki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
I really like the "Definitely not asbestos" joke.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I thought it made sense, since one of the earliest ways to create artificial snow was by using lots and lots of asbestos. Early movie making was fucking insane.
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Varinki Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
Yeah. What about using live ammo for a gunfight?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oClFiO…
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh there's even an earlier example.

When filming "Meet the Feebles", Peter Jackson had this belt-fed machine gun being wielded by one of the characters, and since they couldn't find blanks they used live ammo. Some people are just fucking nuts.
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LordBurn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
Did MS3K do this movie?  I feel like I've seen it, but I don't know where.  Maybe my cousin's terrible Big Chuck and Little John* rippoff show.  Or it could have been Big Chuck itself.

The picture is great.  Every pony that I know is spot on and the picture really pops.  It looks like you enjoyed yourself making it.


*Big Chuck & Little John is also a show akin to MS3K that was filmed in Cleveland, but started like thirty years before.  They did skits between breaks and occasionally interjected their own jokes in the movie.  Look up "Ben Crazy" or "A Certain Ethnic Gentleman" if you're interested in the skits.  (end of long rambling footnote.)
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes they did!

Most people were introduced to it through MST3K, but I actually first watched it without them.

Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun to work on this one, to the point that I'm starting to miss the time when I was working on it.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
*sneaks up in a necromorph costume*
>8)..... *slurp*....
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That would improve this special by several percentages.
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
Ahm gon make all of em whole. Hehe.... >8)
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Maverickwolfzx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
- Shh! This plot is hard enough to follow as it is.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
For a Christmas special starring Santa Claus it is rather complicated to follow, and there's so many cuts to the TV News station reporting about Martians and the Army attacking their spaceships...Like, holyshit, what was this movie's focus?
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it was a dumb, cheesy movie...

But I grew up with it. Therefore it's awesome.
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't grow up with it, but it has become one of my favorite Christmas specials to watch around this time of the year. It's balanced really well when it comes to the bad stuff, but it's just so charm and has so much heart it's impossible for me to hate it.

It is a godawful, terribly made, awkward, and downright awesome movie.
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FireHeartDraws Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha this is awesome ^^ My favorite part is the ( definitely not asbestos joke )  So funny !!!!   It is so wonderful of you to add peoples OC's for the fun, and as a way to combine their stories for a laugh.   You should feel free James, to feature my OC in your artwork anytime you wish. ( I just need to write down a simple overview of her personality so you would know how she could fit ) :P  ( I need to commission you to draw her some day anyway. ^^ )
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!

It seems people enjoyed the asbestos joke more than I expected ^_^

Oh you can count on me adding your OC in future updates, I first have to get used to draw him ;)
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FireHeartDraws Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me know if you ever need the details of her personality sooner, having owned her for 17 years ( soon 18 ) I can give you a clear summary. XD
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That will be helpful.
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FireHeartDraws Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I shall compile a short note for you then, it wont go over any of her story or why she has her traits, it will just give you her personality/attitude etc etc.   I have also updated her Cutie Mark as well.
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mariofan48 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
I find it really pleasant looking at all the different OC's here
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jamescorck Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's all thanks to really good character design, actually. All these OCs are always so much fun to work on.
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