Movies for Christmas: Ernest saves Christmas – 9 December
Ernest Saves Christmas stars Jim Varney as Ernest P. Worrell who is tasked with trying to help Santa Claus finding his successor before Christmas comes. If he fails then Christmas will disappear. One of the joys of an Ernest movie is the huge number of different costumes he has. With a great performance by Douglas Seale as Santa who portrays the jolly old St Nick in a great way. Ernest saves Christmas might not have been a success when it came out but it did establish a cult following since its release.
Synopsis: When Santa Claus decides to retire and pass on his magic bag of Christmas surprises to a new Saint Nick, he enlists the aid of a hilarious assortment of characters. A perky teen runaway and hapless taxi driver Ernest P. Worrell must convince a skeptical kiddie-show host to take over the post of Father Christmas.
More on Ernest P. Worrell
Ernest P. Worrell is a fictional character portrayed by American actor Jim Varney in a series of television commercials, and later in a television series (Hey Vern, It’s Ernest!) as well as a series of feature films. Ernest was created by the Nashville advertising agency Carden and Cherry and was used in various local television ad campaigns. The only national products he promoted were Coca-Cola, Sprite, TaB, Mello Yello, Chex, and Taco John’s. The first Ernest commercial, filmed in 1980, advertised an appearance by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at Beech Bend Park, an amusement park near Bowling Green, Kentucky. The format of the commercials seldom varied. The rubber-faced Ernest, almost always dressed in a denim vest and baseball cap, appeared at the door of an unseen and unheard but seemingly unwilling neighbor named Vern. The spots were structured in a way to allow the viewer to be “Vern”, as Varney looked directly in the camera whenever Vern was addressed. Ernest’s seemingly pointless conversations with Vern – which were actually a monologue due to Vern never responding – inevitably rambled around to a favorable description of the sponsor’s product, followed by his signature close, “KnowhutImean?” While Vern is never shown to ever say anything, it is implied that he finds Ernest to be an unwelcome pest due to him trying to slam his door in Ernest’s face on a few occasions. Vern also shakes his head “No” whenever Ernest invites him to do something. Ernest, despite having good intentions, is utterly oblivious to Vern’s apparent distress regarding him and always regards Vern as his closest buddy and confidant. (source: wikipedia)
Fun facts: There are 6 Ernest movies including Ernest saves Christmas –
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