White Christmas

I know that May 29 may seem as an odd day to write a post about a Christmas movie. However, on May 29, 1942 the classic song White Christmas was recorded by Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers, and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra. This song would go on to become the best selling single in history. Irving Berlin’s classic song became a hit with the movie White Christmas in 1954.

Bob Wallace and Phil Davis are old army buddies. The two have spent their time since World War II ended performing in night clubs becoming well known performers. One night they make the acquaintance of two sisters. Judy and Betty Haynes end up taking Phil and Bob to Vermont with them to perform at an inn. Upon arriving at the inn they learn that their old army leader is running it. Sadly, the inn is not doing as well as they hoped. Learning that the man who they called Major General is falling upon financial ruin they decide to do something special. They start up a show to be performed around Christmas time. The two contact their friends at the Ed Sullivan Show in order to get their friends from the army up to Vermont. However, things go awry when Phil and Judy reveal a fake engagement in order to convince Bob and Betty to get together. This backfires with Betty accepting a job elsewhere leaving a distressed Judy and Phil to tell a furious Bob.When Bob heads down to the Ed Sullivan Show in New York in order to do his broadcast he contacts Betty who tells him that it was a fake engagement. Betty tells Bob that she will stay. When Bob does make his announcement, Phil and the staff make sure that the Major is no where near the television. After this Bob heads back to Vermont to organize the surprise with no Betty. When Christmas Eve approaches all of the members of the Army unit Phil and Bob were in they arrive. The Major is surprised and overwhelmed with joy at the presence of  the men in his former unit. He tells them that he is grateful for them as this will be a Christmas Eve he will never forget. In the meantime, Betty arrives back in Vermont only to win over Bob’s heart again as they perform a dance together. As do Phil and Judy as the curtain closed to the classic song White Christmas.

It is sometimes hard to believe that a Christmas song is the best selling single in history. On May 29, 1942 this song was recorded by Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers, and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra. Irving Berlin’s classic song became a hit in the cinemas in 1954 in a movie by the same name of White Christmas.

Kiki’s Delivery Service

A young girl accompanied by a black cat is flying on her broomstick over a city with seagulls surrounding her. To the right is the film's title and credits.Phil Hartman was quite the comedian. This inspiring comedian passed away on Mary 28, 1998 in a murder homicide. Although, his life was cut short, he is still remembered for his talent. In the 1998 anime film Kiki’s Delivery Service he voiced the character of Jiji for the English version.

Kiki is a witch who heads off to the city to complete her training. After saying good-bye to her parents, she and her cat Jiji head off. Upon arriving in the city, she is astounded by the people around her. Many of them are in shock to see a witch, while others are amazed. She finds a place to stay with a baker, Osono. In order to pay for her room and board, Kiki delivers the baked goods. While doing this she makes a friend out of lonely artist Ursula. One day, Kiki finds that her magic is fading due to the stress of her delivery service. When she realizes that she could lose her magic powers forever she consults Ursula. When she hears the story about Ursula’s artist block, she decides to take a break from magic for a bit. All of that comes to an end when a boy, Tombo ends up in danger in the sky. Tombo has been an annoying boy who has a crush on Kiki. Finding the courage in herself, Kiki borrows a broom flying to Tomboy saving him from death.  When Kiki lands she is applauded for her bravery. Feeling confident, Kiki continues on with her training alongside Jiji and the new friends she has made.

Phil Hartman may not have been the original voice of Jiji in Kiki’s Delivery Service. But, his voice is heard loud and clear in the English dub. On May 28, 1998 the world lost a fantastic comedian in Phil Hartman when he passed away. He is still remembered today as an inspirational comedian who is still beloved by many.