The Bloody Olive

The Bloody Olive by Vincent Bal (1996) (Belgium) (10m)

The Bloody Olive is a slick, funny spoof from Belgium (they must really love Santa there), where the comedy deepens as things go from crazy to crazier and then up a notch. Don't try to follow the details of the ever-changing plot too closely - just sit back and enjoy one stupid twist after another! Bal went on to make the succesful TV animated series, Kirka & Bob. The Bloody Olive has English subtitles.


Knick-Knack by John Lasseter (1989) (USA) (3m) *

Six years before he changed cinema with the release of his animated feature Toy Story, John Lasseter made Knick-Knack, which is not explicitly a Christmas short film, but feels like one because it centres on a snowman stuck in a snow globe. Desparate to join the other toys on the fun end of the shelf, our hero employs all manner of tactics to escape his glass surroundings but to little avail. Can he escape his prison?


Treevenge by Jason Eisener (2008) (Canada) (16m)

Treevenge is a Christmas comedy horror co-written by Jason Eisener and Rob Cotterill, who had recently made the fake trailer for Hobo With A Shotgun as part of Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse experiment. They went on to actually make a feature film called Hobo With A Shotgun, which says something about something. Treevenge is a Triffids-inspired short movie where the ill-treated Christmas trees take their bloody revenge...

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