Since we spent some of yesterday evening getting the house ready for Christmas and decorating, it seemed like a good time to post this ad for The Muppet Christmas Carol! I don’t know if I ever actually saw this movie as I’ve long been a fan of the ooold school classic version of Christmas Carol, but I plan on remedying that this holiday season.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is officially my favorite Christmas song. It’s also the one standard that’s been in my life the shortest period of time. Somehow, I have no recollection of this song before hearing Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell sing it in 2003’s Elf. I was instantly hooked and not just because of my (at that time) newfound lady crush Ms. Deshanel. I did a little research (ie typed the song’s title in over at Wikipedia) and found out the song was written by a guy named Frank Loesser back in 1944 to sing with his wife at holiday parties. He eventually sold it to MGM and they used it in a 1949 movie I’ve never heard of called Neptune’s Daughter. Since then tons and tons of people have taken a crack at singing this duet. I did some searching on YouTube and here are a few of my favorite renditions.
Zooey & Will in Elf.
Rainn Wilson & Selma Blair switch gender roles in this Gap video from 2008 that I don’t remember.
Ha, looks like the whole gender switch thing was done first in Neptune’s Daughter in this clip starring Red Skelton & Esther Williams.
Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews. This video is weird, like something out of Twin Peaks.
Lady Antebellum last year on Today. Skip to about 1:25 for the actual song.
This one’s only audio and pictures, but you can’t go wrong with Dean Martin & Martina McBride.
Rudolf Nureyev & Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show (again, switching the parts) in the steam room.