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TED

Blowmolds in a cheesy movie!

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Hey everybody!  Sorry I haven't checked in here on the blowmolds forum in a while.   I'm embarrassed to admit this to you guys but I watched a cheesy Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel.  There were a lot of blowmolds in the movie and something funny happened with some of them.  This was not the main plot of the movie but in the movie there were 4 guys who were friends.  They met regularly at Marc's house because he was the only one in the group who was single and lived alone.  The first time you see the 4 guys together they were watching a ball game on TV.  One of the 4 was wearing a Santa hat.  (Of course that guy's name was Ted.)  Marc was kind of a scrooge and refused to decorate his house or yard even though everyone else on his street did.  He even refused to let his neighbors decorate his yard for him.  One day Marc finds a Santa with Puppies blowmold in his front yard.  He is annoyed so he snatches it up and puts it out on the curb.  (This repeats a couple of times.)  Later in the movie he finds the Santa back in his yard joined by a TPI snowman.  He snatches them both up and puts them out on the curb.  He goes over and accuses his next door neighbor of putting them in his yard but the neighbor denies it.  Next he finds the Santa and Snowman back in his yard again joined by a reindeer. which is raised on a stake.  (It's the type of reindeer that belongs with a Santa in his sleigh set.)  He snatches the reindeer up out of the ground and starts to take it to the curb but then he sighs and says, "Oh, what's the use!?".  Then he pushes it back into the ground.   Near the end of the movie he runs into Ted who asks, "so how are Santa and his reindeer getting along?"  Marc is surprised to find out that it was Ted but he's not mad because this is a Hallmark movie so as per the main plot by this time he has met the girl and  gotten over his Scroogeyness.  I give it a 4 out of 5 molds for creative use of blowmolds!

TED

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One of our local secondary on-air channels cycles through the many years of Home Improvement .  Nearly every time one of the Christmas programs airs you can see a variety of blow molds on the roof and at the front door.  I would never have noticed that until I came to this site!

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My wife love these hallmark Christmas movies we watched a new one Saturday and it had a lot of blow mold in back ground. The movie is called two turtle doves. Union gingerbread ( inside bakery), penguins, nutcracker, GFP huge C7 bulbs and candy canes. I think about half Christmas hallmark movie have blow molds in background. 

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