Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972) (part 9 of 11)

The bird tells Pauli Girl to hop on his back, and since this effect was way outside the budget, we immediately cut to Butterface looking smiley and happy. The Drive Thru Speaker version of Mrs. Mole returns to say that she and ODB were “disappointed to have her leave so suddenly! But after talking it over, we realized just how much we had been asking of the little girl!” And then they realized everything was completely their fault, and Pauli Girl, being the implied hero of this movie, could not be blamed for anything.

Then we cut to Mr. Bird flying with Pauli Girl on his back. This scene takes on distinct Ed Wood-like quality when we realize that the “flying” effect is actually just them in front of a plain white background with a fan blowing on them. The Ed Wood tribute continues when the Drive Thru Speaker, Pauli Girl, and Mr. Bird all start talking at the same time.

The Drive Thru Speaker says Pauli needed to be with her own kind, Pauli Girl comments on how beautiful the world is, and the Bird says, “I know a field not far from here! It’s the Kingdom of the Flower Children! Perhaps you’ll like—” and the rest of his line is abruptly cut off. That figures.

Caption contributed by Albert

“Oh yeah… ride me baby… just like that…”

“Are they young?” Pauli Girl asks. “Do they look like me?” Are they cute? Are they rich? Mr. Bird says, “We will see!”

Then, suddenly, there’s a flashback to Aging Bostonian Spinster sitting in Janine Turner Witch’s cave. We hear Pauli Girl’s voice now coming through the Drive Thru Speaker, and telling us about how her spinster mom never knew what she was getting into when she went to see the witch. Wait, is Pauli Girl now flashing back to stuff that happened before she was even born? How is that possible?

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Multi-Part Article: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)

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