Anyone up for some more reindeer games and finding the storyform for another Holiday Comedy using the “Genre approach” used to analyze Elf?
Fred Claus is a favorite of mine (we watch it as we decorate our tree every year) but as a newbie I can find “evidence” to support several different Storyforms. However, I’d really like to try Jim Hull’s genre-al approach so here’s my attempt:
“Feeling” (Internal/External/State/Process) = Internal (judging others as “good” or “bad”)
Overriding trend for Holiday Comedy: OS= Psychology; MC= Universe
-OS: tons of dysfunction in the Claus Family, Mom chides Fred to be “more like his brother” St. Nicholas who is deemed “good”(unfortunately SO good that it’s a bad thing at least for Fred)
-MC: Fred needs money for latest business scheme but has to go to North Pole and work for his brother Santa to get it.
Start/Stop: light/heavy : surmountable/overhwhelming
This story feels a bit heavier to me. The odds feel overwhelming given how ruthless the antagonist (Clyde) is. He’ll do anything to close down Santa/North Pole. But that leads to a stop story which made me wonder if Fred’s issue is centered on changing the way he thinks about Santa. He needs to stop being angry at his brother?
I can see Mind being Fred’s area of conflict (see below for points on Fred being steadfast) as he sees all kids as good…they just have messed up parents that cause the kids to be angry, confused, etc. Fred shows this while repossessing the little girl’s big screen TV. He describes what her life could be life if she stops watching TV so much in her room and then he tells the parents to stop using the TV as a babysitter because it’s making their daughter mean (she kicked Fred).
That line of thinking puts IC (Santa) in Universe which is shown by the untimely evaluation of the North Pole’s efficiency.
RS would be in Physics and I see potentially a hand-off Fred/Santa and Fred/Elves(?). Many of the physical activities involve Santa putting Fred in charge of managing the naughty/nice list (sprinkling the doo-dads on the cookies), but there is also the big scene when Fred puts DJ Donny into the closet for playing the same song and then he gets all the elves to forget their responsibilities and dance to the song Fred picks. Fred/Santa go at each other: snowball fight
Fred seems steadfast to me. He believes all kids are good at the beginning and even finally sees himself as good when he decides to go back to the North Pole and be the best big brother like he had promised when Nicholas was born. Santa changes to see that all kids are good and deserve a gift at Christmas. He apologizes to Clyde and gives him the Superman cape he should’ve given him as a kid. Santa sees that Clyde was “bad” because he was bullied and teased because he wore glasses as a kid.
Other Drivers: Success/Good
Now we skip to the problem:
To me the resolution is when Fred decides to return to the North Pole and be an awesome Big Brother by overcoming his fear of flying and delivering all the presents in Santa’s place. Everyone now sees Fred’s “goodness” and he sees it in himself as well.
I’ll stop here as I have no idea if the above is even remotely correct or close. I’m stumped on the problem and can start confusing myself by thinking maybe OS=mind as everyone seems to have a problem with being stuck with their thoughts about good vs. bad; human vs elf love/attraction(Charlene/Willie); siblings of famous people (support group); Fred’s view of Santa (he tells Sam “Slam” that Santa is a Meglamaniac and then later reverses this attitude when he visits Sam in the orphanage).
Back to my original question: Anyone want to help me sort out the storyform on this movie?