Trivia / Jingle All the Way

The 1996 film:

  • Actor Allusion: "You can't bench-press your way out of this one!"
  • Colbert Bump: The movie was plugged virtually every time "Arnold" was featured on Live via Satellite on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, keeping its popularity alive longer than it might've been otherwise.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • The Promised Gift (Mexico/Argentina)
    • My Father Has Promised (Turkey)
    • My Father is Turbo Man (Finland)
    • Father in Trouble (Spain)
    • Mission: Christmas Present (Denmark)
    • Turbo Dad (Serbia)
    • A Promise is a Promise (Italy)
    • A Toy Hero (Brazil)
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Myron's monologues were likely this.
  • Life Imitates Art: The film's theatrical run coincided with the craze for Tickle Me Elmo dolls - one of the most notorious Christmas toy crazes in history. Unexpected demand for Tickle Me Elmo lead to shortages and store mobbing like that depicted for Turboman. Taken Up to 11 when a Canadian store clerk was trampled by a crowd after he was spotted handing a crate of Tickle Me Elmo dolls - something specifically depicted in the film.
  • Playing Against Type: Schwarzenegger, to a degree; this is probably the only movie in his career where his build and muscles aren't given some type of display.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: While there are tons of imagery and attitudes throughout the film alone to land this film squarely in this trope (having Phil Hartman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sinbad as your top-billed actors as one), there's the orgy of '90s pop-culture characters that were popular with kids of the era in the "Wintertime Fun" parade sequence near the climax—a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Sonic the Hedgehog, Rock-'em-Sock-'em Robots, The Cat in the Hat, Raggedy Ann, and more obscure characters like The Tick.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Despite its oft-mocked reputation, it has enough of a fanbase for FX to give it the 24-hour marathon treatment during the holidays.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Joe Pesci was initially in mind to play Myron, however they went for Sinbad instead, opting for someone who was closer to Arnold's height.
    • Tim Allen was also considered for the role of Howard if Arnold didn't accept.

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