Niagara Gazette

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November 25, 2013

CITY DESK: Gobble, gobble, get a grip

Niagara Gazette — They are killing me. Absolutely killing me.

First “It’s A Wonderful Life” and now the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Is nothing sacred anymore?

In case you missed it, some mean-old-Mr.-Potter types announced plans to produce a sequel to arguably one of the greatest films of all time. That’s right, somebody actually thought people would enjoy “It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story.” 

Not sure if the plan called for George Bailey to have a pistol-packing, vigilante son or what, but any attempt to top one of the great American Christmas classics surely would have gone the way of other less-than-spectacular follow-up attempts in the vain of “After Mash” or “Grease 2.” 

Some things are sacred, better left as is. “It’s A Wonderful LIfe” is certainly one of them. 

There’s no need for “The Rest of the Story” because the original is so darn good it has been watched and re-watched by most of America for decades. 

In our house, it is a Christmas-season staple, must-see viewing, right up there with that other treasured “Christmas Story,” the one with the “you’ll-shoot-your-eye-out” kid. 

I’m giving thanks already for knowing that Paramount — the studio that holds the rights to all things George Bailey and Bedford Falls — has slapped the sequel miscreants with a cease and desist order. That, coupled with the strong backlash from fans like me, appears to have pretty much derailed the worst idea for a follow-up to a classic since George Lucas unleashed those heinous Star Wars prequels on an unsuspecting population of nerds. 

While “Hot Dog!” Bailey may be preserved for future generations, there’s trouble a brewing in New York City as America prepares for its annual late-November feast of Turkey, football and parading. 

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