National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation was one of only two Christmas movies released by major studios in 1989. (The other was Prancer.) Though it received a “mixed to positive” reception from critics, it opened at #2 at the box office, and has gone on to be considered a modern Christmas classic by fans and critics alike.
If you’re like most Christmas movie fans, you’ve seen Christmas Vacation more times than you can remember. But you can find new appreciation for it with these fun, behind-the-scenes facts.
(All facts via IMDB. All GIFs via GIPHY.)
Mae Questel, who plays Bethany, was the original voice of Betty Boop.
Chevy Chase broke his pinky finger while filming the scene where he punches the decorations
The pickup truck that tailgated the Griswolds was previously used as Kurt Russell’s work truck in the 1987 movie, Overboard
And the neighbors’ house was also previously used in all four Lethal Weapon movies
In fact, the neighborhood scenes were shot on a Warner Brothers backlot. The same one used for the TV show, The Middle
Frank Capra III was Assistant Director of the movie. His grandfather, Frank Capra, directed another holiday classic: It’s a Wonderful Life
Diane Ladd, who plays Chevy Chase’s mother, is only eight years older than he is
Randy Quaid is a relative of Gene Autry, whose version of “Here Comes Santa Claus” appears in the movie
What’s your favorite scene from Christmas Vacation?