Neil Patrick Harris has discovered a link between How I Met Your Mother and his new film 8-BIT Christmas. For the entire 208-episode run, Harris portrayed whisky-swilling lothario and breakout character Barney Stinson. The series followed starry-eyed romantic Ted Mosby searching New York City for his future wife. As a framing device, Mosby tells his children about the events that eventually led him to meet and marry their mother in 2030.
The series received widespread acclaim and popularity, propelling Harris. Who was previously best known as the child star of Doogie Howser, M.D., to even greater fame. 8-Bit Christmas. His new film, tells the story of a ten-year-old boy in the 1980s. Harris portrays a grown-up version of the film’s younger protagonist. Speaking to his daughter in the present and telling her a Christmas story from his childhood.
The framing devices used in 8-Bit Christmas have a lot in common and HIMYM is pointed out to Harris in an interview with Cinema Blend. The actor doesn’t notice the connection at first, but he agrees once he does.
“That’s hilarious! That had never occurred to me. That’s hilarious. I took it in a Christmas Story narrator mode, but you’re correct. With a voiceover adult talking to children about a past story.”
Winslow Fegley, June Diane Raphael, and Steve Zahn star in the film, released on HBO Max on November 24th. Harris’s comparisons to A Christmas Story are apparent, with screenwriter Kevin Jakubowski undoubtedly influenced by the 1983 Christmas comedy classic. After the television films, The Christmas Wish (1998) and The Christmas Blessing (2005) and his appearance in 2011’s A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, 8-Bit Christmas will be Harris’s fourth-holiday film.
With streaming platforms playing a more prominent role in film and television production. And a plethora of holiday films to choose from. Harris is likely to want to watch more Christmas movies in the future. Harris could return for a sequel, giving HBO Max a holiday franchise, depending on how well 8-Bit Christmas does. For the time being, fans of How I Met Your Mother can enjoy Harris’ performance in the Christmas film. As well as the structural similarities, the film offers.