- Actors: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Billie Mae Richards
- Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Bill Melendez, Evert Brown, Jules Bass, Larry Roemer
- Writers: Jim Lewis, Johnny Marks
- Format: Animated, Box set, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 3
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Sony Wonder (Video)
- Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
- Run Time: 290 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00006RJAM
Holiday DVD 3-Pack: Santa Claus is Comin' To Town/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Frosty the Snowman [Import]
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Christmas has been cancelled! Or, it will be if Santa Claus can't find a way to guide his sleigh through a fierce blizzard. Rudolph to the rescue!
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town: A cheery, delightful story tells how Kris Kringle got his start as the world's most famous gift giver by struggling to bring toys and happiness to the children of Sombertown.
The Little Drummer Boy: In this touching Christmas classic, an evil man kidnaps an orphaned drummer boy. After he escapes, he searches for his camel and finds him at the birthplace of the baby Jesus. Having no gift for him, he gives the only gift he has--a song on his drum.
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The "Frosty the Snowman" disc is an animated cartoon, and the story is driven by the unforgettable song. There is a nice introduction by Arthur Rankin on this DVD, describing the process of creating this gem and what the film meant to the producers and creative staff. There is also an animatorï¿½s pencil test of the film, which shows how the cartoon is made. Unfortunately they did not include the original Frosty sequel, "Frosty's Winter Wonderland". For some strange reason the disc includes a project that was made by another studio and does not look anything like their stuff called "Frosty Returns". It's really poor quality compared to everything else in this set.
The next item is the Animagic blockbuster champion of Rankin/Bass TV specials, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". This is one of the best family holiday films of all time, with great music, action, suspense, comedy, and adventure. The snow monster scared the heck out of me as a kid. What other show dealt with a monster by having a dentist elf pull his teeth? At 40 years old the story holds up very well. This disc is special since it returns the missing scenes and footage that the TV network had cut out over the years, to make more room for commercials. The disc has great supplemental extras too, such as a music video of the alternate song "Fame and Fortune", the original TV trailer, and a trivia game. Also has a neat caption reading alternate version you can use to help your kids with reading. The color and clarity of this disc is so good it looks like it is being played out in your living room. The stop-motion Animagic process predates the computer graphics we have today, and yet looks just as 3 dimensional. I prefer the Animagic; it gives the characters so much life and personality. And you can't help singing along with the wonderful songs; it is amazing how every word comes back to you. Tons of great songs like "Silver and Gold" by Burl Ives! The show is based on the title song that is much older than the show.
The 3rd disc does not have extras, but it has 2 specials making it a great deal. I had purchased one of the shows on VHS last year, "The Little Drummer Boy". If you have a copy in that format, throw it away. I am not kidding; the difference in the quality of the color, picture, and sound is astounding! The new DVD looks like it was filmed yesterday (while my VHS version was so blurry and static and colorless I honestly could not enjoy it). The Vienna Boys Choir performs the title song. This show is a tear-jerker, but well worth watching. By the way, this show had a sequel but it is not on this disc.
Also on the 3rd disc is "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". This is the storyline to show the history of Santa Claus, from a kid to the jolly old elf himself. What an adventure he has, battling the forces of evil to bring toys to the kids. Romance, comedy, mystery, it is all here. The Winter Warlock is still scary to me. And the cast includes Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, & Keenan Wynn. The musical score (background) compliments the film perfectly, and the great songs help carry the storyline. The Westminster Childrenï¿½s Choir sung in this film. This DVD version was also re-mastered to look like new, and it is beautiful indeed.
In closing, I was born in 1963, before we had full time cable TV, satellite, VHS, cartoon network, etc. The Rankin/Bass studios made the best holiday specials. It was a time when kids and even whole families plopped down to the TV specials at Christmas and it was an EVENT! We only had kid shows on Saturday mornings back then, and you had to wait a whole year to see these great shows again. We are very lucky to be able to buy these now and to enjoy them without the tons of commercials. I remember rushing to get snacks or bathroom breaks during commercials too. Now my son is enthralled with these shows that have passed the 40 year test of time.
If you want to see more treasure by this great studio, search for films by Arthur Rankin, or Jules Bass. Some are animated, some are Animagic but they all have great story, design, and music. Not all have made the jump to DVD yet, but buy the ones that have so they will be encouraged to release more of their library. I highly recommend:
"Here Comes Peter Cottontail"; "The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town"; "The Hobbit"; "The Year Without a Santa Claus" this DVD also has a rare treat "Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey"; "The Flight of Dragons"; "The Mad Monster Party" (a 90 minute theatrical film); "The Daydreamer"; "The Wacky World of Mother Goose"; Little Drummer Boy Book 2"; "The Emperor's New Clothes"; "Rudolph's Shiny New Year"; "Mouse on the Mayflower"; "Twas the Night Before Christmas"; "The Stingiest Man in Town"; "The First Christmas"; "Jack Frost"; and more all available at Amazon.com.
There are also 2 books sold here that I know of on this studio and their films, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Making of The Rankin/Bass Holiday Classic", and "The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass".
This set contains a smattering of the best holiday specials put out by that creative team. Unlike previous VHS releases, this collection pays full homage to the original releases including the font used on the DVD covers as well as photo covers to let viewers know which is a cartoon and which is animagic.
The most famous reindeer of all is the most famous Christmas special of all. This is a great DVD with the almost-complete "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" special. Over the years, this special has been edited down to make room for more commercials. This version restores most of the lost footage, only clipping the shots of Yukon Cornelius firing his gun into the air. There is a nice introduction by Arthur Rankin as a feature, as well as the alternate versions of a few songs and scenes.
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "Little Drummer Boy" is the best value DVD of the set, with two full specials. These are both highly enjoyable, with excellent performances and animagic. Great DVD
"Frosty the Snowman" is the bad apple DVD. While the original special is a delight and wonder, the non-Rankin/Bass special tagged onto this DVD is a real bomb. Cheap in every manner of the word. I predict you will watch it once, out of curiosity, and then never again. Still, you can't go wrong with the original Frosty.
All in all, a great way to own all of these hits. This is just a small portion of the Rankin/Bass catalog, and I say keep 'em coming!
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