No one shows the Holidays better than Rankin/Bass. They brought us Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow and Frosty the Snowman to name a few! Now Warner Bros has introduced a collection of more of their Holiday Favorites! The Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection!
Here is a little bit about each TV holiday favorite that the collection includes:
The Little Drummer Boy (Book II)
Starting where the original left off and after Aaron (the little drummer boy) plays his song, he helps Melchior to spread the word by ringing the silver bells. That is until the Romans take the bells for taxes. This sends Aaron off on a quest to aid Simeon, the crafter of the silver bells. It premiered in 1976 on NBC, but now currently airs on ABC Family Channel.
Pinocchio wants to buy his father a Christmas present, so he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but the Fox and Cat trick him out of his money. After trying to work to earn the money to purchase his father a gift, Pinocchio gets himself into a world of trouble. With the help of the fairy Azora, Pinocchio learns that Christmas isn’t about gifts. This beautiful classic aired in 1980 and also currently plays on the ABC Family Channel.
The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold
A cabin boy, Dinty Doyl, lands on a mysterious Irish island where he accidentally releases a bad-tempered banshee. The Leprechaun Blarney Kilakilarney knows that in order for the banshee to survive, she must swipe their pot of Christmas gold. Dinty and Blarney have to make a plan to outwit the wicked banshee before Christmas Morning. This delightful tall tale aired in 1981!
The Stringiest Man in Town
This classic isn’t done in Rankin/Bass original Animagic style, but in animation. It’s story is based on Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ and was a remake of an old live-action musical special of the same name. An interesting tid-bit of this Christmas Classic is that it is listed as an Anime by some sources because some animation duties were given to Japan and it aired there on Christmas Eve in 1978!
The story is narrated by B.A.H Humbug and tells the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge (which I assume I don’t need to explain), however, the unique part is that most of it is sung. Because its original was an old live-action musical, they did their best to retain as many of the classic songs as possible. I think that staying with its inspiration was truly remarkable and a testament to how well the musical special was loved.
This is such an amazing opportunity. To have four Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Specials that are hard to find is a fantastic gift! You can pick it up in the WB Shop for $18.95!
I did not receive anything for this giveaway. However, the giveaway is sponsored by WB! The opinions are my own and I have actually watched most of these as a Rankin/Bass fan. I just knew you all would love it!