Original Christmas Classics Gift Set

Original Christmas Classics Gift Set

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This stop-motion holiday collection offers all seven of the most beloved Christmas specials from the 1970's, including the puppet-centric stop motion classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reigndeer, The Little Drummer Boy, and Santa Clause is Coming to Town. The set also includes Frosty the Snowman, Cricket on the Hearth, Mr. Magoo'sSee more details below

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This stop-motion holiday collection offers all seven of the most beloved Christmas specials from the 1970's, including the puppet-centric stop motion classics Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reigndeer, The Little Drummer Boy, and Santa Clause is Coming to Town. The set also includes Frosty the Snowman, Cricket on the Hearth, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, and Frosty Returns.In this sequel to the much-loved "Frosty the Snowman" cartoon special, Frosty reappears to befriend a girl named Holly and help save Christmas from the invention of an evil snow-exterminating chemical.Frosty the Snowman is an animated television special based on the classic song about a magic snowman who comes to life and befriends several children. Jimmy Durante narrates the special and sings the title song.Having made a bundle on their 130-episode package of Mr. Magoo TV cartoons, the folks at UPA studios decided to star Magoo in a 60-minute musical version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. First telecast over the NBC network on December 18, 1962, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol deftly uses the device of depicting Magoo as a famous Broadway star, returning to the stage to essay the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge. This "framing" device has, unfortunately, been eliminated from currently available TV and video versions of this hour-long animated special. Still, Magoo has plenty of time to shine as Scrooge, a role ideally suited for the character's crotchety demeanor and comic nearsightedness. The five original songs by Jules Styne and Bob Merrill are wonderful-far more so than the disposable score of the 1970 live-action Christmas Carol musical adaptation Scrooge. The principal voices are provided by Jim Backus as Magoo, Jack Cassidy as Bob Cratchit, Royal Dano as Marley's Ghost, and Joan Gardner, Morey Amsterdam and Paul Frees. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol served as the pilot for the 1964 animated anthology series The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, wherein Magoo essayed such literary roles as Friar Tuck, Gunga Din, and all seven of Snow White's dwarves.This stop-motion animagic version of the classic Christmas tale adds a bit of a twist when Rudolph encounters an abominable snowman. This was made for TV and features Burl Ives as the narrator. ~ All Movie GuideThe Cricket on the Hearth is based on one of Charles Dickens' lesser-known Christmas stories. Bertha, the toymaker's daughter, is the central character. She searches for love and understanding from her father Caleb, who just wants his family to be happy. With the appearance of a good luck cricket, fortunes seem to change. This release features the voices of real-life father and daughter Danny and Marlo Thomas and Roddy McDowell as the Cricket. As all ends well, The Cricket on the Hearth closes with a catchy tune, "The First Christmas." The animated seasonal program was a predecessor to better known fare. It now serves as godfather to Christmas tales told since. ~ Sarah IngThe perennial Yuletide animated classic The Little Drummer Boy gets a new look on home video with this release. Actually, the program itself will be familiar to those who watch it every December; only the packaging has changed. This moving story, about a poor boy who can offer no gift to the baby Jesus other than his song, will entertain and inspire the entire family. The soundtrack was recorded by the Vienna Boys Choir. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie GuideThe story of how Santa Claus came to be is brought to life through the magic of stop-motion animation in this Christmas-themed production for the family. A friendly postman (voiced by Fred Astaire) explains how friendly Kris Kringle (voice of Mickey Rooney), a foundling taken in by a family of toymakers, took it upon himself to bring some happiness to the children of Sombertown, despite the grumpy opposition of Burgermeister Meisterburger (voice of Paul Frees) and the Winter Warlock (voice of Keenan Wynn). Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town was directed and produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr., who created another popular animated story of the season, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The holidays just wouldn't be the same without Linus explaining "what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown," the Grinch carving the roast beast, or Rudolph coming to the rescue of the abandoned Misfit Toys. Based on the beloved Johnny Marks song, this was the first, and best, of the Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated holiday specials. Rudolph, whose red nose makes him a North Pole outcast, teams up with kindred misfit spirit Hermey, an elf who aspires to dentistry, and prospector Yukon Cornelius, on an odyssey that leads them to a showdown with the Abominable. The "Bumble," as Cornelius refers to him, has captured Clarice, a young doe whose fondness for Rudolph led her to recklessly go off in search of him. Well, when Rudolph and Clarice return to the North Pole, amid a ferocious storm sure to cancel Santa's annual mission, the reindeer-with-your-nose-so-bright's destiny becomes apparent. And then, when Cornelius and Hermey -- presumed doomed -- return with the defanged Bumble in tow, it's among the most heartwarming finales in the Christmas-classic canon. The superb soundtrack includes "Holly Jolly Christmas," "Jingle Jingle Jingle," "We're a Couple of Misfits," "There's Always Tomorrow," "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year," and "Silver and Gold." Rudolph is presented on DVD fully restored with footage that was deleted over the years for its annual television broadcasts.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
UPC:
0883476032689
Rating:
NR
Source:
Classic Media
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
4:35:00
Sales rank:
9,063

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Original Christmas Classics - Disc 1
2. Kris Kringle [10:07]
3. No More Toys [9:42]
4. The Winter Warlock [18:12]
5. Santa Claus and Christmas [9:17]
2. Capture of an Orphan Boy [4:28]
3. Jerusalem at Last [3:50]
4. The Three Kings [5:48]
5. Miracle in Bethlehem [6:59]
1. Back on Broadway [:29]
2. Dreadful Apparition [9:45]
3. The Miracle of Now [5:07]
4. Golden Idol [5:21]
5. Poor Stiff [11:34]
6. Christmas Day [8:33]
Disc #2 -- Original Christmas Classics - Disc 2
1. Newspater Opening [:30]
2. Sam the Snowman [2:16]
3. Opening Credits [1:08]
4. Rudolph Enters [1:24]
5. "Jingle, Jingle, Jingle" [2:14]
6. Christmas Elves [1:44]
7. Hermey "Misfit" Solo [:59]
8. Rudolph "Misfit" Solo [:19]
9. Reindeer Games [1:10]
10. "We Are Santa's Elves" [3:04]
11. Flight Practice [4:30]
12. "There's Always Tomorrow" [2:44]
13. "We're a Couple of Misfits" [2:07]
14. Yukon Cornelius [1:05]
15. "Silver and Gold" [2:00]
16. Snow Monster Chase [3:16]
17. Misfit Island [:48]
18. "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year" [4:55]
19. Rudolph Grows up [2:07]
20. Rudolph Saves Clarice [:40]
21. Hermey & Yukon Save the Day [3:16]
22. Christmas Town [1:29]
23. Christmas Preparation [2:09]
24. "Holly Jolly Christmas" [1:14]
25. Christmas Eve [1:21]
26. Return to Misfit Island [1:17]
27. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reinder" [1:42]
2. Introduction [:46]
3. Professor Hinkle's Magic Show [1:39]
4. Building Frosty [1:00]
5. Frosty Comes to Life [1:38]
6. Credits [:26]
7. Frosty Comes to Life Again [2:11]
8. Frosty Begins to Melt [:52]
9. The Parade - "Frosty the Snowman" [2:18]
10. A Ticket to the North Pole [1:16]
11. The Train Ride [2:41]
12. A Fire on Christmas Eve [1:54]
13. The Plan to Get Frosty to the North Pole [1:01]
14. Waiting for Santa [2:02]
15. Santa Arrives Too Late [2:17]
16. Santa Teaches Professor Hinkle a Lesson [1:11]
17. Conclusion [2:04]
1. Introduction [1:40]
2. No School - "We Love the Snow" [1:00]
3. Holly Practices Her Magic [1:30]
4. Ms. Carbunkle [:54]
5. Holly Meets Frosty [1:18]
6. Summer Wheeze [:56]
7. The Boardroom [:56]
8. Frosty Panics [:26]
9. Holly Hides Frosty [:39]
10. School Presentation [1:43]
11. "Let There Be Snow" [3:45]
12. Mr. Twitchell Tries to Eliminate Frosty [1:05]
13. Holly and Charles Patch up Frosty [1:17]
14. Holly and Mr. Twitchell Face off [1:43]
15. "Let There Be Snow" Reprise [2:11]
16. Frosty Says Good Bye [:43]
17. Conclusion [:58]

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