The Original Christmas Classics DVD Review
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I remember Christmas 1949. I nestled in bed watching for Santa. Eventually I fell asleep. Early the morrow I awoke to see the festive balloon figures, a Bambi watch, and a Rudolph the Reindeer book left for me under the tree. How I loved Audry’s song Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer! How I loved that color illustrated children’s book. Outcast misfit Rudolph with his bright red nose was an inspiration to little kids easily intimidated like me. He persevered, overcame, and became a respected leader. Call him an early role model.
Fast forward to 1964 and the TV broadcast of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Approaching adulthood me no longer had to imagine Rudolph’s journey. Chronicled in real living color, it was the truly special Christmas special that brought back enchanting memories of childhood past. Other years followed and other specials–Frosty the Snowman (1969), Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970), and Frosty Returns (1992). Today all these are American legend.
Years ago I reviewed The Original Christmas Classics (see November 30, 2010) box set. Yesterday I received an updated release (275 minutes total running time). It is two disks now, in Blu-ray, with not four but seven animated favorites each in length 25-65 minutes. For brief summaries of Rudolph, Frosty 1 & 2 as well as Santa Claus please refer to my November 19 blog. New cartoons include:
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962): This cartoon musical short based on Charles Dickens Christmas Carol’s staves is the first animated holiday program ever produced for television.
Cricket on the Hearth (1967): Based on another Dickens piece developed in chirps, a talking cricket helps a poor toymaker and his blind daughter.
The Little Drummer Boy (1968): An orphan child’s meeting with the magi changes his life forever.
The holidays are a time for joy and sharing. What better way for people to celebrate good times than with classics like these? Every one of them is magic because of its artwork, voice casting, scripting, and heart-warming lessons. These films bring back memories better than silver or gold. Too bad “they” don’t make ’em like this any more.
Classic Media, The Original Christmas Classics 2012 is available online. SMRP $39.79 buys a lot of wholesome family entertainment. Thank you, DreamWorks Classics AKA Classic Media).
Here’s is a printable Christmas wish list for you, just click on the image below and print.