Original Christmas Classics DVD

Rudolph and Hermy - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph and Hermy. Videocraft International Productions

The Original Christmas Classics on DVD brings back childhood memories. The DVD includes seven of my favorite animated Christmas cartoons. It also includes a terrific CD to listen to while you're decorating, driving around looking at lights or sipping eggnog with your honey. The Original Christmas Classics on DVD is a set you'll pull from the shelf every year.

Pros

  • Classic Christmas cartoons as you remember them, all in one place.
  • Includes CD with holiday songs, like Burl Ives singing "Holly, Jolly Christmas."

Cons

  • What the heck is 'Cricket on the Hearth?'

Description

  • Seven Christmas TV specials.
  • Music CD of songs from the TV specials.
  • Limited keepsake edition.

My Two Cents

The Original Christmas Classics DVD will take a generation or two back to childhood, when these holiday cartoons only came once a year and you had to position the antenna just so to watch them on only three networks. The best part about this DVD set is having all the classic Christmas cartoons in one place, which makes it easy to pop into the DVD player in your car to keep all the little elves happy while you drive from store to store.

First is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a stop-motion animated special. The mod design, varied voices and touching way the story is told makes this one of my favorite Christmas TV shows of all time. I still love listening to Burl Ives sing "Silver and Gold," and I still get scared of the Abominable Snowman.

The next cartoon is Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. This, too, is animated using stop-motion. The special tells how Christmas traditions came to be. This classic show includes classic actors, with Fred Astaire as the storytelling postman and Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle.

Frosty the Snowman is a cartoon featuring characters with extraordinarily large teeth.

Dental details aside, the TV show is based on the popular Christmas song and plays out pretty much how you think it would. Jimmy Durante's gruff voice somehow has the right warmth to narrate this tale. Frosty isn't as beloved to me as the first two I mentioned, but it's still a must-see during the holidays.

Several other Christmas TV specials are included on the DVD, that didn't gain quite the same popularity, but are still staples on ABC Family's 25 Day so Christmas, like Frosty Returns, when Frosty the Snowman returns to the same little town, this time, with his own wish; The Little Drummer Boy, another Rankin/Bass stop-motion animated special that tells the story of the nativity; Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, a take on Charles Dickens' classic tale about mean ol' Mr. Scrooge; and Charles Dickens' Cricket on the Hearth, starring Roddy MacDowall and Marlo Thomas.

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