About Christmas TV History

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hardrock, Coco and Joe

SET YOUR DVRs: for Thursday, 11/26--Thanksgiving at noon (EST) for WGN America channel in order to record the annual broadcast of the documentary Bozo, Gar & Ray. This history of Chicago TV includes footage from the children's programs: Bozo's Circus, Garfield Goose and Friends, and Ray Rayner and His Friends.

For Christmas TV fans: included in the documentary are the 1950s animated black-and-white shorts Hardrock, Coco and Joe: The Three Little Dwarves, Suzy Snowflake and Frosty the Snowman. Though these shorts are available for watching online, it is more satisfying to see them within this historical context along with the brief discussions provided in the documentary. See my discussion on pg. 51 on these three shorts within the MYOM about cult Christmas TV favorites that deserve a second viewing.

There's also a very funny parody of Hardrock, Coco and Joe called Christmas With Tingles that can be found within the "Christmas Day" episode of the outrageous program, TV Funhouse. For more information, see page 89 of my book.

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