Sunday, July 7, 2013
Rankin/Bass Christmas Animation
Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass produced many of the most cherished and beloved animated holiday specials on television. But the Rankin/Bass legacy includes not just TV specials but TV series and theatrical release movies as well. While most of their output was non-holiday related, they did make Easter, Thanksgiving, and even New Year's stories. However, Rankin/Bass are perhaps most closely associated with and remembered for their Christmas holiday stories.
Sometimes at public events I mention that there are a total of 20 Rankin/Bass year-end holiday entertainments--and I'm frequently met with blank stares. Can you name all 20? Have you seen all of them?
Here's a list of all of the animated Rankin/Bass Christmas and New Year's stories.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Cricket on the Hearth (1967)
The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970)
Festival of Family Classics' episode "A Christmas Tree" (1972)
Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
The First Christmas (1975)
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976)
Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976)
The Little Drummer Boy, Book II (1976)
Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)
The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)
Jack Frost (1979)
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)
Pinocchio's Christmas (1980)
The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold (1981)
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1985)
Santa Baby! (2001)
TRIVIA: How many of these questions can you answer? Leave your comments below.
1. Total number of Animagic (stop motion animated) titles from the above list?
Total number of traditional animation titles from the above list?
2. Which story includes the villainous character: a) The Winter Warlock? b) King Winterbolt? c) wicked banshee Old Mag?
3. How many are inspired by Charles Dickens stories? what are their titles?
4. Which one was a theatrical release movie?
5. Which one was part of a Saturday morning cartoon series?
6. Which one was adapted from a book written by the same author who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?
7. Which one includes the song: a) "One Foot in Front of the Other?" b) "Silver and Gold?" c) "Blue Christmas?"
8. Which one is narrated by the character: a) Pardon-Me Pete? b) B.A.H. Humbug? c) Special Delivery Kluger? d) Sam the Snowman e) Blarney Killakilarney?
9. Which one includes a story about a mouse family?
10. Name the titles that feature religious figures or biblical era characters?
BONUS QUESTION: Which one is your favorite?
Posted by Joanna at 3:43 PM