Rankin/Bass Christmas Specials

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  1. Mike Miskulin

    Mike Miskulin Second Unit

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    UPDATE 10/2008:
    Here's an update on the currently available/released Rankin/Bass Christmas specials.
    With this month's annual release of another Rankin/Bass box set from Warner Bros., fifteen of the eighteen Rankin/Bass specials are now on DVD! The new titles are found on disc one of the Classic Christmas Favorites set and include The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold (1981), Pinocchio's Christmas (1980), and The Stingiest Man in Town (1978).
    This leaves only three titles still M.I.A.:
    • The First Christmas (1975)
    • The Little Drummer Boy, Book II (1976)
    • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1985)
    Hopefully, these last three specials will see the light of day next year; maybe in yet another box set so consumers can re-purchase the ones they already own! [​IMG]
    FYI, the specials currently available can be purchased in these sets/singles:
    Classic Christmas Favorites (Amazon Link)
    • The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold (1981)
    • Pinocchio's Christmas (1980)
    • The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)
    • The Year Without a Santa Claus Deluxe Edition (1974)
    • Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976)
    • Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey ((1977)
    • Frosty's Winter Wonderland ((1976)
    • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)
    • Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)
    • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Deluxe Edition (not Rankin/Bass, but included in this set!) (1966)
    The Original Christmas Classics (Amazon Link)
    • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
    • Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (1970)
    • Frosty the Snowman (1969)
    • The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
    • Cricket on the Hearth (1967)
    • Frosty Returns (not Rankin/Bass, but included in this set!) (1992)
    • Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (not Rankin/Bass, but included in this set!) (1962)
    And not available in either set: (original post):
    As far as I can tell these are the only Rankin/Bass Christmas specials available on DVD now:
    • The Year Without a Santa Claus/Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey/Rudolph's Shiny New Year
    • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    • Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town/The Little Drummer Boy
    • Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns
    • Jack Frost (Canadian release)
    Are there any plans for any more Rankin/Bass classic releases? There are quite a few more specials out there begging to be released on disc (The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Pinnochio's Christmas, The First Christmas, Leprechaun's Christmas Gold, Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, The Little Drummer Boy: Book 2, Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Stingiest Man in Town,
    and maybe a couple more I can't think of right now - whew!).
    Any info would be greatly appreciated. Are any of these available in other regions?
    mike.
     
  2. Sarah S

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    I would definitely love some of these on dvd. Sorry no news, just support.
     
  3. Qui-Gon John

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    I'd like Little Drummer 2. Also T'was the Night Before XMAS, but on this one, I remember long ago, a version of it true to the story of the father writing the poem, not the stupid one with the mice. Does any else remember this one? And can we get that one on DVD?
     
  4. Mike Miskulin

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    Hey, I happen to like "the stupid one with the mice." [​IMG]
     
  5. Jo_C

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    Let us figure out together who we make our requests to...


    Classic Media owns all the R/B material up to 1974 (this includes the "classic four" already available on DVD), except the Embassy Pictures-distributed feature films, which are owned by MGM/Studio Canal (Anchor Bay, under separate sub-license with Studio Canal, has already released "Mad Monster Party", and soon "The Storyteller" and "The Wacky World of Mother Goose", on DVD). Sony Wonder has a video output deal with Classic Media, so it is Sony you should write to on that part of the library.

    Everything past 1974 belongs to Warner Bros. OK, 'nuff said?
     
  6. Eric F

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    Let's just get The Flight of Dragons out, it's one of their best productions. I know they show it on Disney occasionally but I don't have cable.
     
  7. Jesse Skeen

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    South Park does one of the songs from the "stupid one with the mice" [​IMG]
     
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    I want "Frosty's Winter Wonderland" - the real Frosty sequel (where Frosty and Crystal get married, and Jack Frost tries to mess things up...) - not that lame "Frosty Returns".

    "Christmas in July" would be totally cool on disc also.
     
  9. JohnDMoore

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    Just supporting here. I'd really love to see "Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," my longtime favorite Christmas special available on DVD.
     
  10. Scott Leopold

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    I'd love a DVD with the 'Twas... with the mice. We have a crappy old VHS copy, and it's really showing its age.
     
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    The soundtrack for "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was recorded in stereo, too. The sountrack album (which is available as a budget CD) was issued (I think years later...seems like I read 1970) with the music tracks in true stereo, but the vocals dubbed in mono from the completed sountrack. (Except Burl Ives, who re-recorded his songs, apparently with the original stereo backing tracks.)

    If only they could find these original multi-tracks they could actually remix these special in real surround sound! But I think they were lost years ago.
     
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    Brian W. - Thanks, I knew I wasn't going senile, not yet anyway. I'm not sure of the title, I'll check IMDB too. Perhaps, "A Visit from St. Nicholas"?
     
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    I thought I saw the easter bunny one at Costco the other day.
     
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  17. Qui-Gon John

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    Well I looked for it on IMDB and so far, no luck. But I know it existed and at least one other person has seen it (Brian W.). Maybe more people will chime in. I just could never get into the mouse one, with the whole clock and all, I don't know.
     
  18. Qui-Gon John

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    Dug up some info.

    "The Night Before Christmas" 1968 by Elba Productions.
     
  19. Brian W.

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    Where did you get that info, John?

    More of the it is coming back to me now. In the show, his daughter is sick and he writes the poem for her. Correct?
     
  20. Sarah S

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    I love 'Twas the Night Before Christmas & would really love to have that on dvd. Also some other "obsucure" ones like "Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus" (an animated re-telling of the Times letter) and "Christmas All Year Round" (I think...at any rate, that was the plot).
     

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