The missing Rankin/Bass Christmas specials...

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Mike Miskulin, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. Mike Miskulin

    Mike Miskulin Second Unit

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    Of the seventeen Christmas-related Rankin/Bass specials out there, eleven are currently available on DVD. This obviously leaves six titles yet to see the light of day on DVD:
    • The First Christmas (1975)
    • The Little Drummer Boy, Book II (1976)
    • The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)
    • Pinnochio's Christmas (1980)
    • The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold (1981)
    • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1985)
    Non of these titles appear to be pending release, either. Any news on whether or not these will be available on DVD any time soon? Who currently owns the right to these films?
    These six will certainly not garner interest like Rudolph or Frosty, but a two disc release with all six films (3 are half hour specials, three are hour specials) may sell well enough.
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  2. ScottR

    ScottR Cinematographer

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    I think WB owns all but Pinocchio's Christmas. I believe that one may be owned by Classics Media. Also, Cricket on the Hearth hasn't been released either...that one is one hour and is owned by CM.
     
  3. BrettGallman

    BrettGallman Screenwriter

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    I'd really like the Life and "Adventures of Santa Claus." I watch it every year on ABC Family, but it'd be great to have to watch anytime during the holidays. I just saw "The First Christmas" for the first time last year, and I really liked that one too. I'd buy a set that included these.
     
  4. Eric Peterson

    Eric Peterson Cinematographer

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    Count me in for any and all of these title if they're ever released.
     
  5. DaViD Boulet

    DaViD Boulet Lead Actor

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    I'm a sucker for all my childhood holiday cartoons...
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  6. JerryKILL

    JerryKILL Stunt Coordinator

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    A couple of years ago I broke down and bought the VHS versions of the above mentioned specials, minus Stingiest Man since I am mainly interested in stop motion. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus almost reaches the ranks of the best RB. However, it is a rather "dark" christmas tale, and would be hard to sell as traditional family entertainment. Fans of Tim Burton's stop motion would be enthralled.

    While we're at it...a release of Willie McBean & His Magic Machine (1965 theatrical film) would seem to be in order. Anchor Bay, come to the rescue, please!
     
  7. Bloodrainman

    Bloodrainman Auditioning

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  8. Louis Letizia

    Louis Letizia Supporting Actor

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    Strike THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS off the list-it was a Warner Archive title
     
  9. Randy Korstick

    Randy Korstick Producer

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    Actually all of the above list are now available.
     

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