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#1 of 9 Mike Miskulin

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Posted October 16 2005 - 12:53 PM

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 of 9 ScottR

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Posted October 16 2005 - 03:18 PM

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 of 9 BrettGallman

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Posted October 16 2005 - 06:49 PM

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.
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#4 of 9 Eric Peterson

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Posted October 17 2005 - 12:12 AM

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

#5 of 9 DaViD Boulet

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Posted October 17 2005 - 04:31 PM

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

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#6 of 9 JerryKILL

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Posted October 18 2005 - 05:32 AM

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!
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Posted January 27 2013 - 01:37 PM

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. I wish these missing Christmas Specials come out on box set soon mike.



#8 of 9 Louis Letizia

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Posted January 27 2013 - 11:58 PM

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

#9 of 9 Randy Korstick

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Posted January 28 2013 - 03:18 AM

Actually all of the above list are now available.
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