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)
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)
- [*]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)
- [*]Jack Frost Deluxe Edition (1979) (Amazon Link)
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)
Any info would be greatly appreciated. Are any of these available in other regions?