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  1. Polbroth

    Favorite "lost" TV Christmas special?

    I'm not sure what appeals to me personally about Snow Queen, but objectively speaking, it's masterful. The somewhat amorphous design of the kids' faces is the only thing I find lacking, but otherwise, it's just breathtaking. And while I'd love to see works like Snow Queen restored to greater...
  2. Polbroth

    Favorite "lost" TV Christmas special?

    Alas. Whether live action or animation, unless you're speaking to true aficionados, an enormous amount of earth-shaking cinematic brilliance is left to rot unnoticed. But the French masterpiece Wonderbird/Mockingbird - also a HUGE influence on Miyazaki - was finally completed and given a...
  3. Polbroth

    Favorite "lost" TV Christmas special?

    Snow Queen was HUGE in Japan beginning with its release there some 60 years ago, and inspired not only Miyazaki but all of anime. It's generally considered one of the greatest animated feature films ever made. I'd love to see a restored - or just cleanest print - version of it by Criterion...
  4. Polbroth

    Favorite "lost" TV Christmas special?

    On 7th Night? We have 5 big ones yet to go! Speaking of which, Amahl and the Night Visitors, a CLASSIC live-action opera by the legendary GCMenotti!
  5. Polbroth

    Favorite "lost" TV Christmas special?

    I first saw them decades after they were made & first aired, but they possess an undeniable simplicity and charm that lingers to this day. As you say, the only reason I DID see them was because a local channel in an adjoining state with a small service area, but JUST on the fringe of what I...
  6. Polbroth

    Favorite "lost" TV Christmas special?

    Melendez is his own worst enemy as the creator of Virginia, as nothing can really touch his Charlie Brown, but Lutheran TV did a number of holiday specials featuring a young character named Benji in the early 70s. Similar to Virginia, these are still available on the Vision Video DVD label, and...
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