The Best of the Holiday Video Bunch
The Original Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns/Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol/Little Drummer Boy/Cricket on the Hearth)
In another Rankin/Bass creation,The Year Without a Santa Claus
, you hear the story of "the furious, curious, fridigy year when Santa unhitched his sleigh and vowed he was taking a holiday." Okay, so maybe they take the rhyming thing too far in this one, but all the great characters and kitschy songs more than make up for it. You'll meet elves Jingle and Jangle Bells as well as the villainous Snow Miser and Heat Miser. Of course, the big question is does Santa come around in time and deliver the goods? I won't ruin the ending for you, but I will tell you this: It's a general rule of holiday movies to always end happily. That's all I'm going to say.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
is possibly the most serious of the fun holiday shows. Like a lot of people at this time of year, Charlie Brown isn't feeling very festive so to get into the spirit of the season he decides to direct the gang's Christmas play. Highlights include the sad little tree Chuck chooses being transformed by love--and Linus' blanket--and a reading of the biblical account of Christ's birth from the book of Luke. After all, when was the last time you saw a cartoon that featured a Bible reading that wasn't totally cheesy and on some religion channel?