'Original Christmas Classics Gift Set 2015'
(Various / 2-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Classic Media)
Overview: 'The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector's Edition' Box-Set includes 7 Holiday Favorites: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, The Little Drummer Boy, Cricket On The Hearth, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol and Frosty Returns!
Blu ray Verdict: This fabulous collection of classic Christmas animation favorites is as joyous to watch today, here on crystal clear Blu-ray, as they were to watch back in the day - on "in and out, rabbit ear" TV sets, trust me!
1. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964, 47 minutes) - Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his beaming honker, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into the Abominable Snowman and find a whole island of misfit toys. Rudoph vows to see if he can get Santa to help the toys, and he goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But Santa's sleigh is fogged in. But when Santa looks over Rudolph, he gets a very bright idea!
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970, 51 minutes) - The Mailman decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who was left on the doorstep of the Kringle family (toymakers). When Kris grew up, he wanted to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown. But its Burgermeister (Herr Meisterburger) is too mean to let that happen. And to make things worse, there's an evil wizard named Winter who lives between the Kringles and Sombertown, but Kris manages to melt Winter's heart (as well as the comely schoolteacher's) and deliver his toys.
3. Frosty The Snowman (1969, 25 minutes) - A discarded silk top hat becomes the focus of a struggle between a washed-up stage magician and a group of schoolchildren after it magically brings a snowman to life. Realizing that newly-living Frosty will melt in spring unless he takes refuge in a colder climate, Frosty and a young girl who he befriends stow away on a freight train headed for the north pole. Little do they know that the magician is following them, and he wants his hat back. This animated short is based on the popular Christmas song of the same name.
4. Frosty Returns (1992, 23 minutes) - Twitchell's invented Summer Wheeze: a spray can that instantly removes snow and slush. And Beansborough's getting snow-free. And Holly has to keep Frosty from melting, and convince everybody that snow's actually a good thing.
5. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962 53 minutes) - An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the three spirits who haunt him one Christmas Eve.
6. Little Drummer Boy (1968, 25 minutes) - Animated film version of the legendary song of a boy who lets out all his frustrations on a drum, little knowing how significant this drum will be in the birth of the newborn Jesus.
7. Cricket On The Hearth (1967, 49 Minutes) - A delightful, animated musical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale. A Cricket on the Hearth, tells the story of a poor toymaker and his daughter whom a helpful Cricket named Crocket befriends on Christmas morning. When tragedy strikes the family, it's Crocket who comes to the rescue and restores peace and happiness.
These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and this delightful 2-Disc Blu-ray Box-Set comes with the Special Features of:
Be An Artist & Create
Santa Special Delivery
Magical Melody And Kringle Jingle
Frosty Snowflake Surprises
Sam The Snowman's Sing-Alongs