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Jack Frost (1979) Review

For this particular week of Rankin/Bass reviews, I’ve just got one movie for you all, Jack Frost from 1979.  (Because, frankly, I’m tuckered out after writing roughly a dozen reviews!)  This is yet another Rankin/Bass Christmas special that I had never seen before, but which I had heard good things about.  While it was a bit more difficult for me to find this one, I think it was worth the effort.

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The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985) Review

This week, we’re focusing on Rankin/Bass origin stories for Santa Claus.  Last time, we discussed one of my favorite Christmas specials, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970).  Today, however, we are reviewing the more obscure The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985), which is based off the story of the same name by L. Frank Baum, the very same author of The Wizard of Oz!

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Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970) Review

Now that I’ve reviewed every Christmas special from our marathon back in March, I decided to check out a few more Rankin/Bass specials that people seem to rate quite highly.  Our theme this week is “Santa Claus origin stories”, with this Friday’s review covering The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985).  But first, I’d like to discuss a personal favorite of mine, the more well-known Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town from 1970!

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Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980) Review

Last time, we reviewed The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold from 1981, a charming little special whose greatest fault lie in the fact that it had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas!  Our focus today is on the stop motion Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980), which does a far better job at retelling the general Pinocchio story with a Christmas twist.  But which pained my soul greatly in so many other areas.

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The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold (1981) Review

For this week of Rankin/Bass Christmas special reviews, we’re focusing on stop motion specials from the early ‘80’s that prove Rankin/Bass’ obsession with making everything into a Christmas special, even if it shouldn’t be….or didn’t need to be.  Today, I’ll be reviewing The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold (1981), and next time, we’ll be discussing a Christmas-themed retelling of Pinocchio with…um, the aptly named Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980).

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Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977) Review

Our focus this week is on Rankin/Bass’ multiple attempts to recapture the popularity of their most well-loved work, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964).  Last Monday, we talked about Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976), where a baby is mocked for his big ears.  While that movie was surprisingly entertaining, I can’t say I’m feeling as positive towards this next one, another stop-motion special by the name of Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey from 1977.  You can already tell where this one is going, can’t you?

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Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976) Review

During my last Rankin/Bass review week (ignoring that random Easter week I did), I discussed two Christmas specials based on the works of Charles Dickens, Cricket on the Hearth (1967) and The Stingiest Man in Town (1978) AKA A Christmas Carol.  This week has a theme of its own, and that is…Rudolph rip-offs, for lack of a better term.  With Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) being their most well-known work, Rankin/Bass seemed determined to cash in on their earlier success once more.  The results were…interesting, to say the least.  Friday’s is going to be a more blatant example of that, but today, we’re focusing on the stop-motion Rudolph’s Shiny New Year from 1976.

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971) Review

This week, we’ve been focusing on Rankin/Bass’ three Easter specials from the ‘70’s.  We’ve been working in backwards order (the other reviews are linked at the bottom) because these shorts…kind of went downhill as the years went by.  But that means we’re now discussing my personal favorite, the stop motion special Here Comes Peter Cottontail from 1971!

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The Easter Bunny is Comin’ to Town (1977) Review

Although I have been planning on reviewing a whole bunch of Rankin/Bass Christmas specials over the coming weeks, I decided instead to take a break and focus on the upcoming holiday of Easter.  Yes, although Rankin/Bass is far more known for their Christmas specials, they actually made three Easter specials during the 70’s, all three of which I’ll be reviewing over the course of this week in reverse chronological order.  Today’s review is going to focus on their last Easter special, The Easter Bunny is Comin’ to Town from 1977.

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A Miser Brothers’ Christmas Review

For my previous post, I reviewed the Rankin/Bass stop-motion Christmas special from 1974, The Year Without a Santa Claus.  This time, I’m reviewing A Miser Brothers’ Christmas from 2008 (made not by Rankin/Bass, but by the new owners, Warner Bros).  Capitalizing on the Miser Brothers’ popularity (34 years later…), we all know why this movie was made.  (*cough* money *cough*)  Nevertheless, I can at least appreciate the fact that they still made the movie using stop motion (rather than CGI or something), plus they got the same voice actors for Santa Claus and Heat Miser (Mickey Rooney and George S. Irving, respectively).  Seeing as both men were in their 80’s at the time, that’s some dedication!  Unfortunately, the same could not be said for Mrs. Claus or Snow Miser, as their respective voice actors (Shirley Booth and Dick Shawn) had passed away before this movie was made.

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