6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
I bought this collection just for the one movie. My family loves it and we used to watch it every Christmas together. We had recorded it on a VHS tape. We no longer have a machine that plays them and I searched for this title and was very pleased to find it. My family enjoyed watching it this season!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2014
If you're a fan of Hanna-Barbera's Christmas classics, in any decade, you won't be sorry with this collection, especially if you can't stand the live-action cult classic of the same name of the enclosed H-B classic, like myself. Hanna-Barbera's version of A Christmas Story was made in 1971, and NOT about a boy named Ralphie wanting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas or saying a certain really bad word in front of his parents (this version was made over a decade beforehand). The Hanna-Barbera version stars a Beagle named Goober and a mouse named Gumdrop (voiced by respective toon legends Paul Winchell and Daws Butler) trying to make sure their boy's Christmas list gets to Santa before it's too late, by any means necessary. Along the way, a few of Hanna-Barbera's Christmas songs got their start here, most of them were reused and reworked for later specials like A Flintstone Christmas & Yogi's First Christmas! In 2002's A Scooby Doo Christmas, keep an eye out for Gumdrop as Scooby sniffs a mousehole! I noticed with all 3 stories on this disc, none of them have their original end logos concluding each special. The Town Santa Forgot was made in 1993, the same year as A Flintstone Family Christmas, and stars Jeremy Creek who was once the greediest boy in the world. In this half-hour poem narrated by Dick Van Dyke, Jeremy learns it's better to give than receive, when his REALLY long Christmas list causes Santa and his whole operation to have a miraculous mix-up with a poor and destitute town also called Jeremy Creek. And last but not least, one of Hanna-Barbera's collaborations with Harveytoons from 1979, Casper's First Christmas, which not only has Casper and Hairy Scary as they were from his Halloween special just 2 months earlier, but also stars Yogi Bear and his gang! In fact, 2 of the songs in Casper's First Christmas were reused and reworked for Yogi's First Christmas only 1 year later! Leave it to Casper's Ed Wynn-like roomie Hairy Scary to make a mess of things for Casper and his newfound friends, but like the Halloween special, here Hairy makes up for what he did in big ways, once again! My family's been complaining about classics like these not being on DVD for years, until summer 2012 when this and Rankin/Bass' Warner Archive DVD collection came out, and in Fall that year for here on Amazon! You won't find this in any real store, only online, like all Warner Archive releases. Go ahead and add this trio of Christmas classics to your library if you haven't already! Like I said before, you won't be sorry with these!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
My main reason for getting this DVD was for "A Christmas Story" and "Casper's First Christmas". "The Town That Santa Forgot" was nice, although I found that it really wasn't up to the level of the other two cartoons (Story and Casper were both produced in the 1970's, while Santa is from the early 1990's).
I remember seeing "Caspers First Christmas" on TV back in the 80's, and then it seemed to disappear from TV in the 90's and 2000's. "A Christmas Story" I only saw on TV once back in the early-1990's, and I was glad that I taped it back then since it's become a yearly favorite. Of course now that I have it on DVD I don't need to watch the worn-out VHS copy anymore.
However, its too bad that these Classics were not issued in the usual retail manner, since most people don't realize that they are out. And of course, not everybody's DVD player can playback DVD-R's. (Warner's Archive program uses DVD-R's, so some machines will not read them; also machines that are wearing out will not play the DVD-R's correctly as they need a stronger laser to reflect back at the disc correctly, and if your DVD player did play DVD-R's, but now won't or is skipping on them, then it is time for a new DVD player.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
The town Santa Forgot was one of my daughter's favorite Christmas shows...now she owns it!
Very cute stories BUT be warned - your child will want to watch it over and over and over.....sigh
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2014
I used to love watching these holiday television shows during the holidays, and since that it is now available out on DVD as well as Blue-Ray, I can be able to watch for whenever I want to.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2014
I was really only purchasing this for "Casper's First Christmas" as it features Casper, the Friendly Ghost with virtually all of the classic Hanna-Barbera characters like Yogi Bear and Quick Draw McGraw. Though this isn't the best stuff from H-B or of Casper, it is highly watchable considering the time it was made in the late 70s.
"A Christmas Story" was a great surprise. I had seen it when it originally aired, but totally forgot about it. It seems to be a generic special that originally aired in 1972, but also seems like a training ground for the upcoming H-B feature film "Charlotte's Web" which came out in 1973, as the characters are more realistic and fluid than what was typical for the time at H-B.
"The Town Santa Forgot" I have never seen before as it was made in the 80s. Even though I love cartoons, I tended to steer away from the inferior ones by this time as I was getting to be an adult and better stuff was now available on TV and home video. It's surprisingly good, with Dick Van Dyke narrating. I can't say it's excellent but it's highly watchable.
Overall, the three are a welcome addition to your holiday special shelf.