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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) (2007)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000R7G6JA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

Bonus Holiday CD: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Silver & Gold" by Burl Ives, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Bobby Rydell, "Let it Snow" by Chicago, "Winter Wonderland" by Jewel, and "Merry Christmas Baby" by Otis Redding.

Editorial Reviews

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:
This classic 1964 television special featuring Rudolph and his misfit buddies set the standard for stop-motion animation for an entire generation before Tim Burton darkly reinvented it in the early 1990s. Burl Ives narrates as Sam the Snowman, telling and singing the story of a rejected reindeer who overcomes prejudice and saves Christmas one particularly blustery year. Along the way, he meets an abundance of unforgettable characters: his dentally obsessed elf pal Hermey; the affable miner Yukon Cornelius and his motley crew of puppies; the scary/adorable Abominable Snow Monster; a legion of abandoned, but still chatty, toys; and a rather grouchy Santa. In addition to the title song that inspired it, this 53-minute tape is crammed with catchy tunes such as "Silver and Gold" and "Holly Jolly Christmas." Those who grew up looking forward to watching Rudolph every Christmas season will undoubtedly be able to recite the quotable quotes ("I'm cuuuute. She said I'm cuuuute." "Herbie doesn't like to make toys.") as well as any Casablanca cult audience. --Kimberly Heinrichs

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town:
This 53-minute, 1970 animated film may be the most delightful of those sundry, stop-motion animated Christmas perennials that show up on television during the holidays. The clay animation production, boasting a wonderful musical score and art direction that occasionally underscores the flower-power era in which it was born, tells the story of Santa's origins, in which Kris Kringle decides to get toys into the hands of poor children in gloomy Sombertown. Charmingly narrated by Fred Astaire and featuring voices by Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town presents a nice bridge between two generations of entertainment, the classic and the hip. --Tom Keogh

Frosty the Snowman:
Jimmy Durante narrates this Christmas story that is based on the song of the same name. To make up for the fact that her students are in school on Christmas Eve, the local schoolteacher hires the magician Professor Hinkle to entertain the kids. Unfortunately, he's not a very good magician. Frustrated in his attempt to pull a rabbit out of his hat, he throws it away in anger. Outside, the kids build a snowman (what to call it? Harold? Oatmeal? Frosty!), and when the hat blows onto it--Happy Birthday!--it comes to life. Professor Hinkle decides he wants the hat back so he can make money off of its newfound magical properties, but the kids want to save Frosty. When the temperature starts to rise, a new problem threatens Frosty's existence. Karen, the leader of the children, comes up with a plan to save him: take him on a train to the North Pole, where it's always cold. With a cameo by Santa Claus, and the promise of Frosty's return every year, this story of life, death, and holiday cheer is glazed with the sweet frosting of hope and happiness. A true holiday classic. --Andy Spletzer

Frosty Returns:
n the same way that many a Hollywood sequel has little to do with the first film, Frosty Returns has almost nothing in common with the original Frosty the Snowman, aside from a man made of snow. The biggest difference is that this Frosty doesn't need a magic hat to come to life. The story: In the town of Beansboro, old Mr. Twitchell has invented an aerosol spray that can remove snow without the hassle of shoveling or plows. This frightens Frosty, who enlists the help of amateur magician Holly and her friend Charles to stop the old coot. Made in 1992, Frosty Returns has an animation style that looks like a cross between the old Schoolhouse Rock and Peanuts cartoons, with voice talent that includes Jonathan Winters, Andrea Martin, Jan Hooks, Brian Doyle-Murray, and John Goodman as Frosty. The story may be divisive, pitting children against adults and a pro-snow contingent against anti-snow people, but the songs are catchy and the message is one that ultimately empowers kids. Like a hero from an old Western, this Frosty is a wanderer who leaves when his job is done so he can work his magic elsewhere. --Andy Spletzer

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol:
This 1962 special marked the last hurrah of Mr. Magoo, who starred in 43 cartoon shorts, including two Oscar® winners, from the UPA Studio between 1949 and 1959. Magoo appears as Scrooge in a Broadway production of "A Christmas Carol" in this minimally animated hour. The play-within-the-show features forgettable songs by Jules Styne and Bob Merrill: Tiny Tim ("played" by the animated character Gerald McBoing-Boing) sings, oddly, of "razzle berry dressing" and "woofle jelly cake." This retelling of Dickens's holiday standard is much tamer than Richard Williams's Oscar-winning adaptation: the ghosts aren't scary, nor does Magoo confront the specters of Ignorance and Want. Small children who might be frightened by more dramatic versions of the story will enjoy this mild program. And the self-satisfied chuckles and bromides Jim Backus gives Magoo in his lighter moments remain as delightful as ever. This film is suitable for ages 6 and older. --Charles Solomon

Little Drummer Boy:
The model animation techniques in this 1968 Rankin and Bass TV chestnut are primitive by today's standards, and picky kids may reject them out of hand. The story, however, which elaborates on the popular Christmas song about a shepherd boy who plays his drum for the baby Jesus and makes the animals dance, is a little more tough-minded than you might expect. The kid begins the story as what we'd now call a neglected child, a surly urchin who says he hates all people. He's pulled back from the brink, first by learning to make music, and then by his encounter with the Christ child. The underlying message alone--that everybody has something worth contributing--qualifies the show for holiday-perennial status. The big-name voice performers, Jose Ferrer and Greer Garson (who narrates), may be a little too ponderous for the occasion, but the familiar cartoony tones of Paul Frees (aka Boris Badenov) and June Forey (aka Rocket J. Squirrel) help liven up the proceedings. It's only 23 minutes long, so it's worth a shot for younger children. --David Chute

Product Description

Includes 7 Holiday Favorites:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Who’s got a nose for Christmas? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Just in time for the holidays, here comes Rudolph in the most beloved special of all time! Packed with a sleigh full of memorable songs and unforgettable characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lights up the hearts of young and old alike.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Where does Santa’s suit come from? Why does he slide down the chimney? Why does he live at the North Pole? The answers to all these questions and the origins of our favorite holiday traditions are revealed in this delightful classic about Kris Kringle, the world’s most famous gift giver.

Frosty the Snowman
Look at Frosty Go! What’s become a bigger holiday tradition than building a snowman? Watching the original Christmas classic, Frosty the Snowman! Grab your scarf, bundle up, and get ready for the incredible adventure of a magical snowman who’s got enough personality to win over the whole family. You can’t go wrong with Frosty!
Frosty Returns

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
Bah Humbug, Mr. Magoo! In this first-ever animated holiday TV special, the bumbling and loveable Mr. Magoo is Ebeneezer Scrooge in a hilarious and heartwarming musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic, "A Christmas Carol".

The Little Drummer Boy
This story has touched the hearts of families everywhere. In this holiday classic, the true spirit of Christmas is revealed when a lonely orphan stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus and affirms what the holidays are really about – giving and love. Featuring a beautiful soundtrack by the Vienna Boys’ Choir, this timeless tale of generosity makes the perfect addition to your holiday collection.

Cricket on the Hearth
A delightful, animated musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, 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.

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170 of 179 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Must Haves and More! January 8, 2008
Classic Media brings us 7 Christmas specials in one gorgeous package in its "Original Christmas Classics" DVD collection. The headliners of this set are the three greatest Rankin/Bass Christmas TV specials of all-time: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town! In addition to these, we are treated to "The Little Drummer Boy", "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol", "Cricket on the Hearth", and "Frosty Returns". Plus, a CD of holiday music selections is even included as a bonus!

Disc One features everyone's favorite Rankin/Bass special, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Based on the beloved song, it's the stop-motion "animagic" classic from 1964 about a little reindeer born with a nose that glows red! Teased about his nose as a child, Rudolph runs away from Santa's village and makes new friends along the way but also encounters the frightening Bumble snow-beast! Then, when a fog comes up to threaten Santa's Christmas Eve flight, it's only Rudolph's nose that can save the day! Featuring unforgettable songs from Burl Ives (who plays Sam the Snowman) and others, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" has become a holiday tradition loved by millions!

Also on Disc One is "Cricket on the Hearth." Introduced by Danny Thomas and starring the voices of himself, his daughter Marlo, Roddy McDowall, Hans Conried, Paul Frees, and more, this 1967 traditionally animated special is a musical version of Charles Dickens' classic. It's the story of a toymaker and his daughter who befriend a helpful cricket that saves the day after the family falls on hard times. "Cricket on the Hearth" is a lesser known Rankin/Bass production and not as endearing as their bigger hits, but it is still a nice holiday viewing you probably haven't seen before.
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153 of 167 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classics + a show that does not belong here November 26, 2007
We all love "Rudolph," and "Frosty," and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." "Little Drummer Boy" still makes me weep like a baby and the little known "Cricket on the Hearth" is a buried gem. I can even accept the odd addition of "Mr Magoo" (which is not a Rankin-Bass product) to the collection, but I have no idea who thought it was a good idea to put the NON-Rankin Bass Frosty special here instead of the "real" Frosty sequel: "Frosty's Winter Wonderland."

Don't be fooled. "Frosty Returns" is NOT by Rankin Bass and does not feature Jackie Vernon as voice of the venerable snowman or Karen the little girl or the story of Jack Frost trying to steal the hat so all the children will appreciate him instead of Frosty. "Frosty Returns" is a poorly written and poorly animated "special" and does not belong surrounded by these other true Christmas classics. But if you don't mind that and Magoo, it is a great collection of some of the TRUE holiday classics.Frosty's Winter Wonderland/Twas the Night Before Christmas
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Christmas Classics June 24, 2009
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Just wanted to say that "Siver and Gold" is right in there where it's supposed to be, right after The Misfits meet Yukon Cornelius. Plus there's a cute little scene at very end (not included in the broadcast TV version) where Yukon discovers a peppermint mine...

...if your kids haven't seen these classics they're missing out!

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks great but with some weird sounds November 27, 2007
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I watched Rudolph with my wife and kids last night. They loved it! It looks great, but when Clarice sings her song ("There's Always Tomorrow"), a high pitched whine was audible throughout the song.(very high pitched, some people wont be able to hear it) I couldn't hardly believe my ears. The rest of the movie was flawless and has a few small scenes that I've never seen/noticed before.

All in all a great addition to my Christmas collection
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it for my mom for Christmas November 29, 2007
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I got this set for my mom for Christmas not only does she enjoy them but i do as well..growing up watching them on TV with her now i dont have to miss it when it comes get all the great classics plus a cd of songs i would recommend this set for everyone who enjoys watching these once a year now you get to watch them whenever you like..the box it comes in is beautiful as well :) 5 stars and you cant beat the price
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classics... December 7, 2007
I love this series! I'm 33 years old and it takes me back to being a kid when they played the cartoons on tv on Sunday nights. My son (he's 4) absolutely adores Rudolph.

This is great collection because it has the classic songs and cartoons. The Cricket on the Hearth is included in this set and it's a little bizzare, but all in all this is the greatest set I've seen yet.

There is also a music CD included. It's awesome.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rankin/Bass Classic Christmas-a-thon! December 11, 2007
This box set includes the four original classic Christmas specials from Rankin/Bass: RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER, SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN, THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY & FROSTY THE SNOWMAN. These are all without question excellent holiday productions that have not only stood the test of time, but, if anything, become more popular as the years go by and have been permanently woven into the perennial fabric of Christmas. There are also 3 extra specials on this box-set, the recently unearthed and long forgotten about Rankin/Bass special CRICKET ON THE HEARTH and two non-Rankin/Bass specials MR MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL and the horrendous sequel FROSTY RETURNS. MR MAGOO seems out-of-place on this box set but it is a nice special while FROSTY RETURNS is out-of-place and terrible and really should have been left off. But I'm not going to subtract any stars for additional material, as it is just that, and you can choose if you want to watch it or not. All of the specials look and sound great except for THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY which for some reason has a very grainy look to it and some audio issues as well. There is another box set available from Warner Home Video entitled "CHRISTMAS TELEVISION CLASSICS" which includes some other popular Rankin/Bass specials such as "Year Without A Santa Claus", "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" and "Frosty's Winter Wonderland". It would be nice if there could be a complete Rankin/Bass box set but seeing as how their catalog is owned by two seperate companies (the older ones by Classic Media and the newer ones by Warner) unfortunately, this will not be happening any time soon. Until then we will have Classic Media releasing these four classic with whatever add-on specials they can find, and Warner releasing their specials and trying hard to make the cover art look like they are actually these four specials.
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This has always been my Christmas favorites! Had to order for my niece. She loves it!!
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All the classics for my kids to enjoy too. Great value!
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All of my favorite Christmas classics! Got this for my daughter and my friends son.
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How can you not love these!? Grew up on them, love to share them with my kids. They love them as well, great holiday tradition. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kid classics
The kid classics I grew up with. had to have them.
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A set of stories that is from a different world--that of my childhood. May be a little slow and plain for today's child, but my grandson did get into them.
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