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The Original Television Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town / Frosty the Snowman / Frosty Returns / The Little Drummer Boy) (1969)

Fred Astaire , Mickey Rooney , Arthur Rankin Jr. , Bill Melendez  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Billie Mae Richards
  • Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Bill Melendez, Evert Brown, Jules Bass, Larry Roemer
  • Writers: Jim Lewis, Johnny Marks
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Animated
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I82Z0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Original Television Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town / Frosty the Snowman / Frosty Returns / The Little Drummer Boy)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Inlcudes the five classic TV shows on 3 DVDs plus a 12-song music CD

Editorial Reviews

The original television holiday classics now are available with deluxe packaging and a 12-song music CD with music from the all-time favorite television specials known the world over!

"Frosty the Snowman:" When Frosty the Snowman comes to life, he must weather a storm of adventures and the dastardly plans of an evil magician before he can find safety and happiness at the North Pole.

"Frosty Returns:" This is the adventure of a little girl named Holly and her very special friend, Frosty the Snowman. Holly has to convince the people of Beansboro to save the magical winter dust--and Frosty--when a power-hungry tycoon invents a product that will eliminate snow. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:" Christmas has been cancelled! Or, it will be if Santa Claus can't find a way to guide his sleigh through a fierce blizzard. Rudolph to the rescue!

"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town:" A cheery, delightful story tells how Kris Kringle got his start as the world's most famous gift giver by struggling to bring toys and happiness to the children of Sombertown.

"The Little Drummer Boy:" In this touching Christmas classic, an evil man kidnaps an orphaned drummer boy. After he escapes, he searches for his camel and finds him at the birthplace of the baby Jesus. Having no gift for him, he gives the only gift he has--a song on his drum.

All five titles are on three discs and contain Spanish-language tracks.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Set! October 2, 2003
By D. Earp
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Wow! Where to start? What a wonderful set! Well lets start with:
Santa Claus is Comin' To Town, an exciting look at how Santa began. Good to put on for young children to help answer those burning Santa questions. At some points, questions are actually asked by children about Santa, which are answered by the narrator Fred Astaire. I really like the character of BurgerMeister MeisterBurger who is one of the evil characters Santa must get past to be able to deliver his presents. The score is wonderful too, my fave being "Put one Foot in front of the Other".
The Little Drummer Boy, which is found on the same disc as Santa Claus is comin to Town is right up there with the tissue factor as another R/B special Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. This story is about a little boy named Aaron who has had a huge tragedy in his life, bringing him to hate humans. His only friends, therefore, being a camel, donkey and lamb who dance to the beat of his drum. The strange foursome end up being a part of the very first Christmas on that very holy night.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, is probably most R/B fans favourite. The Story based on the song of the same name, follows Rudolph as he battles to gain respect, due to his bright red nose. He is joined by Hermey, one of Santas elves who wants to be a dentist, not an elf, and together decide to be "a couple of misfits". It is narrated by Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman and probably has the best set of songs as a whole out of all the other R/B specials. Plus with so many other great characters, Yukon Cornelious, Abominable, Clarice, Donner and Mrs Donner and of course Santa and Mrs Claus, you can't go wrong.
Frosty the Snowman, although animated and not claymation, is still one of my faves every year.
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172 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would rate it more stars if possible.... July 12, 2001
This is it! The Quinticential DVD set for your collection! This contains some of the VERY BEST family films EVER MADE! You MUST OWN THIS DVD. It's GREAT that Rankin/Bass are getting credit for their work for a change. The films include:
1.) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - Who doesn't knoww this film? (Actually there are quite a few people who I have met who have NEVER seen this! ) I am shocked when I find people who have NEVER know the story about the Reindeer with the red nose, the Dentist Elf, the carzy prospector who looks for Silver and Gold, but ends up with a Peppermint Mine (It is in the NEW Director's Cut Edition), the Abominable "Bumble" Snow Monster of the North, the Island of Misfit Toys, the Skinny Santa Claus, it's all here! This is the stuff that dreams are made of! This story, along with EVERY other GREAT Christmas film (excluding the Grinch) was written by one GREAT man, Mr. Romeo Muller. He also wrote the Puff the Magic Dragon series and several other films as well. You can not go wrong with this man's GREAT work! The man was a genius who REALLY understood children! If you have earlier editions of this movie buy this Golden Books edition, because it has over 5 minutes of footage not seen since 1964, when it originally aired. (There is even stuff in this tape that was NOT shown on CBS in the publisised restored edition that has aired for the last 2 years.) If you have seen this movie, buy this version, if you have never seen this movie, I suggest that you buy it as well! I grew up on this story as a child! I watched it all year round and you and your children will too, with no doubt.
2.) The Little Drummer Boy - This is a FINE example of what Christmas is ALL ABOUT and not being too preachy.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The 2005 Releases Have Been Altered! November 20, 2005
I just want to let everyone know that the versions that they are selling this year (2005) of this set look exactly the same as least year's (2004) but have been altered! Some special content has been cut! Rankin's introductions are among the cuts. True, these intros were horribly corny and he failed miserably at trying to be intellectually profound in them but still it was part of the set's charm! Also, there are advertisements at the beginning of the discs now that can't be skipped!!!! If you're going to buy this set (which is otherwise great) do yourself a favor, go to ebay and buy a copy of last year's release. You can recognize it because it's packaged with a Rudolph figure.

The alterations are the only reason I rated this so low.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a Classic Christmas with Someone you Love! August 29, 2004
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This wonderful, new DVD set, "The Ultimate DVD Christmas Pack" has all of the classic shows that have become so dear to us.

These DVD's were released before, but this set has brand new packaging, plus a Holiday music CD is included!

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", perhaps the greatest Christmas show of all-time is in my view, the best part of this set.

A Puppet/Animated Snowman played by classic "Holly Jolly Christmas" Singer Burl Ives, tells us to "Pull up an Ice Block" and join him, as he tells us the classic story of how a Reindeer named Rudolph went from being a "misfit" to being the only one who could save Christmas from being canceled, due to the extraordinary Snowstorm.

Only Rudolph's shiny Nose (you could even say it glows) can illuminate Santa's view of the houses of all of the Good Boys and Girls, so that Santa can make his annual Christmas visit!

Lovable characters, and the classic moral story that all of us have importance combine to make Christmas magic!

In "Santa Claus is coming to town", we learn how Kris Kringle becomes Santa Claus, and what he has to go through to bring happiness to children all around the world.

We also see how Santa meets Mrs Claus! This is a wonderful story, told and sung by Fred Astaire, that adults and kids alike, will enjoy.

Who could forget the most famous Snowman of all?

I'll give you a hint....he had a special Hat that "magically" gave him life.

That's right! Frosty The Snowman!

This delightful cartoon, told and sung by Jimmy "Acha Cha Cha" Durante is considered by many to be right there with "Rudolph" as the most beloved Christmas show ever!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
All time great holiday movies.
Published 1 month ago by Diana Abete
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful addition to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by I. Kozlik
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Television Christmas Classics Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer
Glad to get for 26 year old granddaughter who loved this when a child and wanted a copy for life.
Published 5 months ago by harriette adkerson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Television Christmas Classics
This a Classic Collection of the movies you see every year. This is worth getting for your collection. This also keeps kids busy watching it.
Published 6 months ago by GypsyKat
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like it should be.
Looking for nostalgia? Old times? Family fun? This is it. Sit back and watch these classics which are no longer made this way, pure stop-motion at its best!
Published 6 months ago by M. M. Orta
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it
My Mother in law has one and we watched it with her and felt it was due time that we got one to add to our movie collection. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tiffany
5.0 out of 5 stars TV Classics
This was also purchased as a gift for youngsters in the family. They love Rudolph and I thought it was nice that there were other classics offered on this dvd. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kathleen kotouch
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memories!
Bought this for my 4 year old grandson and he loves watching all these! Brings back such wonderful memories for me to watch along with him - good times!!
Published 12 months ago by YayaTN
3.0 out of 5 stars happy to get my product
I am happy to say that I have got my movie in the mail. It came as advertised. not sure if the disc work but they look good
Published 13 months ago by Linzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fun to watch
Great little movie. This was on television every holiday season years ago. It is still fun to watch. The little kids love it!
Published 15 months ago by Gabby
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