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The Little Drummer Boy


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Product Details

  • Actors: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles, Greer Garson
  • Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Takeya Nakamura
  • Writers: Romeo Muller
  • Producers: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000R7G6KY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Little Drummer Boy" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

I am so glad it was remastered and now available on DVD.
James
This is a sweet story, about a poor little drummer boy who can only offer a gift of song to the baby Jesus.
Heather L. Parisi
Love watching classic Christmas movies during the holiday season.
lh

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Stickler4quality on December 11, 2010
Format: DVD
The original Christmas special, as shown on television in the late sixties and seventies, and as produced on VHS in the eighties, was a tasteful gem, with a rare, austere beauty, evocative music and a raw, deep emotional core. Sadly, this DVD does not come close to the original viewing experience because so many critical audio bits were not transferred in the conversion process. Most of Aaron's animal friends' bleats and grunts are gone, even at the moment when the lamb is injured he's mute, the yelp has disappeared. And one of the most poignant lines in the special - "and when Aaron looked at the babe, he thought it was the most beautiful sight he had ever seen," has been altered, the original line, as delivered beautifully by narrator Greer Garson, is replaced, inexplicably, by actor Paul Frees. In the final moments of the production, the baby Jesus makes an adorably natural murmuring sound from manger but this CRITICAL sound too is GONE. Obviously, what's been sold a resoration is merely an earlier rough cut that does not contain all the audio refinements added prior to completion. Please fix this Rankin Bass!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This video is not a sugary "warm-fuzzy". Instead, it deals with the reality of life, which is sometimes harsh. Life is not perfect, yet there is strength to be found in the perfect love of Jesus. I recommend it to parents who want their children to appreciate the true reason for CHRISTmas.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By The Christmas Boy on May 16, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a FINE example of what Christmas is ALL ABOUT and not being too preachy. This is the story about Aaron, the Little Drummer Boy, who hates all people because his family was murdered by a group of Desert Thieves. Aaron is kidnapped by Ben Harmed, the greedy and crooked, self proclaimed "Kin of the Desert Showmen". (played superbly by Hosse' Ferrer) and his bubling assistant, Ollie. The story is told by Greer Garason, with a great air of dignanty. I cry every time I watch this story and there is good reason why (not tears of sadness, but tears of joy over the words of the African King about the Christ Child, because he is SO right!) This story was created by the GREAT Romeo Muller, who is the FINEST children's writer who EVER lived! You can't go wrong with a story writen by Romeo Muller. This one, in fact was his most favorite story that he ever wrote for Rankin/Bass Productions (his most favorite he EVER wrote was NOEL, which is also on video.) But I would HIGHLY recomend this film to anyone and everyone. It's VERY enjoyable and you and your family will love it.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By L. M Young VINE VOICE on October 10, 2004
Format: DVD
If you love the Rankin-Bass version of this classic story and don't have a copy, or simply want a copy in Spanish, go ahead and buy this DVD. It's a moving, lovely story. Otherwise, STEER CLEAR of this supposedly "restored" DVD. This is the same hideous copy of LITTLE DRUMMER BOY that they included as a "bonus" on the SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN DVD and if I could give this stand-alone version zero stars I would.

This is one of my favorite Christmas specials and I can't believe they would release the story to DVD in such a shabby manner. My Broadway Video VHS tape is heads and shoulders above this awful version. The DVD video portion is full of dirt and flecks and is very dark and muddy in places. The entire musical background when Aaron sings "Why Can't The Animals Smile?" is MISSING. In another part of the story, a man's voice reads Greer Garson's narration. There are some wonderful video/audio editing tools available today. When LITTLE DRUMMER BOY shows up on local television stations at Christmastime these missing bits of the soundtrack ARE included and they're also on the videotape version. I can't believe some judicious editing couldn't incorporate those bits of soundtrack to the DVD version and the "restorers" couldn't clean up the picture some in the bargain. If they didn't have a complete print, why did they foist off this horrible copy on us as a "restored" version?

I am going to try to return this and look forward to seeing a complete DVD version if it is ever released. But for now I'm sticking to my COMPLETE videotape.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2004
Format: DVD
I love this movie and cry everytime I watch it. Perhaps it is too religious for some people, but not for me. After all, Christmas is the birth of Jesus, that's what it's all about.

This movie shows the tenderness of the Season, the reason for the Season and the love of God. I really think this is one DVD that everyone should own and watch every Christmas, if just to remember what it's all about.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Paul on December 3, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I was pleased to see this video when it first came out and I recommend it very much. I watched it with my sons, who were born in 1965 and 1966, all the years they were growing up. They are now fine parents themselves. I believe it expresses very well the true meaning of Christ-mas. The review from T. Liptak says it very well. It puts Christ back into Christmas where He belongs. It was and still is one of very few videos that tell what Christmas is about - the greatest gift of all to a sad and needy world - the gift of Christ, that's why we celebrate Christ-mas.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Hutchcraft on October 31, 2007
Format: DVD
Visual quality grainy. Sound quality below average.

WHO CARES? When a Christmas special is this good, those things fall by the wayside. I remember watching this as a kid. I truly wish they made specials like this in this century. So much tinsel and Santa (both fine), but SO little substance...

This is a great, heartfelt story about a child finding the most important person and relationship any of us can find...Jesus.
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