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Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection
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A dog and a mouse head for the North Pole to deliver a lost letter. Hanna-Barbera superstars lend a helping hand to the world’s friendliest ghost. The greediest boy in the world discovers the magic of giving. What could three such different tales have in common? Hanna-Barbera and Santa Claus, that’s what! Hanna-Barbera assembled its mightiest talents of pen and voice to produce one of its first forays into prime-time animated Christmas specials, A Christmas Story, the tale of Goober and Gumdrop’s quest to save Christmas for one little boy. Dick Van Dyke narrates The Town Santa Forgot, based on Charmaine Severson’s beloved poem “Jeremy Creek” about the confusion created by a gargantuan wish list. Casper’s First Christmas sees Casper facing a Christmas Eve eviction when he receives holiday help from the likes of Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Quick Draw McGraw, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy. This collection includes: A Christmas Story (1971), The Town Santa Forgot (1993), Casper's First Christmas (1979)
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"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.
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.)
The Town Santa Forgot (5 stars)
I really enjoyed this cartoon and liked the moral of the story! It is about a boy who is very greedy and wrote santa a letter with a long list of presents he wanted but he didn't get it. He learns through this however that it is better to give than receive!
A Christmas Story (5 stars)
I loved this cartoon and really enjoyed the characters! It is about a dog and a mouse trying to find santa to make sure a little boy got christmas!
Casper's First Christmas (5 stars)
I really loved this cartoon and have always loved Casper! It is about Hairy Scary learning the true meaning of christmas! Casper and HairyScary spend christmas with Yogi bear and friends!