Sunday, December 24, 2006

T'was the Night Before Christmas

Clearly, there would have been an absence of holiday joy had it not been for the many Rankin and Bass animated Christmas specials that dominated many of our childhoods.

In my experience, a testiment to their importance was the frenzy created amongst coworkers by the Rankin and Bass themed miniature dolls I placed in my office a few years ago. The dolls were replicas of the green-vested, banjo playing Snowman (the narrator) and the wavy-haired elf dentist named "Hermey" featured in the "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" special. I was even advised to keep my eye on those miniatures, for fear that colleagues could at any given moment swipe them from behind my back (or right in front of me for that matter).

Remember the videos below? Click to view:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Frosty the Snowman

The Stingiest Man in Town

Pinocchio's Christmas

The First Christmas Snow

All this being said, I have to say that my favorite Rankin and Bass special (and it's hard to choose just one) was Twas the Night Before Christmas (or the one that's narrated by a mouse). Remember it? Of course you do!

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