What I’ll be watching today…

…at some point or other, in no particular order:

A Charlie Brown Christmas–1965 (honoured with both an Emmy and Peabody Award), The Little Drummer Boy–1968 (stop motion animated film produced by Rankin/Bass), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!–1966 (in which Boris Karloff, in one of his final roles, narrates and also provides the speaking voice of The Grinch), Frosty the Snowman–1969 (produced for television by Rankin/Bass and featuring the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as narrator (in his final performance in a film) and Jackie Vernon as Frosty. This special marked the first use of traditional cel animation (as opposed to stop-motion animation) for Rankin/Bass in a Christmas special), Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town–1970 (in its unexpurgated version. ABC now airs it annually and has cut some songs as well several scenes that they think may be traumatizing to younger viewers, including the scene where the Burgermeister Meisterburger torches the seized toys in front of the children of Sombertown. But, and I quote, “No evidence of traumatization has been recorded by previous generations of children.” Quelle surprise!), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer–1964 (telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest running Christmas TV special in history, and one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still being telecast, the others being A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman), and The Year Without a Santa Claus–1974 (based on Phyllis McGinley’s 1956 book of the same name, illustrated by Kurt Werth).

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