The Story Of Three: *Our Holiday Gift Guide* The Original Christmas Classics Blu-Ray

Friday, November 30, 2012

*Our Holiday Gift Guide* The Original Christmas Classics Blu-Ray

*This Is A Guest Post From Amanda At Open Hands, Read Her Review & Enter To Win!*



I remember as a kid looking forward to Frosty and Rudolph coming on TV and us all sitting down as family to enjoy them! What I really loved was, as a kid my dad worked a lot! So we didn't have a lot of time with him being home but every year when Rudolph came on we would sit down on his lap and watch it, Rudolph was his favorite Christmas cartoon when he was a kid and being able to enjoy that with him was a very special moment and is one of my favorite memories as a child.

 A few years ago we introduced our oldest son to Rudolph and Frosty. He LOVED Frosty but he was so scared of Rudolph, we couldn't get him to understand that the abominable snowmonster was really nice, he just had a tooth ache. The story was the same last year.

 This year we were sent these Christmas Classics along with Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Frosty Returns. We sat down with our boys and enjoyed Frosty and made our yearly attempt with Rudolph, and I am happy to say this year our almost 5 yr old gets it and really loved Rudolph! Passing down this great movie tradition is really special to our family. While Frosty Returns isn't as great as the original it is a fun addition to the classics and its nice to have a little change sometimes. :)


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:
This classic 1964 television special featuring Rudolph and his misfit buddies set the standard for stop-motion animation for an entire generation before Tim Burton darkly reinvented it in the early 1990s. Burl Ives narrates as Sam the Snowman, telling and singing the story of a rejected reindeer who overcomes prejudice and saves Christmas one particularly blustery year. Along the way, he meets an abundance of unforgettable characters: his dentally obsessed elf pal Hermey; the affable miner Yukon Cornelius and his motley crew of puppies; the scary/adorable Abominable Snow Monster; a legion of abandoned, but still chatty, toys; and a rather grouchy Santa. In addition to the title song that inspired it, this 53-minute tape is crammed with catchy tunes such as "Silver and Gold" and "Holly Jolly Christmas." Those who grew up looking forward to watching Rudolph every Christmas season will undoubtedly be able to recite the quotable quotes ("I'm cuuuute. She said I'm cuuuute." "Herbie doesn't like to make toys.") as well as any Casablanca cult audience. --Kimberly Heinrichs

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town:
This 53-minute, 1970 animated film may be the most delightful of those sundry, stop-motion animated Christmas perennials that show up on television during the holidays. The clay animation production, boasting a wonderful musical score and art direction that occasionally underscores the flower-power era in which it was born, tells the story of Santa's origins, in which Kris Kringle decides to get toys into the hands of poor children in gloomy Sombertown. Charmingly narrated by Fred Astaire and featuring voices by Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town presents a nice bridge between two generations of entertainment, the classic and the hip. --Tom Keogh

Frosty the Snowman:
Jimmy Durante narrates this Christmas story that is based on the song of the same name. To make up for the fact that her students are in school on Christmas Eve, the local schoolteacher hires the magician Professor Hinkle to entertain the kids. Unfortunately, he's not a very good magician. Frustrated in his attempt to pull a rabbit out of his hat, he throws it away in anger. Outside, the kids build a snowman (what to call it? Harold? Oatmeal? Frosty!), and when the hat blows onto it--Happy Birthday!--it comes to life. Professor Hinkle decides he wants the hat back so he can make money off of its newfound magical properties, but the kids want to save Frosty. When the temperature starts to rise, a new problem threatens Frosty's existence. Karen, the leader of the children, comes up with a plan to save him: take him on a train to the North Pole, where it's always cold. With a cameo by Santa Claus, and the promise of Frosty's return every year, this story of life, death, and holiday cheer is glazed with the sweet frosting of hope and happiness. A true holiday classic. --Andy Spletzer

Frosty Returns:
n the same way that many a Hollywood sequel has little to do with the first film, Frosty Returns has almost nothing in common with the original Frosty the Snowman, aside from a man made of snow. The biggest difference is that this Frosty doesn't need a magic hat to come to life. The story: In the town of Beansboro, old Mr. Twitchell has invented an aerosol spray that can remove snow without the hassle of shoveling or plows. This frightens Frosty, who enlists the help of amateur magician Holly and her friend Charles to stop the old coot. Made in 1992, Frosty Returns has an animation style that looks like a cross between the old Schoolhouse Rock and Peanuts cartoons, with voice talent that includes Jonathan Winters, Andrea Martin, Jan Hooks, Brian Doyle-Murray, and John Goodman as Frosty. The story may be divisive, pitting children against adults and a pro-snow contingent against anti-snow people, but the songs are catchy and the message is one that ultimately empowers kids. Like a hero from an old Western, this Frosty is a wanderer who leaves when his job is done so he can work his magic elsewhere. --Andy Spletzer

Product Description

Four original holiday favorites make the perfect stocking stuffer for the young and the young at heart. Includes Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Burl Ives. 1964/65 min.), Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney. 1970/55 min.), Frosty the Snowman (Jimmy Durante. 1969/30 min.) and Frosty Returns (Jonathan Winters. 1992/25 min.). Animated. 2 Discs. Color/NR





 We are really enjoying this set of DVD's at the start of the Christmas season. You can purchase this box set for just $21.26 on Amazon and one of you will win the Collection to bring into your home! Please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win!! This giveaway will remain open until Friday, Dec 7th! (unlike most giveaways I am only giving this one a week so you can receive it in time to enjoy before the holiday) Good Luck!!!


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