Christmas videos

Happy New Year, everybody! Let’s hope this year is better than the last one. In other words, no more surgeries and long hospital stays for myself and members of my family. Between my problems, my cousin damaging his skull (praise God he’s healed), and my Dad having work on his hand (plus an old co-worker who had a motorcycle accident and needed leg surgery and my neighbor who lost a foot), one of my best friends losing his mom to the same cancer that killed his dad years earlier, and one of my reviewer colleagues whose stepfather died in a car accident, this has been a horrible year even if you don’t follow politics and celebrities. I’m praying for a better 2017. I’m also hoping to get back to my clutter-clearing in force and working on other projects that I hope will lead to bettering my future.

I know I usually do this on Christmas, but I didn’t get THIS year’s Christmas video review done for my other site (and it’s still not done) as I was rushing to get a comic done for Christmas day (which was a day late). I’m rather annoyed by that, but it’s been that kind of year, folks. Still, today’s review from last year’s Christmas is something I actually own, and so it works for this site, while last year’s review was done of something I found online (and came from two years ago).

Rankin/Bass’s The Little Drummer Boy comes from a collection of videos released by Sony Wonder as part of their “Original Television Christmas Classics” box set, seen above on the left. My version looks like a little book, but more recent releases just uses the typical set containers. They’re all Rankin/Bass productions, and my version was packaged with a separate video containing the subject of my first BW Christmas Video Review, A Cricket On The Hearth. So let’s see how this movie holds up.

I’ll be going back to this collection for the next Christmas review (which I’m hoping to post on my other site this Saturday) but it’s a good collection. The disk for this movie is joined with another classic, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, as well as the original Frosty The Snowman, the “we lost the rights to the actual sequel so let’s put something together Frosty Returns (which I admit I don’t recall actually watching yet), and the classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer that is the basis for my Santa sleigh decoration. It’s a nice set, although I wish they had the rights to Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, the actual sequel, and The Year Without A Santa Claus, which is also a must-own from the Rankin/Bass Christmas library (and superior to that live-action garbage they put out a few years ago). There’s even a music CD with songs from the specials, which is a great bonus to this set. If you come across it, I recommend it, although I don’t know know what’s in the modern collections. These are specials that are most welcome to any Christmas special collection.