A Very Animated Christmas

There are few characters more easily recognizable than Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. One of the reasons for that is how prominently they’ve been featured in various media forms over the years.

For those of us in Generation X, there’s a really good chance that when you think of those (and so many other) characters, you think of the animated (either stop-motion or classic style) versions put out on TV by Rankin-Bass from the mid-60s through 2001.

Here’s a quick list of all the Christmas-related specials they did in that time:

  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  • Cricket on the Hearth (1967)
  • The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
  • Frosty the Snowman (1969)
  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
  • The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975)
  • Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976)
  • Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976)
  • The Little Drummer Boy, Book II (1976)
  • Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)
  • The Stingiest Man in Town (1978)
  • Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979) (summer)
  • Jack Frost (1979)
  • Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980)
  • The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold (1981)
  • The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1985)
  • Santa Baby! (2001)

That’s… a lot of shows piling up in subsequent years (like all through the 80s). Honestly, I don’t even remember all of these, so we can safely say that some were much better than others.

Tell me which one is your favorite.

And watch me go on about these in today’s vlog.

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