If you think Christmas started early in the stores, wait until you read tonight’s TV schedule. It’s not even December and some heavy-hitting Christmas specials are knocking on your door. It’s okay to answer, they’re harmless. Mostly. Set the DVR or the TiVo, or sit cozy knowing you have these Christmas classics on DVD.
Christmas on TV: November 30, 2010
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Airs: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 8/7c on CBS
For those jaded by 3D: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is not a “cheesy” Christmas special. It’s a classic. Anyone who thinks the animation is poor or bad does not understand the work that goes into stop motion animation. The puppets were moved physically and each tiny movement was photographed. The individual images are pieced together.
Rankin/Bass were not the first to use stop motion animation, but they produced two of the most popular Christmas TV specials with the technique (the other is “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”) Add the voice of “Burl Ives” to the seemingly magical movements of Rudolph, Santa, Hermey, Yukon Corenlius and the Bumble and you have holiday magic.
Fast Facts About “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
– “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” originally aired in 1964.
– The Misfit Elf who wants to be a dentist: his name is Hermey although promotional materials labeled him as Herbie, according to Rankin/Bass.
“The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”
Airs: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 8/7c on ABC
This is not the remake with Jim Carrey (from 2000). This Christmas special ranks up there with Rudolph, thanks to Chuck Jones’ animation direction skills and the voice of Boris Karloff. Join Cindy Lou Who for some roast beast and watch the Grinch’s heart grow and grow.
Fast Facts About “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”
– Boris Karloff was not Dr. Seuss’ choice for the voice of the Grinch. He even disputed the choice because he believed the voice of Karloff was “too scary.”
– Do you know who wrote the songs for movie? Dr. Seuss himself.