RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY: The Thin Line Between Tedious and Awesome

Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979) – a Rankin-Bass Production – Starring Billie Mae Richards, Jackie Vernon, Red Buttons, Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman, Paul Frees, Alan Sues, Shelly Winters, and Don Messick. Containing some of the finest stop-motion Rankin-Bass produced, RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY gives off contradictory vibes. When the film takes…

JACK FROST: I Literally Do Not Understand This Special

Jack Frost (1979) – a Rankin-Bass Production – Starring Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch, Debra Klinger, and Don Messick. I keep going back and forth trying to decide if JACK FROST is more properly described as the year Rankin-Bass smoked a big bowl of crack or the year they willingly decided to…

THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS: The Year With a Snow Miser and Heat Miser

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) – a Rankin-Bass Production; adapted from the Phyllis McGinley book – Starring Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden, and Bradley Bolke. Featuring great songs, great vocal acting, the always enjoyable Rankin-Bass stop-motion animation, memorable secondary characters, and an interesting storyline, YEAR WITHOUT A…