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The Little Drummer Boy
The Little Drummer Boy
Actors: Josť Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles, Greer Garson
Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Takeya Nakamura
Genres: Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Television, Animation
NR     2007     0hr 25min

This story has touched the hearts of families everywhere. In this holiday classic, the true spirit of Christmas is revealed when a lonely orphan stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus and affirms what the holidays are ...  more »


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Actors: Josť Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles, Greer Garson
Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Takeya Nakamura
Creators: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Romeo Muller
Genres: Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Television, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Classics, Christmas, Music Artists, Classic Rock, Television, Animation
Studio: Classic Media
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Animated
DVD Release Date: 09/04/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 0hr 25min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish
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Movie Reviews

Puts the true meaning of Christmas back into the holiday.
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video is not a sugary "warm-fuzzy". Instead, it deals with the reality of life, which is sometimes harsh. Life is not perfect, yet there is strength to be found in the perfect love of Jesus. I recommend it to parents who want their children to appreciate the true reason for CHRISTmas."
One of the BEST Family Oriented Films EVER MADE!
The Christmas Boy | North Pole, PA United States | 05/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a FINE example of what Christmas is ALL ABOUT and not being too preachy. This is the story about Aaron, the Little Drummer Boy, who hates all people because his family was murdered by a group of Desert Thieves. Aaron is kidnapped by Ben Harmed, the greedy and crooked, self proclaimed "Kin of the Desert Showmen". (played superbly by Hosse' Ferrer) and his bubling assistant, Ollie. The story is told by Greer Garason, with a great air of dignanty. I cry every time I watch this story and there is good reason why (not tears of sadness, but tears of joy over the words of the African King about the Christ Child, because he is SO right!) This story was created by the GREAT Romeo Muller, who is the FINEST children's writer who EVER lived! You can't go wrong with a story writen by Romeo Muller. This one, in fact was his most favorite story that he ever wrote for Rankin/Bass Productions (his most favorite he EVER wrote was NOEL, which is also on video.) But I would HIGHLY recomend this film to anyone and everyone. It's VERY enjoyable and you and your family will love it."
Shirley Priscilla Johnson | USA | 11/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this movie and cry everytime I watch it. Perhaps it is too religious for some people, but not for me. After all, Christmas is the birth of Jesus, that's what it's all about.
This movie shows the tenderness of the Season, the reason for the Season and the love of God. I really think this is one DVD that everyone should own and watch every Christmas, if just to remember what it's all about."
Not The Aaron I Remember
L. M Young | Marietta, GA USA | 10/11/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"If you love the Rankin-Bass version of this classic story and don't have a copy, or simply want a copy in Spanish, go ahead and buy this DVD. It's a moving, lovely story. Otherwise, STEER CLEAR of this supposedly "restored" DVD. This is the same hideous copy of LITTLE DRUMMER BOY that they included as a "bonus" on the SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN DVD and if I could give this stand-alone version zero stars I would.

This is one of my favorite Christmas specials and I can't believe they would release the story to DVD in such a shabby manner. My Broadway Video VHS tape is heads and shoulders above this awful version. The DVD video portion is full of dirt and flecks and is very dark and muddy in places. The entire musical background when Aaron sings "Why Can't The Animals Smile?" is MISSING. In another part of the story, a man's voice reads Greer Garson's narration. There are some wonderful video/audio editing tools available today. When LITTLE DRUMMER BOY shows up on local television stations at Christmastime these missing bits of the soundtrack ARE included and they're also on the videotape version. I can't believe some judicious editing couldn't incorporate those bits of soundtrack to the DVD version and the "restorers" couldn't clean up the picture some in the bargain. If they didn't have a complete print, why did they foist off this horrible copy on us as a "restored" version?

I am going to try to return this and look forward to seeing a complete DVD version if it is ever released. But for now I'm sticking to my COMPLETE videotape."