I Love It!!
L. Moberly | Jersey Shore, NJ | 11/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although I haven't watched the whole DVD yet, I love what I have seen!! I was a little dissapointed with Amazon for not listing the cartoons on this DVD. They are all very, very cute. I'd say they were classics! Here is a list of the cartoons & shows on this DVD, not in order (I am at work now, and don't have the DVD with me)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (not the 1964 version, I think it is 1948, I am not positive)
Christmas Comes But Once A Year ( The whole reason I purchaed this DVD)
Howdy Doody's Christmas
O Little Town Of Bethleham-Sing Along ( follow the bouncing ball type)
O Come All Ye Faithful( I think sing along as well)
Silent Night: Story of the Christmas Carol
Santa In Animal Land ( cute puppets)
Jingle Bells ( Also a sing along, I think)
The Christmas Visitor
The Night Before Christmas
Santa Claus Story
The Little Lamb
The Little Match Girl
The First Christmas
Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol, Narrated by Vincent Price
Santa & The 3 Bears
Santa & The Snow Fairy
A Christmas Visitor
The Elf & Mr. Little
A Present For Santa
The Shanty Where Santa Claus Lives
Hectors Hectic Life
Christmas Fairy Tale
A Christmas Dream
The Candle Maker
These are all from the 40's & 50's.
.....IT'S "CHEESY MOVIE" TIME!!!
N. N Wahlert | seattle, wa United States | 11/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"No, seriously--with this disc you'll have a ball. Today's youngsters will dive in head-first to the stuff we former kids in our forties/fifties/sixties had to watch at school assemblies the last day of school before Xmas Vacation......and all in their reddish (or greenish or purplish) glory. Film prints so dilapidated and decrepit they give a very genuine feeling, and therein lies this DVD's appeal.
You'll get thrice-familiar fare (that's shown up on so many public-domain videos) like Max Fleischer's original film treatment of "Rudolph", and the Hanna-Barbera-ish "Santa And The Three Bears"; as well as a movie-short treatment of "A Christmas Carol" (it really rushes along a story much better suited to a feature-film treatment), and many cartoons that have been hard to find merely because they were in black and white (the kiddies don't have any use for THAT, do they?). Among these rare gems are the early-30s cartoon "Christmas Night," starring the famous comic-strip character The Little King; as well as the very early Warner cartoon "The Shanty Where Santa Claus Lives" (produced by Harman-Ising, before they moved their studio to M-G-M to do their much-better-known Technicolor cartoons). But some of the color shorts are quite worthwhile, too: like the treatment of "The Night Before Christmas" by the British husband-and-wife team of Halas and Batchelor; as well as "The Candle Maker," one of a considerable number of films here that (thankfully) remind us deeply of what the true meaning of the occasion is.
Some stuff here you'll enjoy greatly just to laugh at the CRUDITY and AMATEURISHNESS of it all: particularly the puppet films, using the always-standard marionette or hand-puppet techniques. Of the latter, one I especially enjoy is "Santa In Animal Land," a story that actually covers a very broad geography but which is, by and large, limited to just one set, where a cat, dog, frog & ostrich live--all concocting a plan to bring Christmas to all animals IN THE WORLD! A very-much-implausible story, but still an endearing one.
You won't be sorry you spent your four bucks on this generously-filled DVD!
Recommended but with caution
William P. Ruspantine | 11/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"if you are under the age of 10, 0r born from 1946 and under you will love this DVD.It will bring back childhood memories from the golden age of TV.children will love it, you will feel nostalgic. any other age bracket will find it campy."