Top Ten Rankin/Bass Holiday Specials

The Top Ten Rankin/Bass Holiday Specials

1 Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

Wow, I'm glad this is #1, I thought for sure Rudolph would be, not that I hate Rudolph, I just always liked this more. - Kefka

Cute origin story. Should be higher than ableist Rudolph.

Another classic Rankin Bass special, wonderful story, message, and depiction/origin story of Santa Claus, great characters, lovely songs, awesome stop motion animation, love everything about this masterpiece.

I’m bi and I think Santa’s kinda cute in this movie. I love me some handsome/beautiful gingers!

2 Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This is the one everyone remembers


Still my favorite of the Rankin Bass specials. Even if it does have some flaws (dated gender roles, it was the 60's after all), I still love the story, characters (Rudolph, Hermy, Yukon especially), songs, music, settings/animation of it, it is one of the best Christmas specials/stop motion specials ever made, and it teaches a great message about how being different doesn't mean one can't be a hero, make friends, help out others, and/or do such a feat like pull Santa's sleigh here, and while some people we have high self esteem for can be wrong, no one's perfect and it's important to forgive them. I can't believe that this special is getting some (only some fortunately) flak from easily triggered PC people who would probably praise such politically correct trash like the 2016 Ghostbusters or something...but fortunately it's only a very minority and most of the complaints spouted out don't hold any water at all.

I’d personally prefer to watch a Christmas special centered around our lord and savior Harambe.

3 The Year Without a Santa Claus


Another classic masterpiece right here, and not just because of the Miser Brothers, Mrs. Claus is the driving force to save Christmas, Santa is at his finest here, Jingle and Jangle are hilarious, and the story is definitely one of the best to come out of Rankin/Bass, shame it's not as popular as the others, or if it was now, it wasn't back then probably.

4 Frosty the Snowman

Frosty was one cool snowman. His lady on the other hand was a cold. BItch. - DMZABO

5 Twas The Night Before Christmas
6 Rudolph's Shiny New Year

That baby looks like Baby Hercules from Disney with Dumbo's ears.

7 A Miser Brothers' Christmas
8 The Little Drummer

Dump the grump Trump!

9 Frosty's Winter Wonderland

And besides, Frosty Returns wasn't even Rankin/Bass and thus shouldn't be on this list at all. This, on the other hand, is.

Frosty Returns (1992) and The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005) do NOT exist!

Should be higher than Frosty Returns!

10 Frosty Returns

The Contenders

11 Here Comes Peter Cottontail (1971)

Let's not forget the Easter specials, please!

Vincent Price for the win!

In all seriousness, though, I would totally do Conan O'Brien's ginger junk if I had the chance.

Why does Danny Kaye’s character look exactly like Conan O’Brien on the photographed DVD cover for this?

12 The Easter Bunny is Comin’ to Town

And by The Lorax, yes, I was referring to none other than that 2012 masterpiece that featured the stellar voice talents of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Jenny Slate, and Betty White.

Frosty Returns = the Caillou of holiday specials

...Okay, maybe it doesn't suck THAT much, but still.

This also makes Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) look like Home on the Range!

Right up there with The Lorax as the most beautiful, memorable, and Oscar/Emmy-worthy masterpiece ever created in entertainment history. I mean it’s so unbelievably good that it makes Singin’ in the Rain look like From Justin to Kelly, makes Beauty and the Beast look like Chicken Little, and even makes Citizen Kane look like The Room! I don’t think even Spirited Away comes anywhere close to being as tearjerkingly perfect as this wonderful work of art! Please watch this glorious 1977 Easter relic with your whole family as soon as you can! You won’t regret a single minute of it.

Story: 10/10
Animation: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Songs: 10/10

Overall Rating: 10/10; complete with my personal Seal of Approval (plays the ending fanfare from the Super Smash Bros Melee Orchestra Medley)

P.S. Yes, I was directly (and shamelessly) ripping off Animat’s Reviews’ style with my ratings at the end.

13 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

The best part about this movie is the fact that it’s also a summer movie! Basically the Hotel Transylvania 3 of Rankin/Bass holiday specials.

14 Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys

Actually, screw Lord of the Rings. This right here is the most exhilarating, breathtaking, and life-changing event in entertainment history alongside Thomas and the Magic Railroad!

Most epic piece of entertainment ever created since Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings!

15 Jack Frost
16 The Cricket on the Hearth

no comment

17 The Legend of Frosty the Snowman
18 The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold

Very interesting, even by Rankin/Bass standards.

19 The Stingiest Man in Town

This mailbox is mine, and this triagonal sign, that blue balloon, the month of June, they’re mine mine mine mine mine! Ziggy’s sweets are mine. That birdy’s tweets are mine. The city streets, both your feet, they’re all emphatically mine! It all belongs to me, everything that I see, north, south, east and west, I caress it, because I possess it, I’m Stingy, and it’s MINE! And this instrumental break is also mine. The floor and ceiling are mine. All your feelings are mine! You always knew it, that’s all there is to it, it’s mine mine mine mine mine! That’s what I said, it’s mine.

20 The First Easter Rabbit

Some of the most hideous animation ever produced by Rankin/Bass, and that’s actually saying something.

21 Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

Rudolph + Bambi + JESUS! = this

22 The Little Drummer Boy Part II
23 Pinocchio’s Christmas

There’s no way in hell that Pinocchio himself could have possibly been sentient prior to the Blue Fairy dropping by Geppetto’s place.

24 Mad Monster Party?
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