Top Ten Rankin/Bass Holiday Specials
The Top Ten
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.
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.
Cute origin story. Should be higher than ableist Rudolph.
I’m bi and I think Santa’s kinda cute in this movie. I love me some handsome/beautiful gingers!
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.
This is the one everyone remembers
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.
Frosty was one cool snowman. His lady on the other hand was a cold. BItch.
That baby looks like Baby Hercules from Disney with Dumbo's ears.
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!
In all seriousness, though, I would totally do Conan O'Brien's ginger junk if I had the chance.
Let's not forget the Easter specials, please!
Vincent Price for the win!
Why does Danny Kaye’s character look exactly like Conan O’Brien on the photographed DVD cover for this?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Very interesting, even by Rankin/Bass standards.
Some of the most hideous animation ever produced by Rankin/Bass, and that’s actually saying something.
Rudolph + Bambi + JESUS! = this