Scared Monkeys Favorite Christmas Animated Specials … Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch & Santa Claus
The following are my favorite Christmas animated specials of all times. What are yours? There is nothing better than getting family and friends together and having a Christmas special party and playing all of your favorites as one time in a marathon Christmas special viewing.
From 1965 comes my my favorite Christmas special of all times. Why, because there was no other that explained the true meaning of Christmas and never altered it to something stupid in today’s society with the PC nonsense that exists and the continued war on Christmas by those who need to just put a sock in it. You can have your opinion and not agree, but that does not mean a few get to ruin it for the rest of us.
Luke2: 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field , keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo , the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid . 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold , I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes , lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying , 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
From 1964 comes my second favorite Christmas special of all-times. Narrated Sam the Snowman, otherwise known as Burl Ives. I just love the animation, sorry but is better than any digital stuff of today. With Rudolph, Hermey, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and the Island of Misfit toys, just fantastic. Oh the Christmas drinking parties we used to have in college to this one. Thank God there was no such thing as Facebook or Smartphones back then .
This one was made in 1970 with Fred Astaire as S.D. Kluger and the Narrator along with Mickey as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus and the Burgermeister-Meisterburger, how can you go wrong.
How could anyone not like Heat Miser and Snow Miser? Created in 1974, Rankin and Bass score another timeless classic. With the voices of Mickey Rooney as Santa Claus and Shirley Both as Mrs. Santa and snow in Southtown.
It is hard to believe that ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ was made in 1966. Narrated by Boris Karloff, who is also the voice of the Grinch, need we say more. You certainly are a mean one, Mr. Grinch. However, this special provides us with the age old answer to the reason for the season … “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas means a little bit more.”
What a shock, Rankin and Bass score another holiday classic from 1969 and narrated by Jimmy Durante, does it get any better than that? And I am guessing it’s lost on many who watch this timeless classic when Frosty comes to life and his first words are, “Happy Birthday”. Hmm … who else has a birthday?