Sunday, November 14, 2021


Universal Pictures Home Entertainment provided a complimentary Blu-ray of The Original Christmas Specials Collection to for promotional consideration.

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As an adult when I think of Santa Claus the image above is the first impression that my mind pictures. That is because as a kid growing up in the 1970s & '80s, the Rankin/Bass stop motion productions and cartoons were what was on TV during the holiday season. In the days before cable television and Internet streaming, we only picked up seven channels through the rabbit ears on top of my parents' television set. So these holiday specials featuring Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman were Prime Time entertainment for not just my family but a whole generation of children.

It was a holiday tradition for my whole family to gather around the TV and watch the holiday specials produced by Arthur Rankin Jr and Jules Bass and I have a lot of nostalgia for these productions. So I'm GEEKED that these shows are now available on Blu-ray for me to share with my own children. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has just released in high definition for home video 5 holiday favorites from Rankin/Bass including Santa Claus is Coming To Town, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Little Drummer Boy, Cricket on the Hearth and Frosty the Snowman in a Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook. Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

Rankin Bass Christmas Specials

'Tis the season to enjoy the timeless holiday classics in The Original Christmas Specials Collection featuring five unforgettable stories. Produced by Rankin/Bass, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' To Town and The Little Drummer Boy feature iconic "Animagic" stop-motion animation and Frosty the Snowman and Cricket on the Hearth are beautifully animated. Starring the iconic voice talents of Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Danny Thomas, Burl Ives and many more, these favorites also feature some of the most beloved songs of the holiday season and are sure to entertain audiences of all ages for generations to come!

This limited edition steelbook Blu-ray collection of Rankin/Bass holiday specials also includes some great bonus content:

THE ANIMAGIC WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS: a documentary celebrating the legacy of the holiday specials created by Arthur Rankin Jr and Jules Bass including interviews with filmmakers and historians.

RESTORING THE PUPPETS OF RUDOLPH: a featurette on how the puppets from the beloved special were restored.

REIMAGINING RUDOLPH IN 4D: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer attraction film being shown at museums, theme parks and zoos.

T.E.A.M. RUDOLPH AND THE REINDEER GAMES: A video storybook of the untold tales of the Reindeer Games.


Rankin/Bass Present THE ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS SPECIALS COLLECTION is a must have addition to any home entertainment video library. These holiday specials are full of holiday cheer that is sure to put you in a festive mood for the season. Merry Christmas!

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