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Nestor The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas
Christmas
Donkey is a 1977 Christmas
Christmas
stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. It originally premiered on ABC on December 3, 1977.Contents1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Crew 4 Production 5 DVD details 6 External linksPlot[edit] Santa Claus's donkey, Spieltoe, narrates the story of a donkey named Nestor with abnormally long ears, who lived in the days of the Roman Empire. Every animal in the stable ridicules Nestor because of his ears. One day the animals in the stable are celebrating the winter solstice. Nestor's mother gives socks to Nestor to cover his ears. That night when Nestor is asleep, soldiers arrive from the Roman Empire. They pick a bunch of donkeys, including Nestor, but not his mother. Nestor tries to get away and one of the soldiers grabs the socks on Nestor's ears. They come off. The soldiers think that the owner of the stable, Olaf, was trying to trick them
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Gene Autry
Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry[1] (September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, musician, rodeo performer and business tycoon who gained fame as a singing cowboy in a crooning style on radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Autry was the owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/ Anaheim Angels
Anaheim Angels
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
team from 1961 to 1997. From 1934 to 1953, Autry appeared in 93 films, and between 1950 and 1956 hosted The Gene Autry Show
The Gene Autry Show
television series
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The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians
The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians is a 1970 American animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. After the Christmas special Frosty the Snowman (1969), it was Rankin/Bass' second hand-drawn animated work to be outsourced to Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Production in Tokyo, Japan. The show aired on ABC on April 7, 1970 before the airing of that year's Oscars. It was a tribute to early vaudeville, and featured animated reworkings of various famous comedians' acts.Contents1 Production and Marx Brothers 2 Plot 3 Cast 4 Crew 5 External linksProduction and Marx Brothers[edit] Most of the comedians provided their own voices for their animated counterparts, except for Chico and W. C. Fields, both deceased, Zeppo, who had left show business in 1933, and Harpo, also deceased, but no voice was needed for him since his stage persona did not speak. Groucho was still playing himself
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Paul Coker, Jr.
Paul Coker (born Paul Coker, Jr., 1929 in Lawrence, Kansas)[1] is an American illustrator. He has worked in many media, including Mad, character design for Rankin-Bass TV specials, and advertising. Coker's first appearance in Mad was in 1961; he has since gone on to illustrate over 375 articles for the magazine. Beginning in 1967, Coker was a production designer on more than a dozen Rankin/Bass specials and shorts, including Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, The Year Without a Santa Claus, Rudolph's Shiny New Year and The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town. In 1968, he illustrated the Mad paperback "MAD for Better or Verse"; written by Frank Jacobs, it was the first of eight all-new paperbacks drawn by Coker. In 2002, the magazine also published a collection of "Horrifying Cliches," the long-running feature that featured Coker art
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The Little Drummer Boy
"The Little Drummer Boy" (originally known as "Carol of the Drum") is a popular Christmas song
Christmas song
written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941.[1] First recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale; the Simeone version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.[2] In the lyrics the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the Nativity of Jesus
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The Year Without A Santa Claus
The Year Without a Santa Claus
Santa Claus
is a 1974 Christmas
Christmas
stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The story is based on Phyllis McGinley's 1956 book of the same name, illustrated by Kurt Werth. It was originally broadcast on December 10, 1974 on ABC. The film was Shirley Booth's final acting credit as she retired from acting after its completion.Contents1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Crew 4 Songs 5 Television rights 6 Home media6.1 DVD
DVD
details7 Live-action remake 8 Sequel 9 See also 10 References 11 External linksPlot[edit] Santa Claus
Santa Claus
wakes up with a cold after Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
but "not quite yet Christmas"—according to Mrs. Claus
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IMDb
IMDb, also known as Internet Movie Database, is an online database of information related to world films, television programs, home videos and video games, and internet streams, including cast, production crew, personnel and fictional character biographies, plot summaries, trivia, and fan reviews and ratings. An additional fan feature, message boards, was abandoned in February, 2017. The database is owned and operated by IMDb.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon. As of December 2017[update], IMDb
IMDb
has approximately 4.7 million titles (including episodes) and 8.3 million personalities in its database,[2] as well as 83 million registered users. The movie and talent pages of IMDb
IMDb
are accessible to all internet users, but a registration process is necessary to contribute information to the site. Most data in the database is provided by volunteer contributors
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Return To Oz (TV Program)
Return to Oz is an animated television special produced by Crawley Films for Rankin/Bass (Videocraft). It first aired 9 February 1964 in the United States on NBC's General Electric Color Fantasy Hour. It was directed by F. R. Crawley, Thomas Glynn, and Larry Roemer from a teleplay by Romeo Muller, who later wrote Dorothy in the Land of Oz. Crawley Films also produced the earlier 1961 animated series, Tales of the Wizard of Oz and brought similar artistic character renditions to the special. There is also a 1985 live-action Disney film of the same name.Contents1 Plot 2 Characters 3 Production 4 Video/DVD 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksPlot[edit] The plot is virtually a retelling of the storyline of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; however, as this is a sequel to the animated series Tales of the Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy and the gang went through an entirely different series of adventures, this adventure is new to them all
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV Special)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a 1964 Christmas stop-motion animated television special produced by Videocraft International, Ltd. (later known as Rankin/Bass Productions) and currently distributed by Universal Television. It first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network in the United States, and was sponsored by General Electric under the umbrella title of The General Electric Fantasy Hour. The special was based on the Johnny Marks song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" which was itself based on the poem of the same name written in 1939 by Marks' brother-in-law, Robert L. May. Since 1972, the special has aired on CBS, with the network unveiling a high-definition, digitally remastered version of the program in 2005. As with A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph no longer airs just once annually, but several times during the Christmas and holiday season on CBS
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Mouse On The Mayflower
The Mouse on the Mayflower is a 1968 animated Thanksgiving television special created by Rankin/Bass and animated by Japanese studio Toei Animation. It was the first official special under the Rankin/Bass moniker after changing its name from Videocraft the previous year. It debuted on NBC on November 23, 1968.[1] The special is about a church mouse named Willum, who is discovered on the Mayflower. Tennessee Ernie Ford voices Willum and narrates.[2]Contents1 Plot 2 Cast2.1 Additional voices3 Crew 4 Home media 5 References 6 External linksPlot[edit] The famous ship called Mayflower is trapped amidst a huge storm. The entire story is narrated by a church-mouse called Willum, from his viewpoint. The tale begins with the pilgrim preachers deciding to move to America and getting aboard the Mayflower. However, because of the huge storm, the ship gets on the verge of sinking
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The Little Drummer Boy (film)
The Little Drummer Boy is a Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions, based on the song of the same name. It was first televised December 19, 1968 on NBC, and was followed by a sequel in 1976.Contents1 Plot 2 Voice cast 3 Credits 4 1976 sequel4.1 Voice cast 4.2 Credits5 References 6 External linksPlot[edit] In the special, the narrator (Greer Garson) tells the story of a young Jewish boy named Aaron, who is a misanthropic orphan who only finds enjoyment from playing his drum for his friends, Samson the donkey, Joshua the camel, and Baba the lamb. Aaron was a happy child who lived with his parents who gave him a drum for his birthday. One night, bandits of the desert stole the sheep, killed Aaron's parents and burned his house down, thus making him hate all humanity. Due to his playing causing the three animals to dance, Aaron is forced to join Ben Haramed's caravan with rather inept performers
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Frosty The Snowman (TV Program)
Frosty the Snowman is a 1969 animated Christmas
Christmas
television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman". The program, which first aired on December 7, 1969 on CBS
CBS
(where it continues to air annually), was produced for television by Rankin/Bass Productions
Rankin/Bass Productions
and featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
as the film's narrator (Durante's final performance in a film) and Jackie Vernon as the title character. Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Arthur Rankin, Jr.
and Jules Bass
Jules Bass
wanted to give the show and its characters the look of a Christmas
Christmas
card, so Paul Coker, Jr., a greeting card and Mad magazine artist, was hired to do the character and background drawings
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Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (film)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion Christmas television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The film stars Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle / Santa Claus, Keenan Wynn as the Winter Warlock, and Paul Frees in various roles. The film tells the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. It is based on the hit Christmas song "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town", which was introduced on radio by Eddie Cantor in 1934, and the story of Saint Nicholas. The special was created using Japanese stop motion animation called "Animagic", in which all the characters are made out of wood and plastic and animated via stop-motion photography
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Iris Rainer Dart
Iris Rainer Dart (born March 3, 1944) is an American author and playwright for television and the stage. Her most notable novel is Beaches, which was made into a 1988 film of the same name. She has also written several stage musicals as well as for television shows, such as The Sonny and Cher Show. She also voiced Donna, Peter Cottontail's love interest, in the stop-motion Easter classic, Here Comes Peter Cottontail.Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Bibliography 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Rainer Dart was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was an actress as a youth with the Curtaineers, an inter-racial theater group at the Settlement house, at the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Playhouse and The White Barn Theatre
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Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Here Comes Peter Cottontail is a 1971 Easter stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions and based on the 1957 novel The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich. The title of the special is from the Easter song "Here Comes Peter Cottontail", which is also heard in the special. The name "Peter Cottontail" comes from a series of books by Thornton W. Burgess (1874–1965), although the special is not based directly on his books. It was originally broadcast on ABC-TV, and in later years, appeared on CBS, Fox Family, The CW, and Cartoon Network
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Mad Mad Mad Monsters
Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters is a 1972 traditional animated comedy film produced by Rankin/Bass Productions[1] in the United States and Mushi Production in Japan. The special aired on September 23, 1972 as part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie. It is a "prequel of sorts" to the 1967 stop motion animated film Mad Monster Party?[2] which was produced by MOM Productions in Tokyo, Japan in association with Rankin/Bass.Contents1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Credits 4 Reception 5 References 6 External linksPlot[edit]This article needs an improved plot summary
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