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The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

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An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.

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Complete credited cast:
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Ben Haramed (voice) (as Jose Ferrer)
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Aaron's Father, the Magi (voice)
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Aaron's Mother (voice)
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Aaron (voice) (as Teddy Eccles)
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Our Story Teller (voice) (as Miss Greer Garson)
Wiener Sängerknaben ...
Themselves (voice) (as The Vienna Boys Choir)
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Animated film version of the legendary song of a boy who lets out all his frustrations on a drum, little knowing how significant this drum will be in the birth of the newborn Jesus. Written by hiphats <hiphats@aol.com>

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In some copies of the video, the narration switches from Greer Garson to Paul Frees. At the very end, where the narration begins "and as Aaron looked at the babe..." the voice is inexplicably that of Paul Frees. See more »

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Our Story Teller: Aaron's heart was filled with joy and love. And he knew at last that the hate he had carried there was wrong. As ALL hatred will ever be wrong. For more powerful, more beautiful by far than all the eons of sadness and cruelty and desolation which had come before, was that one tiny, crystalline second of laughter. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
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Referenced in The Littlest Angel (1969) See more »

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The Little Drummer Boy
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The True Message
16 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this for the first time in the late 60s when I was a child. A timeless message that I still enjoy 31 years later. It's a shame that the true message of Christmas has been lost on a generation and this, and other, religious Christmas programming can only be found on the "family" stations. Time was, this was shown on the networks.


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