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The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

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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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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Followed by The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976) See more »

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Lovely
23 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Christmas special based on the song of the same name. Narrated by the great Greer Garson, it tells the story of an orphan boy named Aaron. Aaron has had a tough life and is resentful towards humanity. His only friends are animals and his only joy in life comes from playing his drum. Through a series of events he finds himself at the birth of baby Jesus. As in the song, he has no gift for the baby so he plays his drum instead. I love Rankin/Bass Christmas specials. The stop-motion animation, great voice work, memorable music, and beautiful stories make them timeless classics that I can watch year after year. The Little Drummer Boy is a moving, sincere story and I would recommend everybody check it out.


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