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Animated Christmas specials have become traditional to American holiday celebrations, ever since they first began airing in 1970s. Stop-motion productions like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town became instant classics, and have since been aired in marathons and special segments on TV for decades, and become an integral part of many families' Christmas festivities.
Here are the Top 5 animated Christmas Specials you don't want to miss this holiday season.
One of the earliest animated specials produced by Rankin/Bass, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town follows the origins of the world's greatest toy giver, from his infancy to his childhood raised by a group of toy makers, and even to how he met Mrs. Claus and reindeer gained the ability to fly. It's an adorable tale that adds a rich back story to the man in red, and one »
- Brandon Engel
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: The Voice, Marry Me, About a Boy, The Flash, Supernatural, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and MasterChef Junior. Specials: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, NBC News Special: Angelina Jolie: Unbroken, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Reruns: NCIS.
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Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93. Born Joseph Yule Jr. in 1920s Brooklyn, Rooney's career began at an early age on stage with his vaudeville acting parents. From there, at age 6, he went on to make his first film Not to Be Trusted (1926), and thus began a decade long career with MGM making silent films. When it comes to child stars, there's Rooney and there's everyone else. While modern child stars are lucky to be in 2 films a year, Rooney starred in upwards of nine movies a year, including the Depression-era Andy Hardy comedies he made with fellow child star Judy Garland. Like a lot of child stars, he struggled to find great parts as an adult and his tabloid life seemed to overshadow his film output. He was married nine times over the course of his life, but no marriage was more notable than the one to Ava Gardner. »
- Matthew McKibben
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