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The Little Drummer Boy Book II (1976)

Aaron, the drummer boy, struggles to protect a bellmaker's great silver bells from seizure by Roman soldiers.

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Our Story Teller (voice) (as Miss Greer Garson)
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Brutus (voice)
David Jay ...
Aaron (voice)
Bob McFadden ...
Plato (voice)
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Melchior (voice)
Allen Swift ...
Simeon / Soldiers (voice)
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Aaron, after playing his song, helps Melchior to spread the word by ringing Simeon's silver bells. But when the Romans take the bells for taxes, it's up to Aaron and his animal companions to rescue them. Written by Kathy Li

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[repeated line]
Brutus: Plato, you fool!
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Follows The Little Drummer Boy (1968) See more »

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Money, Money Money
Performed by Zero Mostel, Bob McFadden, Allen Swift and Chorus
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Good Sequel
24 December 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Little Drummer Boy Book II, The (1976)

*** (out of 4)

Eight years after the previous film, Bass and Rankin came back with this sequel, which is once again narrated by Greer Garson. This time out the drummer boy Aaron is rejoicing the birth of Jesus but soon he must try and protect some Silver Bells from falling into the hands of the Romans. While this film doesn't reach the levels of the original, it remains an entertaining film but I do think that less would have been more. I think the biggest problem with the film are a few of the musical numbers, which just don't come off too well. 'Money, Money, Money' is one of the songs performed that just doesn't take off and it really takes away from the actual story being told as well. I would also say that some of the vocal work in the film isn't nearly as impressive as in the first film but the one exception would be Zero Mostel doing the voice of Brutus. Once again the animation is certainly the high point as it looks even better and I was impressed by the way Bass and Rankin were able to make the film look as if it was filmed at the same time as the original. The story itself is a pretty good one with the obvious messages thrown in for kids.


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