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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
José Ferrer ... Ben Haramed (voice) (as Jose Ferrer)
Paul Frees ... Aaron's Father, the Magi (voice)
June Foray ... Aaron's Mother (voice)
Ted Eccles ... Aaron (voice) (as Teddy Eccles)
Greer Garson ... Our Story Teller (voice) (as Miss Greer Garson)
Wiener Sängerknaben Wiener Sängerknaben ... Themselves (voice) (as The Vienna Boys Choir)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Drummer Boy See more »

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Production Co:

Rankin/Bass Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When Aaron approaches the manger with baby Jesus, in the next shot the dying lamb, which was lying in front of one of the Kings, has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Little Drummer Boy
Written by Katherine K. Davis, and Henry Onorati
Arranged by Harry Simeone
Performed by Wiener Sängerknaben (as The Vienna Boys Choir)
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Lovely
23 December 2013 | by utgard14See 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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