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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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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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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Biblically, this is complete fiction. The song itself was only created a decade prior to the film and inspired this musical. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

The special ends with only the Rankin-Bass logo, as there are no closing credits whatsoever. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.62 (2011) See more »

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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Still Great Holiday Classic
20 December 2006 | by kbone32-1See all my reviews

This holiday classic is still refreshing to see even after almost 40 years. The story line is of course about the little drummer boy who ends up coming to grips with his hatred of people. In the end he has to play his drum for the baby Jesus and even though he is certainly no Buddy Rich it does come from the heart which, as we know from years of watching these type of films is what really counts and in the end the little drummer boy receives a change of heart.It's pretty much the same holiday format that for some reason one can never grow tired of no matter how many times we watch it or different forms it comes in...Certainly a great one to bring the kids up on.


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