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Animation | Family | Fantasy
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When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas gets chosen to ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor. Everyone is there ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Bass
Stars: Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Gale Garnett
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Mailman decides to stop another deluge of letters by answering questions about the Easter Bunny: Sunny, a baby rabbit found and adopted by Kidville (a town of only kids--even a kid ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
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Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

Director: Larry Roemer
Stars: Billie Mae Richards, Burl Ives, Larry D. Mann
Pinocchio's Christmas (TV Movie 1980)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

It's Pinocchio's first Christmas, and he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it. So, Pinocchio becomes part of a (Christmas) Marionette ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Alan King, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden
The Flight of Dragons (Video 1982)
Certificate: Passed Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones
Mouse on the Mayflower (TV Movie 1968)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Mayflower journey as see through the experiences of a church mouse.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Eddie Albert, John Gary
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An Irish sailor is stranded on an island full of Leprechauns and soon finds himself aiding them in protecting their gold from a greedy Hag.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Art Carney, Peggy Cass, Bob McFadden
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph. But now Winterbolt's awake. He gives ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Red Buttons, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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Stars: Don Messick, Joan Gerber, John Stephenson
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Peggi Loder Peggi Loder ...  Becky Thatcher / ... 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Peg Dixon Peg Dixon ...  Beauty / ... 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Billie Mae Richards ...  Danny / ... 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Bernard Cowan Bernard Cowan ...  Announcer / ... 4 episodes, 1972-1973
Carl Banas Carl Banas 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Len Birman Len Birman 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Keith Hampshire Keith Hampshire 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Frank Perry Frank Perry 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Henry Ramer 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Alfie Scopp Alfie Scopp 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Paul Soles Paul Soles ...  Cheshire Cat 3 episodes, 1972-1973
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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

1 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clásicos Familiares See more »

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Rankin/Bass Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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"It's classic creation/In new animation/Today's presentation will be..."
17 July 2002 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

Not to be confused with "Family Classics Theatre" (which featured adaptations by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Air Programs International - the closest Australian equivalent of H-B - and which British viewers may remember as "Animated Classics"), this was a good attempt in that field from Rankin/Bass - pause for '70s children to shudder at the memory of that creepy logo (which still has the power to chill even today, long after I got over my fear of the Air Programs one... or have I? But anyway...).

The 30-minute stories in this series ranged from versions of full-length books (like a two-part version of "Around the World in Eighty Days") via adaptations of fairy tales (such as a light-hearted take on "Cinderella") to stories about mythological characters ("Johnny Appleseed"). Lush animation was not the name of the game, and famous voices were also nowhere to be found (as opposed to Hanna-Barbera having Jose Ferrer play Cyrano again in their animated version), but that's never been a drawback to cartoons. If it was a choice between Rankin/Bass of the 1970s and Rankin/Bass of the 1980s ("SilverHawks"? Oh, please), I'll take the 1970s any day.

But that logo? What were they THINKING?!?


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