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Remember the Rankin/Bass productions that were shown around Christmas time. Most of them included the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Clause, of course. The animated characters are truly unique among the cartoon set. Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. created the “Animagic” stop motion production techniques.
The production technique itself was created in Japan. That’s where all of the cartoon shows were captured on film as well. The Rankin/Bass production team began in the early 1960′s and continued through the ’70′s bringing us timeless memories of Christmas stories spanning generations.
Most of these Rankin/Bass Christmas stop motion specials were based on a famous Christmas song. For example, in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the writers were clever in fleshing out the song’s storyline and creating an entire world around Rudolph where we discover how he was raised and what led to his leading Santa’s sleigh on a snowy Christmas Eve.
We all know the song and we all know the storyline, so watching the stop motion characters is a fabulous and memorable treat. Rankin and Bass created memories for several generations of children (and adults). If you are one of those adults who still love the stop motion characters then you may want to know this next tidbit of nostalgia.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is one of only four Christmas specials made in the 1960′s, that is still being broadcast today. The other three shows are; A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman. During the Christmas season all 4 of these classics will be shown a number of times over the course of several weeks.
Probably one of the most unusual and memorable parts of this beloved program is the Island of Misfits. The original song of Rudolph does not sing about The Misfits, but Rankin/Bass could not have found a greater instrument to convey a message.
The toys are all sad because there’s something about each of them that makes them very different than other toys. They are all on the island because they have been segregated believing that no child wants them. Do you remember the stuffed lion that doesn’t roar or The Charlie-In-The-Box? What a great way to teach children to understand that being different doesn’t mean bad or wrong. So, mark your calendars, brush up on your lyrics and get ready to sing along.