This is the time of year I get excited for the nostalgia of reliving my youth by sitting down and watching Christmas cartoons on television. Fortunately, thanks to DVDs, streaming services and YouTube, it’s easier than ever to find them.
In Christmas Flintstone, which was in Season 5, Episode 15, Fred works as a department store Santa to pick up some extra holiday cash. He is so successful that the real Santa Claus, who is ill, asks him to take over delivering toys on Christmas Eve. Fred does, but in his rush he forgets to deliver presents to his own house. To his delight, he finds Santa has already taken care of it.
A Jetson Christmas Carol
In a A Jetson Christmas Carol, Season 2 Episode 41, George is forced to work overtime on Christmas Eve, and Mr. Spacely’s Scrooge-like behavior nets him a visit from three ghosts. And watch for a cameo by Fred and Wilma Flintstone in the movie that is playing at the drive-in theater.
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is a stop-motion Christmas television special, presented by Rankin/Bass, that premiered on ABC on December 14, 1970. It stars actor Fred Astaire as S. D. Kluger, the narrator, and Mickey Rooney as the title character. The film tells the story of how Santa Claus, and several Claus-related Christmas traditions, came to be. It is based on the Christmas song of the same name, which was introduced by Eddie Cantor in 1934.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a 1964 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Videocraft International, Ltd. (later known as Rankin/Bass Productions) and currently distributed by Universal Television. It first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network in the United States, and was sponsored by General Electric under the umbrella title of The General Electric Fantasy Hour. The special was based on the Johnny Marks song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” which was itself based on the poem of the same name written in 1939 by Marks’ brother-in-law, Robert L. May. Since 1972, the special has aired on CBS; the network unveiled a high-definition, digitally remastered version of the program in 2005.
Frosty the Snowman
Frosty the Snowman is a 1969 American animated Christmas television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. It is the first television special featuring the character Frosty the Snowman. The special first aired on December 7, 1969, on the CBS television network. The special was based on the Walter E. Rollins and Steve Nelson song of the same name. It featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as the film’s narrator (in what would be Durante’s final performance in a film), Billy De Wolfe as Professor Hinkle, and Jackie Vernon as Frosty.
Watch any one or all of these if you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit.
Be safe and Happy Holidays!
An avid record collector, lover of all desserts and sometimes seen wearing multiple Swatch watches, Dave has been lending his voice for over 20 years heard on such prominent brands as Intel, RCA, Eddie Bauer, Kellogg‘s, Pizza Hut, Lexus, and infomercial giants Guthy-Renker and Beachbody. His narration projects include Japan’s preeminent automobile series Best Motoring International and Hot Version, along with GTChannel, QVC, Universal Music Enterprises, and ViSalus Sciences.