The Christmas Cartoon Showcase
December 25, 2014
I am working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at my job. So I thought I would bring you some Christmas cartoons for you to enjoy, thanks to YouTube.
I start with a beautifully remastered 1948 cartoon of Rudolph The Red-Nosed reindeer from Jam Handy. Max Fleischer directed this cartoon.
Next from Warner Brothers is 1933’s The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives, one of the early Merrie Melodies.
Next from MGM in this its 75th year of release is the Nobel Prize nominated Peace on Earth (remade for CinemaScope in 1956 as Good Will To Men). Directed by Hugh Harman, this tells the story about a post-apocalyptic world populated only by animals. In 1994, it was voted #40 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. It was also nominated for the 1939 Academy Award for Short Subjects (Cartoons).
Going to 1947 now is the Famous Studios feature Santa’s Surprise from 1947. In this cartoon, after a hard night’s work on Christmas Eve, delivering toys to all the good little boys and girls all over the world, the worn-out-and-tired Santa Claus returns to his home at the North Pole for a well-earned rest. Five children from around the world follow Santa secretly, and decide to give him some extra help around the workshop. Note in this clip how one of the Paramount stars forms the top of the Christmas tree in the opening sequence. This also marked the debut of the troublesome redhead girl Little Audrey (voiced by Mae Questel).
Staying in the Paramount circle is 1933’s Seasin’s Greetinks starring none other than Popeye. One of my favorite cartoons for Christmas.
And staying with the spinach eating hero (wouldn’t eat it if I wasn’t a fan of his), here is Spinach Greetings from 1960 and the King Features made for TV cartoon run, which the blogger remembers from watching on WNEW channel 5 in new York back in the day. The Wicked Sea Hag has captured a jet age Santa and it’s up to Popeye to save Christmas.
And I end with the rather sadly titled Christmas Comes But Once A Year from the Fleischers and Paramount. Can Betty Boop’s lovable Grampy and his inventions save an orphanage when their toys pull an epic fail?
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from “the box” and I promise a couple of cartoons for New Year’s including some dancing.