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Santa’s Magical Stories is a collection of holiday favorites from Warner Home Video and includes many of the Rankin & Bass classics and a few lesser-known selections.
This three-disc DVD set is laid out as follows:
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – From animation legend Chuck Jones comes one of the best holiday cartoons of all time, adapting the Dr. Seuss story and starring Boris Karloff as the voice of you-know-Who.
- The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold – A leprechaun named Blarney Kilakilarney loses his gold to a banshee on Christmas Eve.
- Pinocchio’s Christmas – It’s Pinocchio’s first Christmas and he realizes the holiday is not about gifts but about being together with family.
- The Year Without a Santa Claus Deluxe Edition – When Santa decides to retire one Christmas, Mrs. Claus takes action.
- Rudolph’s Shiny New Year – Baby New Year is missing and a certain red-nosed reindeer leads the search.
- Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey – Back in the days of the Roman Empire, a small donkey named Nestor who is teased mercilessly about his abnormally long ears, becomes a hero when he is chosen by Mary and Joseph to take them to Bethlehem where Mary gives birth to baby Jesus.
- Jack Frost (1976) – The resourceful cold-weather elf turns human to court a pretty maiden – and then must recover his icy powers to save her from a crafty rival.
- A Miser Brothers Christmas – Santa Claus and the mischievous brothers Heat Miser and Snow Miser are the targets of yuletide treachery from that sneaky blowhard North Wind.
- Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July – The feature length delight about what happens when a certain reindeer’s nose stops shining!
As you can see, each disc holds a ‘powerhouse’ Christmas Classic as well as a few of the lesser known shows that were made.
In our house, both The Grinch and The Year Without a Santa Claus are absolute must view shows. Mr. O is quite partial to the Grinch and loves Heat Miser and Snow Miser. We were not loving the newer Miser Brothers’ Christmas nearly as much as the original. I also have a soft spot for Rudolph’s Shiny New Year with Baby New Year and his BIG ears.
Both The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold and Pinocchio’s Christmas were completely new to us. The Leprechauns’ show was okay and you could definitely tell who made it. Pinocchio’s Christmas didn’t get finished as P declared it was too painful to watch a super gullible Pinocchio.
Santa’s Magical Stories 3 DVD set retails for $29.99 and can be found at all major retailers (in store and online.) I’ll share that our local warehouse clubs have them for less than retail. This is definitely a nice addition for someone wanting to watch these shows on their own schedule.
Disclaimer ~ Our family was sent this DVD set to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation occurred and opinions are our own.