With upbeat music, colorful images and memorable characters, the 1960’s Christmas movies are very fun to watch!
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, premiered in 1964 as an animated TV special. Rudolph becomes an outcast when everyone discovers his unusual red nose. He runs away with fellow misfit Hermey the elf who wants to be a dentist. Rudolph finally wins the heart of his girlfriend, family and Santa himself when he saves Christmas from a blinding snowstorm with his bright shiny nose. Burl Ives narrates and sings some of the songs.
The following year A Charlie Brown Christmas brought the characters of the favorite Sunday comic strip to life on the small screen. Charlie Brown finds the commercialism of Christmas disheartening as even his dog competes for the flashiest doghouse. Linus teaches his friends a lesson about the origins of Christmas as he quotes the manger story from the Bible. Original music by Vince Guaraldi complements classic Christmas carols.
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas was next in 1966. In the tradition of the classic Dickens Scrooge character, the Grinch is mean, nasty and most of all hates Christmas. He has a dastardly plan to steal the holiday from a village of “Who’s” in the valley near his cave-like home. The combination of Dr. Seuss’s text, animation by the legendary Chuck Jones, original songs, and Boris Karloff’s narration made this an instant classic.
Finally the decade came to a close with Frosty the Snowman in 1969. The story focused more on winter rather than the holiday itself and appealed to a younger audience. While not generally as highly regarded by today’s audiences, this cartoon was unique for its time.
These classic 1960’s Christmas movies continue to inspire and entertain us today. Watch one of these special films with family and friends and feel the spirit of the season come to life!