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The Little Drummer Boy [1965 film]

by Arthur Rankin, Jules Bass, Jules Bass, Rankin-Bass

Other authors: Katherine Davis (Original song), Greer Garson, Greer Garson (Narrator), Greer Garson, greer Garson

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Davis, KatherineOriginal songsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The famous song inspired this touching “clay-mation” style animated tale of an orphaned drummer boy whose gift of music for the Christ Child is repaid with a miracle. Greer Garson and Jose Ferrer supply the voices along with a stirring rendition of the title song by the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir.
Running time: 30 min., (All ages)
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Amazon.com (ISBN 0307142485, VHS Tape)

The model animation techniques in this 1968 Rankin and Bass TV chestnut are primitive by today's standards, and picky kids may reject them out of hand. The story, however, which elaborates on the popular Christmas song about a shepherd boy who plays his drum for the baby Jesus and makes the animals dance, is a little more tough-minded than you might expect. The kid begins the story as what we'd now call a neglected child, a surly urchin who says he hates all people. He's pulled back from the brink, first by learning to make music, and then by his encounter with the Christ child. The underlying message alone--that everybody has something worth contributing--qualifies the show for holiday-perennial status. The big-name voice performers, Jose Ferrer and Greer Garson (who narrates), may be a little too ponderous for the occasion, but the familiar cartoony tones of Paul Frees (aka Boris Badenov) and June Forey (aka Rocket J. Squirrel) help liven up the proceedings. It's only 23 minutes long, so it's worth a shot for younger children. --David Chute

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"An evil man kidnaps a young, orphaned drummer boy. After he escapes, he searches for his camel and finds him witnessing the birth of the baby Jesus. Having no gift, he gives the only thing he has-- a song on his drum"--Container.

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