December 4th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
The beloved television holiday specials known as the Original Christmas Classics ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman" are the most well-known) are now available on Blu-ray.
"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," celebrating its 40th anniversary this year (and packaged with Rudolph and Frosty as part of "The Original Christmas Classics" Blu-ray box-set) tells the story of how Kris Kringle became Santa Claus and various holiday traditions came to be - such as gift giving, the origin of the Christmas tree, why people hang stockings, why Santa wears a red suit, why he keeps a list, and why children write him letters. The special features the voices of Fred Astaire as Special Delivery ("S.D. for short") Kluger and Mickey Rooney as Santa. (Incidentally, Rooney went on to portray Santa Claus six more times.)
For many people, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without at least one viewing of these specials that remain among the top-rated year after year, often beating out more recent specials, which are arguably more sophisticated. Just goes to show that while it's easy to make a holiday movie or TV special, it’s hard to make one that will go down in history (like Rudolph!).
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