I’m joined by Dave Roman for one more holiday special walkthrough for 2011, and we’re pointing our lasers at one that often gets overlooked by fans of the Rankin/Bass specials. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, originally a book by L. Frank Baum, was the last of the Rankin/Bass “animagic” stop-motion features released in 1985 and featured what some might consider a bizarre combination of high fantasy with the sweet song-and-dance numbers one expects from the studio’s specials. But Dave and I both love this special and I think it shows as we proceed through an exhaustive walkthrough complete with audio clips.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
- The Hobbit
- The Return of the King