CBS has all the cool Christmas classics locked up, and this year, I’m ahead of the game and have the air dates for some of their classic & new Christmas specials.
(I hate pulling up the TV menu and saying, “Oh crap! I missed that?)
This year, CBS announced air (rebroadcast) dates for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns and more.
The specials highlight the voices of Jimmy Durante, Burl Ives, Jonathan Winters, Emma Roberts, & more.
First up, the CBS telecast schedule, then some press releases:
- November 23rd:
- Frosty The Snowman, narrated by Jimmy Durante.
- Frosty Returns, narrated by Jonathan Winters
- Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas
- December 4th: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, narrated by Burl Ives.
- December 8th: The Flight Before Christmas
- December 14th: The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story
via press release:
Frosty, that “jolly, happy soul” whose old silk hat full of magic has turned him into a musical Christmas legend, once again demonstrates his unique showmanship in FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, the popular animated musical special narrated by Jimmy Durante, to be rebroadcast Friday, Nov. 23 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Comedian Jackie Vernon provides the voice of Frosty in the Christmas fable, originally broadcast Dec. 7, 1969 on the Network. The special, based on the popular song of the same title by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson about the happy-go-lucky snowman with the “corncob pipe, a button nose and two eyes made out of coal,” features Billy De Wolfe as the voice of the villainous Professor Hinkle, a magician whose stovepipe hat transforms the lifeless snow figure into an enchanting song-and-dance man.
Pursued by the hatless professor and rising temperatures, Frosty sets off for the North Pole to keep from melting. En route, the indomitable snowman weathers a whirl of adventures and overcomes the threat of evaporation.
The special was produced and directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass, with additional lyrics and music by Bass and Maury Laws. The story was written by Romeo Muller. Voices for all the additional characters are provided by Paul Frees and June Foray.
The magic still in his old silk hat, the holiday season’s perennially popular original dancing snowman continues his adventures and skates on the edge of danger in the animated musical special FROSTY RETURNS, to be rebroadcast Friday, Nov. 23 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast 12/01/95.)
Jonathan Winters is the narrator, with John Goodman as the voice of Frosty. Other voices are provided by comedians Jan Hooks, Andrea Martin and Brian Doyle-Murray.
The first winter storm of the season brings the magical Frosty to the snow-covered town of Beansborough just as a new invention, a snow-removal spray called Summer Wheeze, is being introduced on the market. Not only does Summer Wheeze de-ice the town’s annual Winter Carnival, it also threatens Frosty’s very existence.
FROSTY RETURNS was produced by Eryk Casemiro and Bill Melendez and directed by Melendez and Evert Brown. Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live”) is executive producer. The special was written by Oliver Goldstick, based on a story by Jim Lewis, with original music by Mark Mothersbaugh. FROSTY RETURNS was created by Bill Melendez Productions, Inc., in association with Broadway Video and CBS Entertainment Productions.
HOOPS&YOYO RUIN CHRISTMAS, an animated special presented by Hallmark, follows the unexpected adventure of the comical pink kitty and green bunny team, hoops&yoyo, after they become accidental stowaways on Santa’s sleigh. This holiday program will be rebroadcast Friday, Nov. 23 (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
When hoops&yoyo – and their little friend, piddles – wait up on Christmas Eve to catch a glimpse of Santa, their curiosity lands them in his sleigh shortly after he goes down their chimney. Unable to exit the sleigh before takeoff without being spotted by Santa, they soon find themselves caught in the time-space continuum that allows him to travel the world in one night.
When turbulence jostles the trio from the sleigh, they fall through a wormhole and end up going back in time with a young Kris Kringle. After realizing they have disrupted Kris’s journey to fulfilling his destiny, hoops&yoyo and piddles race to set things right so the world will have its Santa Claus.
Will Christmas ever be the same? Will Santa ever be the same? Only time – and perhaps a little time travel – will tell.
HOOPS&YOYO RUIN CHRISTMAS is a Hallmark presentation.
The navigational prowess of “the most famous reindeer of all” will again illuminate Santa Claus’ way into the Christmas season, on a rebroadcast of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, Tuesday, Dec. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Originally broadcast on CBS 12/8/72 after an eight-year run on another network.)
The special, narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, is a musical story based on the popular song of the same title by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him the laughing stock of all Christmasville.
Pursued by an Abominable Snow Monster, inhabitants of Christmasville flee to the island of Misfit Toys in the Arctic wilderness where Yukon Cornelius, a prospector they meet along the way, comes to their rescue. Returning to Christmasville, they learn that bad weather may cause Christmas to be canceled. But Rudolph’s headlight — his illuminated nose — saves the “foggy Christmas Eve” by serving as a beacon to guide Santa’s sleigh.
Marks composed seven additional songs for the special: “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Silver and Gold,” “We Are Santa’s Elves,” “We’re a Couple of Misfits,” “Jingle Jingle Jingle,” “There’s Always Tomorrow” and “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year.” Two musical numbers in the beloved classic were restored to their original form in the remastered version. Now included is the full-length rendition of the song “We Are Santa’s Elves.” The second enhanced number is “We’re a Couple of Misfits,” a duet between Rudolph and his newfound friend, Hermey the Elf.
Over the years, fading and degeneration of the print had caused it to take on a reddish hue that differs significantly from the bluer tones and starker contrasts of the original. This color-corrected version from 1998 allows a new generation of television viewers to appreciate the special’s original visual texture and rich palette of colors. Santa’s elves have their blue suits back after years of wearing faded green.
The scene restorations and color correction process for RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER were completed by Golden Books. The special was produced by “Animagic” pioneers Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass and directed by Larry Roemer. Romeo Muller wrote the television adaptation from a story by Robert L. May.
THE FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, an animated holiday special about a young reindeer with ambitions of becoming an expert flyer like his father, will be rebroadcast Saturday, Dec. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
THE FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS features the voices of Emma Roberts (“Nancy Drew,” “Aquamarine”) and comedian Norm MacDonald (“Saturday Night Live”).
Niko the reindeer boy yearns to fly just like his Dad, whom he believes is a member of Santa’s Flying Forces. Following an attack by wolves on his herd’s peaceful home, he heads off on a desperate, dangerous mission through icy blizzards and across wild terrain to find his father. He discovers a devious plan to destroy and replace the famous flying squadron by the evil Black Wolf and his gang.
On his heroic journey to find his father and save Christmas, Niko is accompanied by his constant friend and surrogate father Julius, a clumsy squirrel who has nurtured and indulged the boy’s dream. Julius knows he has to persuade Niko to return home to the safety of the herd, but much to his annoyance they are then joined by Wilma, a sassy young singing weasel who actually knows the way to Santa’s home.
As the brave trio encounters challenges on their hazardous journey, Niko faces the biggest one when he must choose between the life he has dreamed about and a life with his family.
THE FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is produced by the Weinstein Company
The CBS Television Network will present THE ELF ON THE SHELF: AN ELF’S STORY, an animated feature based on the best-selling holiday children’s book The Elf on the Shelf, to be rebroadcast on CBS as a special presentation on Friday, Dec. 14 (9:30 – 10:00 PM, ET/PT).
THE ELF ON THE SHELF: AN ELF’S STORY follows one of the many scout elves from the North Pole who helps Santa Claus determine who to put on the naughty and nice lists. Named “Chippey” by his adoptive family, the elf is assigned to help a young boy, Taylor McTuttle, who struggles to believe in the magic of Christmas.
The Elf on the Shelf is a popular children’s storybook created by Carol Aebersold and her daughters, Chanda Bell and Christa Pitts, who self-published the book through their company CCA and B. The story was inspired by an Aebersold family tradition featuring their own pixie elf, Fisbee, who appeared in their home every holiday season. Since 2005, The Elf on the Shelf has sold nearly two million copies.
Big Canoe Entertainment (BCE) is the Atlanta-based production company that created THE ELF ON THE SHELF: AN ELF’S STORY. BCE was formed in 2010 by Christa Pitts, Catherine Scorsese, Chad Eikhoff, Chanda Bell, Carol Aebersold, Tara Burtchaell, and Kenneth Waddell. Trick 3D executed the animation for the film. THE ELF ON THE SHELF: AN ELF’S STORY is BCE’s first project.
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