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The Little Drummer Boy (1968)





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The perennial Yuletide animated classic The Little Drummer Boy gets a new look on home video with this release. Actually, the program itself will be familiar to those who watch it every December; only the packaging has changed. This moving story, about a poor boy who can offer no gift to the baby Jesus other than his song, will entertain and inspire the entire family. The soundtrack was recorded by the Vienna Boys Choir.

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José Ferrer
as Ben Haramed
Greer Garson
as Storyteller, Our Story Teller
Paul H. Frees
as Aaron's Father, the Magi
June Foray
as Aaron's Mother
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Preachy. Lackluster score and voice work, although with good musical performances. Find something else to make your yuletide bright.

Christian C
Christian C

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Though it won't be recognized as much as the others, it is my favorite of all Rankin Bass specials. Not only does it have a strong biblical message that does not give any room for pop culture, there is a lot of honest emotion in it that you don't get in other Christmas films.

Jackson Walsh
Jackson Walsh

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Even if you're not into all that Jesus malarkey, you have to at least respect the story for giving us such a wonderful time of year. The Little Drummer Boy focuses on a boy filled with hate, and a man filled with greed. Their stories intertwine until they eventually cross paths with the song of God. Loved the songs and the animation has that old-fashioned quality that just doesn't date. The voice-work varied, sometimes being annoyingly slimy. It's a sweet tale that captures the meaning of Christmas, without ramming the religious aspects down the viewers throat. This should be an enjoyable watch for all.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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