The Little Drummer Boy 1968

The Little Drummer Boy

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The Little Drummer Boy is a mature addition to the Rankin-Bass catalogue, with a powerful conclusion that compensates for the special's dour storytelling and unpolished animation.

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Critic Reviews for The Little Drummer Boy

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3)

  • It's a lot like How The Grinch Stole Christmas, in other words, only with a Biblical foundation and not so much rhyming. The special is effective as all get-out, too.

    December 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    AV Club Staff

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  • I thought "Rudolph" was the worst animation I had seen, until seeing Drummer Boy again. Aaron the misanthropic drummer, formerly with Metallica, and his animal friends skitter across the Sinai like cockroaches on Red Bull.

    December 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A Christmas children's special that actually depicts events from the Bible? What a concept!

    December 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A poignant third act restores his faith in humanity, all the while making up for some of the roughest animation work in the Videocraft catalogue.

    December 4, 2018 | Full Review…

    Erik Adams

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  • Emotionally, it's a notch or two more mature than the usual Rankin-Bass production.

    December 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • I think it was all handled beautifully.

    April 18, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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