The Little Drummer Boy

1968

The Little Drummer Boy

Critics Consensus

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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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.

Cast

José Ferrer
as Ben Haramed
Greer Garson
as Our Story Teller, Storyteller
Paul H. Frees
as Aaron's Father, the Magi
June Foray
as Aaron's Mother
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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.

    Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    AV Club Staff

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  • A Christmas children's special that actually depicts events from the Bible? What a concept!

    Dec 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.

    Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

    Erik Adams

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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.

    Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Emotionally, it's a notch or two more mature than the usual Rankin-Bass production.

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

    Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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