Just don’t look at all, if you can help it. Too sadly real to be funny. Too smugly on the right side of it all to be effective. Too long to really care either way.
These Rankin and Bass specials are my core aesthetic memories of Christmas. They define what the holiday looks like, in mind. In a simple aesthetic way, especially their stop motion works, convey Christmas through chintzy figurine-like expression. They are animated play sets. Gifts you unwrap by watching them and the animators do the playing with the toys for you. Such an efficient packaging of jolly Christmas joys. In the case of The Little Drummer Boy, it’s a repackaging of a…