Merry Christmas! Here are a few favorites of mine.
"Hardrock, Coco, & Joe": one of three cartoons that would play on Garfield Goose & Friends on WGN from Thanksgiving until Christmas every year. This is a 1951 stop-action animation done by Wah Ming Chang for Centaur Productions, based on the song "The Three Little Dwarfs" by Stuart Hamblen.
"Suzy Snowflake": Another stop-action masterpiece by Wah Ming Chang, from 1953. The song was written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett and was a hit single for Rosemary Clooney in 1951. She’s not the person singing it here.
"Frosty The Snowman": A song by Walter "Jack" Robbins and Steve Nelson that was first recorded by Gene Autry in 1950 and covered by, among others, Jimmy Durante. The cartoon was produced by UPA Productions, who also produced the cartoons Mr. Magoo and Dick Tracy’s Crimestoppers! No idea who the quartet singing the song is, but their arrangement is my favorite.
"Deck Us All With Boston Charlie": A favorite of my Uncle Jack’s, and of my Dad, who learned all the lyrics. Walt Kelly, who wrote and drew the Pogo comic strip, wrote his own lyrics to "Deck The Halls" (I’m not sure when; my guess is sometime in the ’40’s or ’50’s) and created a Christmas classic. The lyrics are in the video, in case you’re tempted to sing along.
Final Scene from The Bishop’s Wife (1947): One of my favorite Christmas movies, The Bishop’s Wife starred Cary Grant as Dudley, an angel sent from heaven when Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) prays for divine guidance as he tries to raise funds for a new cathedral. Dudley instead helps Brougham and the people around him to focus on their spiritual lives, and in the Bishop’s case, the love he has for his wife Julia (played by Loretta Young). At the end of the movie, Brougham reads a Christmas sermon that Dudley rewrote for him. Break out the tissues…
We’ll be back to normal (whatever that is) tomorrow. Again, Merry Christmas!