Santa's Magical Stories [3 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 4639200
  • Release Date: 10/04/2011
  • Rating: NR
This collection brings together some of the most popular holiday-themed musical specials of all time. The collection includes: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas , Jack Frost (1979), The Year Without a Santa Clause, Nestor: The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey and much more .
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (64 out of 66)

Special Features


  • Disc 3:
  • Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July the featurette-length delight about what happens when a certain reindeer's nose stops shining!
  • Grinch commentary and assorted fun featurettes!

Synopsis


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Chuck Jones' animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas originally aired on television in 1966 and has since become a holiday family favorite. Voiced by Boris Karloff (who also narrates), the Grinch lives on top of a hill overlooking Whoville with his dog, Max. Each year at Christmas time, the Grinch's hatred grows stronger toward those insufferably cheerful Whos down in Whoville. Content to exchange presents, eat large banquets, and sing songs in the town square, the Whos live in a blissful ignorance of the Grinch's contempt. One year, he gets the idea to stop Christmas from coming by dressing up as Santa Claus. He cobbles together an outfit and makes his dog drag him around on a sleigh while sneaking into the Whos' homes and stealing their presents, food, and decorations. After he has stolen every last thing, the Whos wake up on Christmas morning to sing in the town square, causing the Grinch to question the basis of his nefarious plan. Thurl Ravenscroft (the voice of kid cereal mascot Tony the Tiger) provides the vocals for the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." This story was remade into a live-action movie in 2000 by director Ron Howard starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July
Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July is an animated feature where Santa Claus must rescue Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman from a cruel wizard who has stranded the beloved characters on a sunny seashore. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Pinocchio's Christmas
Pinnochio struggles to earn enough money to buy his father Gepetto a Christmas present in this animated holiday puppet show. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

A Miser Brothers' Christmas
The holiday hijinks of The Year Without a Santa Claus's Heat Miser and Snow Miser continue in this follow-up to the Rankin and Bass classic. In this film, the fraternal foes must put aside their heated rivalry to make sure Christmas comes for the whole world. ~ Kimber Myers, Rovi

Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
In this animated holiday outing, a good-hearted little donkey is the butt of many jokes because of his exceptionally long ears. Despite the constant ribbing, Nestor grows up to perform a very important task on the very first Christmas Eve. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Rudolph's Shiny New Year
Rudolph is again a hero when he comes to the rescue of Baby New Year (otherwise time would stand still!). This animation/puppet combo features the talented voices of Red Skelton and Frank Gorshin. ~ Phillip Erlewine, Rovi

Leprechaun's Christmas Gold
An enchanted being from the Emerald Isle must rescue his village from an evil monster in this animated adventure from Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass. Dinty Doyle the Leprechaun wants to find the ideal Christmas tree for his family's home, but just when he's found a seemingly perfect pine near the Irish coast, he discovers a terrible banshee has been trapped inside the tree. Dinty accidentally releases the creature, which soon sweeps through the Leprechaun's village, stealing the golden treasures they'd been saving for Christmas presents. Can Lord Patrick, king of the little people, conquer the banshee and save Christmas? The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold features the voice talents of Art Carney and Peggy Cass. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Year without a Santa Claus
In Jules Bass' puppet-animated A Year Without A Santa Claus, an elf and a young boy have to rescue Santa from the evil Heat Meiser and Snow Meiser. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Jack Frost
The 1979 Rankin/Bass production Jack Frost is a made-for-TV stop motion animation feature. Buddy Hacket narrates the story as the voice of groundhog Pardon-Me-Pete. The spirit of winter, Jack Frost (voice of Robert Morse) falls for a young woman named Elisa (voice of Debra Clinger). He asks Father Winter to make him into a human so he can win her love. However, she is already engaged to the brave knight, Sir Danny. When the villianous King Kubla Kraus (voice of Paul Frees) kidnaps her, Jack has to turn back into his spirit form in order to use his powers to save her. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Holiday Fun

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    applefan2000
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    We try to have various DVDs for the family to watch at holiday time, and I had been looking for a copy of The Year Without a Santa Claus so our sons could watch it. This is a very good set, across 3 discs also including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold, Pinocchio's Christmas, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, Jack Frost, A Miser Brother's Christmas, and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July. However, it does not include all of the well-known Rankin Bass specials like The Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman. Since we already owned those, it didn't really matter, but one day it would be nice if Warner Brothers released a mega box set of all of the Rankin Bass specials. Still, the kids loved this set and I'm certain they will be thrilled for many more holidays to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice little Collection

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    PDXgrl
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    I bought this in store, and only paid $9.99, which it was totally worth, but at a higher price point some may be disappointed. My main reason was to have a DVD copy of Dr Seuss's The Grinch Cartoon but I did appreciate that it also has some of the classic Rankin/Bass puppet animated specials I watched as a child but they aren't the most popular ones: ie Santa Claus is Coming to Town, but instead: The Year Without A Santa Claus-a cute story though. Overall though this is a good buy as a warehouse store had it for 16.99.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great collection of Christmas finest films!

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    Itsmepeace
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    Excellent choices and added bonuses make up a wonderful collection for young and old alike !! Nestor will make you giggle, the miser brothers will make you sizzle and chilly, Santa will make you smile with his cantankerous self, and Rudolph makes the night lite up with his bright lil nose!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can’t go wrong

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    Clikman
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    You just can’t go wrong with this set for ten bucks. Everything the kids could want in a set of classics. Forget about blue ray- these flicks won’t ever be more crisp than they are in this rendition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Christmas memories

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    Superchick007
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    I saw this Santa’s Magical stories at Best Buy and had to buy it. It has one of my favorite Christmas stories and 3 more. You never get to see these come on TV anymore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    must have classics

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    present
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    i have been watching these since i was a child and they are great, every one should own these movies even if you do not have kids, i will be watching these every christmas season till i die.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Christmas classics

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    Donna
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    Very cute movies. A lot of different ones to choose from. Had several Christmas themed movie nights this December from the DVD’s included.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Christmas movies

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    Jrod
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    Have been looking for these movies for a long time and they no longer play them on TV. Thanks Best Buy for letting relive my childhood

    I would recommend this to a friend


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