Tournament of Roses Parade

Tournament of Roses Parade

You've dragged yourself out of bed after staying up late to watch the ball drop in Times Square. Somewhat bleary-eyed, you reach for the television remote to watch yet another time-honored tradition. Across the screen, a steady stream of flower-laden floats pass through thousands of cheering spectators. This isn't just any morning; it's the start of a brand new year! And what better way to kick things off than the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, live from the streets of Pasadena, California? Continue reading...

Clarabell the Clown

Clarabell

What a travesty it would be to have a circus without a clown – something no less odd than a western without a horse. Such was the dilemma on the popular children’s show, Puppet Playhouse, featuring host, Buffalo Bob Smith and a lovable puppet named Howdy Doody. Taking place within a circus big-top setting, the show had everything a kid could ever want – except for a clown. That’s where Clarabell comes in... Continue reading...

Spiderman

Spiderman

It didn’t take a rocket science to predict that the legendary Marvel Comics superhero, Spiderman, would eventually show up on the Saturday morning airwaves. And from the moment it first aired in 1967, the cartoon was destined to be a classic. With legendary animator Ralph Bakshi supervising the production and a swinging theme song so catchy it adhered to the brain cells as securely as Spidey climbing a skyscraper, it was pretty clear from the get-go that Spiderman would find a loyal following. Continue reading...

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

He’s the leader of the pack, the guiding light that leads Santa on his journey every year, ensuring that all those gifts make it safely to a cozy resting place under the tree. His name is Rudolph, and for over four decades, kids have eagerly tuned in as the holidays draw near to share his adventurous journey - in the beloved, 1964 animated special, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Continue reading...

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

It’s virtually impossible to avoid the tidal wave of commercialism that accompanies each holiday season, sending shoppers scurrying to the nearest department store to empty their wallets. Perhaps to provide some counterbalance, a quaint little cartoon airs each year, serving as a reminder that other aspects of Christmas might be more worthy of celebration. A favorite since it first aired in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has touched the hearts of millions of television viewers with its back-to-basics approach to Christmas. Its enduring success stems from its charming simplicity, endearing characters, and an infectious, jazz-laced musical score that replays in one’s memory long after the cartoon’s conclusion. Join us as we take a look back at this beloved classic. Continue reading...

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Few holiday specials are as well remembered and beloved as the collection of stop-animation offerings from Rankin/Bass Productions that originated in the 60s and 70s. Today, we look back at the 1970 classic, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, a charming tale that taught many of us the evolution of the big jolly guy in the red suit. Continue reading...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Ask any random group of people what their favorite annual holiday television show is you will likely get substantial votes for How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Based on a children’s book of the same name, written in 1957 by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss,) the characters were brought to life (in animated form) on television for the first time during the Christmas season of 1966 and over 40 years later, there are no signs of diminished popularity. Continue reading...