Holiday Staples Reworked15 Nov, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Classic Media returns two venerable animated holiday specials to optical disc more than 35 years after their TV debuts.
The 35th anniversary edition DVD of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town ($16.98) incorporates the voices of Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney to tell the tale of how Kris Kringle became the world's most famous gift-giver. The digitally remastered edition includes a CD single of the 1934 song “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town” sung by Mariah Carey.
A CG-animated Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town music video with Carey is included in her Merry Christmas DVD/CD DualDisc release ($18.98) from Columbia Records. The music video will air in conjunction with the ABC airing of the original show later this month.
Based on the 1969 original, The Legend of Frosty the Snowman ($21.98) is now a full-length DVD animated feature with Burt Reynolds replacing Jimmy Durante as narrator and singing the title song. The film also features former standup comic Tom Kenny, better known as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Set in the fictional town of Evergreen, fun is not allowed. Enter Frosty, who teaches the kids how to ice skate, pack a snowball and use a sled. Trouble soon follows as a local school principal ousts the mayor to stop Frosty, and the mayor's son has to save the lovable snowman, his dad and his town.
Extras are a build-your-own-snowman interactive game, a Frosty Says challenge, a Snowball Mania challenge, deleted scenes and previews of the upcoming Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie.