How Well Do You Remember 1960s Stop-Motion Christmas Movies?


By: Carolyn Brooks Fleming

6 Min Quiz

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Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Are you nostalgic for those charming stop-motion Christmas specials you grew up with? Well, let's see if those shows are still embedded in your brain. If so, you'll go down in history!

Where are the Three Kings traveling?

The Three Kings are following the star of Bethlehem, so they have no time to stop and enjoy the entertainment offered by Ben Haramed. They eventually reach the newborn baby Jesus.


What is stop-motion animation?

Stop-motion animation is a series of still images that show movement when viewed in quick succession. Often the animations are made by posing dolls and objects, taking a picture, moving everything a teeny bit, taking another picture, and so on - thousands of times!


Which statement is true about “Rudolph”?

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is the longest-running and highest-rated television special of all time. The animations were filmed in Japan.


Near the end of “Rudolph,” what special talent does the Abominable Snowmonster reveal?

Of course, he can place the star on top of a Christmas tree without a ladder. He's a gentle giant now, and he's more than tall enough.


What is the first line of the song, "The Little Drummer Boy"?

The first line is "Come, they told me." The last line is "Me and my drum."


In the "Rudolph" Christmas special, Sam the Snowman sings, "I don't know if there'll be snow/But have..." what?

Sam the Snowman sings, "I don't know if there'll be snow/But have a cup of cheer " He goes on to sing, "Have a holly jolly Christmas/And in case you didn't hear/Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year "


In “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” what is the name of the prospector?

Yukon Cornelius is prospecting for silver and gold. Believe it or not, in the very first airing of "Ruddolph" he was prospecting for a peppermint mine.


What is Yukon Cornelius’ nickname for the Abominable Snowmonster?

Yukon Cornelius calls the Abominable Snowmonster "the Bumble." It's important to remember that Bumbles bounce.


What does Hermey the elf want to be?

Hermey the elf wants to be a dentist. That's why he, like Rudolph, doesn't fit in.


Who is the voice of Sam the Snowman?

Burl Ives voiced Sam the Snowman. He was a well-known folk singer. He played another character named Sam in "East of Eden," back in 1955.


On the Island of Misfit Toys, why is the train a misfit?

For sure, a train shouldn't have square wheels. And a Jack-in-the-box shouldn't be named Charlie.


Which doe thinks Rudolph is cute?

Clarice thinks Rudolph is cute, and she still likes him after she sees his shiny nose. Sadly, her father forbids her from seeing Rudolph.


Who rules the Island of Misfit Toys?

King Moonracer rules the Island of Misfit Toys. He's a winged lion, very majestic.


On the Island of Misfit Toys, why is the water pistol a misfit?

Everyone knows that water pistols should shoot water, not jelly. It's in the name, after all.


Who gave the little drummer boy his prized drum?

Aaron's father had given him the drum, before he and Aaron's mother were killed by desert bandits. As we all know, the drum goes "pa rum pum pum pum."


What gift does Aaron give to the newborn King?

Aaron has brought no gift for the baby Jesus, so he plays his drum for the newborn King. Jesus smiles at him, helping the drummer boy to realize that his vow to hate all humans was wrong.


What do Rudolph and Hermey decide to be?

Feeling as if they're misfits, they decide to be independent – together! In context, it sort of makes sense.


What does Ben Haramed do with Aaron’s camel?

Ben Haramed learns that the Three Kings lost one of their camels and need a replacement. He sells Aaron’s camel, Joshua, to the kings.


Who is Rudolph’s father?

Donner is Rudolph's father. He's the one who glops mud on poor Rudolph's nose, hoping to hide what made the little buck unique.


Which young buck does Rudolph befriend before the Reindeer Games?

Rudolph makes friends with Fireball. The young bucks notice that the does are watching!


In “The Little Drummer Boy,” who is Baba?

Aaron has three animal friends, including Baba the lamb. The others are Samson the donkey and Joshua the camel.


Some of the Misfit Toys made an appearance on what TV series?

Believe it or not, some of the Misfit Toys appeared on "The Simpsons"! Check out the episode, called "'Tis the Fifteenth Season."


Who is the coach of the Reindeer Games?

Comet is the coach of the Reindeer Games. By today's standards, it's shocking that Comet bans Rudolph from the games, just because he's different. Even worse, Santa agrees!


What was the first stop-motion Christmas special, made by Rankin/Bass?

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” first aired in 1964. Robert L. May had created the Rudolph story as a promotion for the Montgomery Ward department store, then May's brother-in-law wrote a song based on the story, and the rest is history.


In “The Little Drummer Boy,” what is the drummer boy’s name?

The drummer boy, whose parents were killed, is named Aaron. He was voiced by Ted Eccles, who later played Bobby Chandler on "General Hospital."


"There's Always Tomorrow" is a song from which Christmas special?

"There's Always Tomorrow" is a lovely song from "Rudolph." Clarice the doe sings it to Rudolph.


In what year did “The Little Drummer Boy” first air?

“The Little Drummer Boy” first aired in 1968. Popular movies from the same year include "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Rosemary's Baby."


What stop-motion Christmas special did Rankin/Bass create after "The Little Drummer Boy"?

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” came after "The Little Drummer Boy," in 1970. That one featured the voices of Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney.


Which actor provided the voice of Ben Haramed in “The Little Drummer Boy”?

José Ferrer voiced Ben Haramed. Ferrer is also known for his performances in “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Dune” and “The Caine Mutiny.”


In the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," in what order are the other eight reindeer mentioned?

"You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen/Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,/But do you recall /The most famous reindeer of all? "


What song does Aaron the drummer boy perform for a crowd in Jerusalem?

The crowd loves Aaron’s performance of “Why Can’t the Animals Smile?” Unfortunately, Aaron doesn’t understand how people can be happy while he’s still traumatized by the death of his parents, so he vows to hate all humans.


Who captures Aaron the drummer boy and his friends?

Ben Haramed, a greedy wandering performer, captures Aaron and his animal friends. Haramed hopes to add Aaron to his act.


What is the first commercially released stop-motion film?

“The Humpty Dumpty Circus” was released way back in 1898! It showed a day in the life of a toy circus.


How many reindeer help Rudolph pull Santa’s sleigh at the end of the show?

Only six reindeer fly with Rudolph, because the reindeer models were expensive to make. But they made it through the snowstorm and delivered all the toys made by elves, plus they found loving homes for the Misfit Toys. So who's counting?


What year is represented in the copyright notice at the end of "Rudolph," written as MCLXIV?

Even though the show debuted in 1964, the copyright year shown in Roman numerals is 1164! Major typo. The Roman numeral for 1964 is MCMLXIV, not MCLXIV.


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