FW MOVIE PICK: RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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This is shockingly the longest Rankin Bass Production to date (its 97 minutes; but nearly two hours when watching it on TV) and it brings together two memorable Christmas icons together with this sweet crossover event! Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph. But now Winterbolt’s awake. He gives Frosty’s family magic amulets to keep them from melting until the Fourth of July so that Frosty and Rudolph can help Lilly’s circus and Milton can marry his girlfriend on the high-wire, and Santa will use his sleigh to make sure everybody gets back to the North Pole in time…which leaves Winterbolt alone at the North Pole on the Fourth. I love this special for the chemistry of the titular characters! As well as classic songs like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Everything I’ve Always Wanted”, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, “Everyday Is Just Like Christmas”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “No Bed of Roses” and “We’re a Couple of Misfits”. A worthy recommendation for Christmas!

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