Saturday, December 14, 2013

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Frosty the Snowman & Tributes to Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims

Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" that we could use to artificially stimulate our Christmas spirit.

Today in Television History
December 14, 1969

Frosty the Snowman first aired on CBS.  

The show, based on the popular song of the same title, was produced for television by Rankin/Bass and featured the voices of comedians Jimmy Durante as narrator and Jackie Vernon as the title character. This special marked the first use of traditional cel animation for Rankin/Bass. Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass wanted to give the show and its characters the look of a Christmas card, so Paul Coker, Jr., a greeting card and MAD Magazine artist, was hired to do the character and background drawings. The actual animation work was done in Japan, by Osamu Tezuka's studio, Mushi Production. Rankin/Bass veteran writer Romeo Muller adapted and expanded the story for television as he had done with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 1964

December 14, 2012  
Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut.
In tribute to the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, “SNL” struck a reverential chord by opening with The New York City Children’s Choir singing a moving rendition of “Silent Night.”

TV Tributes to Newtown's Victims

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Tony Figueroa
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