I have word that Yuletide Flickers will be back from replication Friday, so I thought it would be a good day to highlight the set! It’s available on Amazon as of today. I’ll be sending the pre-orders with the bonus disc as soon as it arrives. It was a fun one to put together late last year, and in-between other projects I worked on cleaning up the films for this set a little more for this years official pressed release.
Chris Buchman and Rex Schneider, who collectively form the Blue Mouse Studio, curated the films with me, and provided the nice menus and graphics for this little set. I helped Chris and Rex also produce three other sets: Grotesqueries, Back the Attack and An Interview with Walter Lantz.
They’ve put together a nice flyer that’s included with the set featuring some great information about the films.
The idea was to have a collection that resembled both holiday shows at movie theaters and the home movie experiences of the past. Most of the holiday-themed films for home movie use would likely stay on the shelf at both people’s homes and camera stores most of the time, then would be hauled out for the holiday. It’s a sometimes odd batch of films, with some cobbled together from stock footage from the states as well as other countries. Some of these were best sellers for the home movie companies like Castle Films, in 16mm and 8mm formats.
Collector and historian Paul Mular was kind in lending some beautiful material for this set, as was collector Jeff Missinne. The very first 16mm print I ever bought was Van Beuren’s ‘Christmas Night’ (Pals) starring The Little King, and I was happy to have this cartoon included on the set.
Here’s a complete list of the contents of the set- in the six programs. It’s nearly three hours all together.
Festive Novelties from the 20s:
‘Santa Claus is Coming’ (1920)
‘Five Orphans of the Storm’ Aesop’s Fables (1924)
‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ (1922)
‘T’was the Night Before Christmas’ (1925)
‘The Toy Shop’ (1928) in Technicolor
Christmas Time in Toyland
A Christmas Dream
The Night Before Christmas
The First Christmas
Jingle Bells (1926)
Season’s Greetings (1946)
Santa’s Surprize (1948)
Christmas Daze (1958)
Hector’s Hectic Life (1948)
Toys will be Toys (1949)
Frosty The Snowman (1951)
Hardrock, Coco and Joe (1951)
Suzie Snowflake (1951)
Choir Sing Alongs:
A Collection of Carols
The Shanty Where Santa Claus Lives (1933)
The Snowman (1931)
Christmas Night (1934)
The set is available on Amazon here.
Here’s a little preview of the set:
Below is The Shanty Where Santa Claus Lives, the classic 1933 Harman/Ising cartoon presented here in HD – as included on the set. Have a good week everyone!