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memories of the ’80s – The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Well known in the 1970s for their animated specials, Rankin/Bass completed their last holiday special in 1985 with The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Based on the 1902 book by L. Frank Baum (best known as the author of … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Gulliver’s Travels

Originally published by Jonathan Swift in 1726, 251 years later, a mix of animation and live-action came to the big screen with the release of Gulliver’s Travels. Starring Richard Harris as Lemuel Gulliver, the film begins with him stating his … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown

Kicking of the 1980s, the next Peanuts TV special focused on Snoopy, love and life under the big top with Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown. Based on the Charles Schultz comic strip, Charlie and friends are lured to see … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown

Our underdog hero, Charlie Brown, was the star of many TV specials, including one that featured him and the Little Red-Haired Girl in It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. Airing in October 1977, the animated special was the 16th for … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Be My Valentine Charlie Brown

In the mid ’70s, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang faced up to the day devoted to hearts in the tv special Be My Valentine Charlie Brown. Released in 1975 prior to Valentine’s Day on CBS TV, this was the … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Witch’s Night Out

Kids of the 1970s were treated to several Halloween specials, including this made in Canada gem: Witch’s Night Out.  Produced, directed and written by John Leach, this animated kids’ Halloween special featured eight unique voices, including Gilda Radner, Catherine O’Hara … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – The Great Mouse Detective

In the mid 1980s, it was a film starring mice that captured the hearts of kids at the box office: The Great Mouse Detective. Based on a series of books by author Eve Titus, Basil of Baker Street, this creature … Continue reading

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