Saturday, November 20, 2010

K.A.C. - T - 35 Days ...

What's one of the yearly traditions of the season? The tree, the eggnog, the snow, of course ... and in many homes the reading of Clement Moore's THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Now there have been many versions of this tale put to film (and we will revisit it again before this year's edition of the K.A.C. is done), but none QUITE so creepily disturbing as what follows ... THE CHRISTMAS VISITOR. Made in 1959 by the
British animation team of John Halas and Joy Batchelor, it starts off with the original poem, then veers crazily off into "The Steadfast Tin Soldier vs. Snidely Whiplash" territory as the toys go nuts and stage an all-out battle under the tree!
I'm not sure this is what Mr. Moore had in mind when he wrote the poem (especially the 'changed' ending), but it fits right in here!

So gather the kiddies, turn down the lights and enjoy THE CHRISTMAS VISITOR!

Coming tomorrow: the SECOND of our 13 Oddest Christmas Shorts - be there!

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