Holidays Feeling Blech? Feel Blechman!

This is still my all-time favorite TV Christmas thingie. Designed by R.O. Blechman, animated by Willis Pyle, with music arranged by Arnie Black.

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  1. Al B. Wesolowsky

    I remember the first time I saw this, on network television, ca. 1967, and it’s stuck with me for some 45 years. It’s a masterpiece of condensed story-telling, with scene-setting, characters, the spectre of conflict, and a twist ending. Watching this animation is like a master class in the three-act structure of drama, and the utter simplicity of the drawing style is perfect for the story. I think that had the drawing been more lavishly detailed, or heavily rendered, the overall effect would have been far weaker.

    Thanks for reminding us that great things can come in small packages!

  2. srbissette

    Thanks, Al, for that fine, succinct assessment. I think this is among the greatest animated short films ever made, a real gem, and you’ve stated all the reasons why—and, it’s enchanting. Happy Holidays, my friend!

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