WEFOUNDA Christmas Carol Centaur Classics (Annotated)


Hardrock, Coco and Joe is a 1951 short stop motion animated cartoon based on a song written by Stuart Hamblen . It is about three of Santa Claus ' helpers who ride on Santa's sleigh each Christmas . The short has become an annual "Christmas Classic" on Chicago 's WGN-TV and Johnstown, PA WJAC-TV since its introduction in the mid-1950s. The film is entirely in black-and-white .

Its full title is Hardrock, Coco and Joe - The Three Little Dwarfs . It was originally created by a company called Centaur Productions utilizing the stop-motion talents of artist Wah Ming Chang . Its running time is about 2 minutes and 45 seconds. (The Santa figure's facial features resemble Wah Chang.) This cartoon is traditionally broadcast with their two other short Christmas cartoons, " Suzy Snowflake " and " Frosty the Snowman ".

According to the narrative song, Hardrock drives Santa's sleigh, and Coco navigates with maps. Santa "has no need for Joe/ but takes him 'cause he loves him so". (However, in the Bozo the Clown special "A Bozo Christmas," Coco states that Joe, who was unable to go with them that year due to illness, was in charge of crisis management.) Part of the charm of this primitively-made cartoon is that Joe, the smallest of the three, and very boyish-looking, has a deep bass voice.

Hardrock, Coco and Joe is a 1951 short stop motion animated cartoon based on a song written by Stuart Hamblen . It is about three of Santa Claus ' helpers who ride on Santa's sleigh each Christmas . The short has become an annual "Christmas Classic" on Chicago 's WGN-TV and Johnstown, PA WJAC-TV since its introduction in the mid-1950s. The film is entirely in black-and-white .

Its full title is Hardrock, Coco and Joe - The Three Little Dwarfs . It was originally created by a company called Centaur Productions utilizing the stop-motion talents of artist Wah Ming Chang . Its running time is about 2 minutes and 45 seconds. (The Santa figure's facial features resemble Wah Chang.) This cartoon is traditionally broadcast with their two other short Christmas cartoons, " Suzy Snowflake " and " Frosty the Snowman ".

According to the narrative song, Hardrock drives Santa's sleigh, and Coco navigates with maps. Santa "has no need for Joe/ but takes him 'cause he loves him so". (However, in the Bozo the Clown special "A Bozo Christmas," Coco states that Joe, who was unable to go with them that year due to illness, was in charge of crisis management.) Part of the charm of this primitively-made cartoon is that Joe, the smallest of the three, and very boyish-looking, has a deep bass voice.

The Christmas season is a stressful enough time in itself, not to mention having to contend with the added annoyance of what passes for Christmas music in the context of twenty first century pop music -- "Christmas with my homeboys," or a standard Christmas carol ululated out of proportion by some over-rated diva to the accompaniment of sycophantic synthesizers. Take that Christmas album out of the changer, toss it out into the snow where it belongs, and pick up The Sounds of Christmas on Guitar for a genuine dose of Christmas cheer to go with your spiced apple cider, presents, and holiday family time.

Hardrock, Coco and Joe is a 1951 short stop motion animated cartoon based on a song written by Stuart Hamblen . It is about three of Santa Claus ' helpers who ride on Santa's sleigh each Christmas . The short has become an annual "Christmas Classic" on Chicago 's WGN-TV and Johnstown, PA WJAC-TV since its introduction in the mid-1950s. The film is entirely in black-and-white .

Its full title is Hardrock, Coco and Joe - The Three Little Dwarfs . It was originally created by a company called Centaur Productions utilizing the stop-motion talents of artist Wah Ming Chang . Its running time is about 2 minutes and 45 seconds. (The Santa figure's facial features resemble Wah Chang.) This cartoon is traditionally broadcast with their two other short Christmas cartoons, " Suzy Snowflake " and " Frosty the Snowman ".

According to the narrative song, Hardrock drives Santa's sleigh, and Coco navigates with maps. Santa "has no need for Joe/ but takes him 'cause he loves him so". (However, in the Bozo the Clown special "A Bozo Christmas," Coco states that Joe, who was unable to go with them that year due to illness, was in charge of crisis management.) Part of the charm of this primitively-made cartoon is that Joe, the smallest of the three, and very boyish-looking, has a deep bass voice.

The Christmas season is a stressful enough time in itself, not to mention having to contend with the added annoyance of what passes for Christmas music in the context of twenty first century pop music -- "Christmas with my homeboys," or a standard Christmas carol ululated out of proportion by some over-rated diva to the accompaniment of sycophantic synthesizers. Take that Christmas album out of the changer, toss it out into the snow where it belongs, and pick up The Sounds of Christmas on Guitar for a genuine dose of Christmas cheer to go with your spiced apple cider, presents, and holiday family time.

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