(I have always loved the elegant minimalism and great sensitivity of this piece ... I had it on Super-8mm from Blackhawk Films in the late 70's . I've been glad to notice that since I posted it to YouTube on Dec. 24, 2006 that it has received over 281,350 views to date. So a few other people appreciate it too I guess.)
This is from Blechman's Christmas special for PBS, "Simple Gifts" ... opening sequence designed by Maurice Sendak , animated by Ed Smith.
I wish this beautiful Christmas special were available on DVD . I don't know why PBS doesn't air it annually . '
The bits of it available on YouTube are not the best presentations , but unfortunately all that is available at the moment .
Christmas 1914 -
No Room at the Inn -
Here's Richard Williams wonderful (though much too short ) animated version of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" ---
This is another film that should be available in a restored version on DVD , but is only available on the internet.
A cel from "A Christmas Carol" that I own. This was animated by Abe Levitow. Director Richard Williams graciously autographed it for me last time I saw him at the Disney Studio when he was there giving a lecture about animation.