Friday, December 14, 2007

The Legend of St. Nicholas

The Rankin-Bass folks got a bunch of great Christmas specials. Sure, there's the classic Rudolph, and the legendary Year without a Santa Claus, and the strange but personally intriguing Rudolph's Shiny New Year.

There's some room for additions in the religious realm, though. Yes, it's true that Kris and Jessica say their vows before God in Santa Claus is Comin to Town, and that the animals bring presents for the baby Jesus. Yes, there's Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey, which tells the story of Bethlehem from...well...a unique historical perspective. And there's "The First Christmas" which stars Angela Lansbury as Sister Theresa (more in the next post).

But in all this...AND I might add, a few different renditions/tellings of the Santa Claus story...no mention of St. Nicholas!

So I modestly propose that someone with lots of spending money hire Rankin-Bass to tell the story of St. Nicholas. And let me know if you do, because I want to write it: particularly the scene when St. Nicholas slaps Arius in the face at the Council of Nicaea. I'm not in the Writers' Union, and I work cheap.

4 comments:

gobbagram said...

How about the Hannuka story for all the little Jewish children?

Claud said...

Hey, now that's a great idea!!

Judah Maccabee and his brothers fighting against Antiochus Epiphanes...reclaiming the Temple and burning the oil for eight days. It's tailor-made for Rankin-Bass.

How's your writing, gobbagram? ;)

gobbagram said...

Not as good as yours! Go to it!

Anonymous said...

Whos is gobbagram? I know what a gabba is...it's Latin for kiddies.

Hey Jo...wassup?