Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1944) is the original classic cartoon version of this endearing Christmas tale, which was created by Max Fleischer two decades before Rudolph came to the small screen.  Johnny Marks’ infectious song leads into the well-known story of Santa’s winter weather troubles and how the bullied little deer saved the night.  The other reindeer in Christmastown don’t make Rudolph feel very welcome, constantly making fun of his shiny red nose.  But when terrible weather threatens to keep Santa Claus from making his annual toy-giving rounds, Rudolph is added to the team precisely for that bright nose, which guides Santa’s sleigh through the skies like a beacon in the night.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1944)

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The Poetics of Hope: A Wish for Peace in Our Time

Dove of Peace: Pablo Picasso, Lithograph (1949)

Playing For Change: Song Around the World-“Stand By Me”

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Fay Ray: William Wegman’s Narrative Portraits of Fay

Zebra, 1989

Cinderella with Glass Slipper, 1993

Moosehead, 1994

Red Toy, 2006

Entabled, 1988

Fay Ray: William Wegman’s Narrative Portraits of Fay

Fay Ray is a collection of William Wegman’s remarkable portraits of his dogs, focusing on his Weimaraner Fay Ray, and her progeny.  Wegman’s photographs, videotapes, paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally.  Numerous traveling retrospectives of Wegman’s work have been organized over the past three decades.

The photographs in this collection are gorgeous; Fay’s grace permeates the photographs with an unexpected dignity.  For example, Fay transforms Zebra from a simple photograph of a dog in a cardigan to an abstract piece that contrasts animals dressed as humans with animals dressed as other animals; the simplicity of the portrait Entabled brings to mind classical Greek nudes.

William Wegman’s Photographs of His Amazing Weimaraner Dogs

Fay Ray: William Wegman’s Narrative Portraits of Fay

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Christmas in New York City

Christmas in New York City

Christmas in New York City is a beautiful three-minute holiday short film by the young Seattle filmmaker Matthew Brown.  The film presents amazing imagery of the city and really captures some of the best moments of New York City during the Christmas season.

Christmas in New York City

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The Wonderful Star Wars Christmas Special

The Wonderful Star Wars Christmas Special

The Star Wars Christmas Special is a new holiday short film directed and produced by Nick Murphy and Paul Ritchey at Gamervision.   Since the notoriously bad Star Wars Holiday Special is so difficult to find, Gamervision decided to make a holiday version of their own, using original scenes from the film with new dialogue, voice overs, fancy editing and much more.  It’s definitely the best holiday movie in the whole galaxy!

The Wonderful Star Wars Christmas Special

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Five Shots of Scrooge’s Anti-Christmas Bah, Humbug!

Five Shots of Scrooge’s Anti-Christmas Bah, Humbug!

This is a group of five nine-second animated short films on the topic of Christmas that was created by Treat Studios, a London-based collective of young animators.  The general theme of the animated shorts was to surprise people with something really Anti-Christmas, and to transform something boring into something amazing.  The films are really fun to watch and will surely provide you with much merriment!

The Christmas Trees

Santa’s Little Workshop

The Pole Dancer

The Reindeer

The Christmas Carol Singers

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Nicholas Was: The Darker Side of Christmas

Nicholas Was: The Darker Side of Christmas

Nicholas was,
Older than sin,
And his beard could grow no whiter,
He wanted to die.

Nicholas Was is a darkly humorous animated short film, the 2010 Christmas Card created by the Beijing studio, 39 Degrees North.  The animated short is an adaptation of a wonderful poem by the fantastic Neil Gaiman.  The film begins by taking a rather unconventional route, and after that there’s simply no turning back. The pull of the dark side becomes just too strong, resulting in an arduous and thankless trip for St. Nicholas that is way beyond awesome.

Nicholas Was: The Darker Side of Christmas

(Best Watched in HD Full-Screen Mode)

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