From the 1960s into the 1980s, Rankin/Bass Productions made more than a dozen bizarre stop-motion Christmas specials. Their most famous was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which still appears on television every December. You'd think Rudolph and all the other seasonal classics created by Rankin/Bass would be pretty tame, harmless stuff - a fun and innocent way for a kid to pass a couple of hours around the holidays. But when you look beyond the jerky animation and Technicolor costumes, you'll notice that these shows were actually pretty weird. And surprisingly dark for holiday stories intended for kids.
Rankin/Bass stopped production in 1987, but their bizarro Christmas specials live on, both on the internet and in the memories of those who grew up watching them. And, in some cases, in the nightmares of those who grew up watching them.
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