Have a Holly Jolly Christmas With This Rankin/Bass Quiz!



By: Bambi Turner

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About This Quiz

From Rudolph to Frosty, Rankin/Bass produced some of the most beloved Christmas TV specials of all time and helped shape the story of Santa Claus into what it is today. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the characters and capers behind these classic Christmas tales!

What does Hermey the elf dream of becoming in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?"

Hermey is a misfit among Santa's elves because he prefers dentistry over toy making.


What year was "Frosty the Snowman" released?

A group of school kids placed a magician's cap on a snowman to create Frosty in the 1969 holiday special.


What Rankin/Bass special takes place in Junctionville?

In the 1974 animated short "Twas the Night Before Christmas," Santa decides to bypass Junctionville after learning that the citizens may not believe in St. Nick.


Who served as the narrator in "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town?"

Fred Astaire loaned his voice to Postman Kluger, who served as narrator of the special.


Who is the young boy in "The Little Drummer Boy?"

The musically-inclined Aaron is left an orphan after his parents are killed by bandits when he is just a baby.


Which Rankin/Bass special features the Heat Miser and Snow Miser?

The Heat Miser and Snow Miser, who are at the command of Mother Nature, feature in the 1974 special "The Year Without a Santa Claus."


Who controls the Forest of Burzee in "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus?"

In the 1985 Rankin/Bass special, the Great Ak finds an orphaned boy in the forest, not knowing that the young man will one day be known as Santa Claus.


Who wrote the story that inspired "The Cricket on the Hearth?"

The 1967 Rankin/Bass short was inspired by a 1845 Charles Dickens story.


Which of these does Rudolph join in "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July?"

Rudolph joins Lily Loraine's Circus by the Sea in the 1979 sequel to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."


What is the name of the baby in "Rudolph's Shiny New Year?"

Father Time requests Rudolph's help in tracking down Happy the New Year's Baby in the 1976 holiday special.


What is the name of the singing snowman in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?"

Burl Ives voiced Sam the Snowman, who serves as the singing narrator of the original Rudolph special.


Who travels with Frosty to find the North Pole?

Young Karen and a rabbit named Hocus Pocus travel with Frosty as he attempts to reach the North Pole.


Who wrote the scathing letter to Santa in "Twas the Night Before Christmas?"

Brainy young Albert, son of Father Mouse, wrote the letter that caused Santa to skip over Junctionville on Christmas Eve.


Which Rankin/Bass special featured the Burgermeister?

The Burgermeister rules over the people of Sombertown in "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."


What kind of creature is Baba in "The Little Drummer Boy?"

Baba is a lamb friend of Aaron's who is hit by a Roman chariot while traveling with Samson the donkey and Joshua the camel.


Where do Jingle and Jangle get trapped in "The Year Without a Santa Claus?"

While traveling with Santa's youngest reindeer, Vixen, the elves find themselves trapped in a small town called Southtown.


Who wrote the book that inspired "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus?"

The 1985 holiday special was inspired by a 1902 book penned by L. Frank Baum, of Oz fame.


What is the name of the cricket in "The Cricket on the Hearth?"

Crocket the cricket helps poor toymaker Caleb and his daughter Bertha in the 1967 animated short.


What is the name of the evil reindeer in "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July?"

The devious Winterbolt recruits a mean reindeer named Scratcher to lure Rudolph to the dark side in the 1979 holiday special.


What made Baby New Year run away in "Rudolph's Shiny New Year?"

Embarrassed by his over-sized ears, Baby New Year runs away and heads for the Archipelago of Last Years.


Which Rankin/Bass special features the song "Holly Jolly Christmas?"

Rudolph featured such classic songs as "We're a Couple of Misfits," "Silver and Gold" and "Holly Jolly Christmas."


Who locks Frosty and Karen in the greenhouse?

Professor Hinkle the magician locks Karen and Frosty in the greenhouse, causing Frosty to melt into a puddle.


What do the people of Junctionville use to win Santa over in "Twas the Night Before Christmas?"

Joshua Trundle and his assistant Father Mouse work overtime to get the singing clock ready to welcome Santa on Christmas Eve.


Who marries Kris Kringle in "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town?"

Kris and Ms. Jessica are married in the woods, surrounded by animals and nature.


What is the name of the donkey featured in a 1977 Rankin/Bass special?

"Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey" wore socks to cover his long ears in the 1977 holiday special.


What does the Mayor of Southtown demand before he will release Jingle and Jangle?

The Mayor will only release the elves if it snows on Christmas in "The Year Without a Santa Claus."


What kind of creature is tasked with raising baby Santa in "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus?"

The Greak Ak asks a lioness named Shiegra to raise the baby, but he is kidnapped by a fairy named Necile in the 1985 holiday special.


What year did Rankin/Bass release "Jack Frost?"

The 1979 holiday short was narrated by a groundhog named Pardon-Me-Pete.


What is the name of Jack's love interest in "Jack Frost?"

Frost falls in love with a human named Elisa, but sacrifices his chance at love in order to save the world.


What kind of creature is Aeon the villain in "Rudolph's Shiny New Year?"

Aeon the vulture kidnaps Baby New Year in an effort to stop time and extend his own life in the 1976 Rudolph sequel.


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