Classic Christmas Carols Receive Very First Official Videos
This holiday season, UMe has once again partnered with legendary artists and estates to create official animated videos for some of the most beloved Christmas carols in the Christmas canon, like Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank sinatra, The Jackson 5, Jimmy Durante, Marvin Gaye, and Nat King Cole.
Most of the animation videos were produced by Fantoons Animation Studios, with Ella Fitzgerald’s âSleigh Rideâ created by the Pixel Park team; Jackson 5’s âSanta Claus Is Coming To Townâ hosted by Troy Browne and Chaz Bottoms, with puppets created by Adam Kreutinger and operated by puppeteers Alex Griffin and Jayden Libran; and “I Want To Come Home For Christmas” by Marvin Gaye directed by Tim Fox and hosted by Daniel Crossan. The videos cover a variety of styles and themes and feature animators from around the world giving a unique twist to the holidays.
In addition to the animation videos, several engaging lyric videos have been created for Beach boys’ “The Man with All the Toys”, “Can you hear what I hear” by Bing Crosby and “It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas”, “Baby, it’s cold outside” by Dean Martin and ” The ‘Nat King Cole’ happiest Christmas tree which are perfect for the holiday season.
âUMe has created a series of videos for many of UMG’s most loved and enduring vacation hits as we once again partner with our artists to continue this tradition,â said Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO of the management of UMe, UMG’s global catalog company. âThis year’s videos were created by directors and artists around the world and embody the holiday spirit as these timeless songs have been creatively reinterpreted. ”
In the video for “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Bing Crosby, viewers are taken on a Christmas journey through the perspective of several generations of hopeful and hard-working family members, from the start of the century. century to the 1970s in New York to the present day, as they attempt to return home for the holidays, while Bing serenades over the decades. In “The Little Drummer Boy,” a similar theme is told as a boy, far from his family, makes a living cleaning the backstage every night.
On a particularly depressing evening, as Christmas quickly approaches and the estrangement from his family grows darker and darker, the boy turns rusty buckets and buckets into drums and the theater, studded with references Crosby, and his Inanimate inhabitants come to life as he offers his unique and modest gift of drumming. In Burl Ives’ “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer” a new chapter is added to one of the most famous Christmas tales of all as Rudolph Jr. saves Christmas after the flashing malfunctions of the Neuro Observation Sensor (NOSE) equipment, forcing Rudolph to switch to the action just like his famous father.
Dean Martin is recruited by Santa and Mrs. Noel to take care of Christmas chores as they sneak out on a tropical vacation in the hilarious “I’ve Got My Love To Keep You Warm” video, which features Dean animated by an ingenious mix of photo collages and animation from the 60s. Meanwhile, in the video for “Santa Claus Is Coming Town” by Jackson 5, a delicious hybrid of puppetry and animation, Santa embraces more than his homework and save the world by joyfully delivering gifts and the Christmas spirit around the world to magically transform people. and the areas that need its help the most. Ella Fitzgerald’s “Sleigh Ride” takes viewers on a gripping visual adventure around the world with many “Easter Eggs” to be discovered throughout Ella’s career.
Written and co-directed by David Calcano of Fantoons, Frank Sinatra’s music video “Have a merry little Christmas” beautifully tells the personal story of Calcano, which is truly the universal story of the house and family who disappeared during the holidays after leaving their country in search of a better life, in his case leaving Venezuela for the States -United. To those who had to leave their homesâ¦ in search of a better life, âwent viral in Latin America and struck a chord with people around the world who shared their own stories in the thousands of YouTube comments.
Jimmy Durante tells a different story in the video from “Frosty the Snowman” which features a larger-than-life Frosty in this modern, whimsical take on the classic tale. The video of Marvin Gaye’s poignant “I Want To Go Home For Christmas” takes on a more solemn and serious tone as Gaye, pictured as a taxi driver during the holidays, travels around town and helps veterans, as the light on his cab reads, come home for Christmas. Written and recorded in 1972 about supporting American prisoners of war and told from a soldier’s perspective, the song was released posthumously in 2019 on the Motown / UMe album, You’re the Man. The video was created on Veterans Day in partnership with Paralyzed Veterans of America.
To celebrate the unifying spirit of Christmas, Nat King Cole’s “O Come All Ye Faithful” brought together 20 different visual styles from artists around the world to tell “The Greatest Story Ever Told” with their distinctive interpretations. The story of Christ’s birth has been uniquely illustrated by 27 artists from 15 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, United States and Venezuela.
For those looking for more holiday entertainment, The Ed Sullivan Show Official YouTube Channel will add classic performance to The Ed Sullivan Show Holiday playlist from her archive of seasonal favorites throughout the month, including “The Christmas Song” by Dolores Gray, “Baby’s First Christmas” by Connie Francis, “Jingle Bells” by Shari Lewis and his adorable sidekicks Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse; darling standards âAve Mariaâ by Joselito, a Sandler & Young medley singing âDo You Hear What I Hear? / Silent Night / O Holy Night â, the Mexican Boystown choir withâ Auld Lang Syne â; and a medley on the theme of Bobby Sherman’s vacations.
These videos are just a few of the many ways UMe is celebrating its unparalleled Christmas catalog and helping to increase the joy this holiday season. A variety of new themed digital collections are available to stream now on your favorite streaming service and include the “Christmas For Kids” series, which features classic Christmas carols specially made for children of all ages, like Bing Crosby, Burl Ives and Peggy Lee; âChristmas Carolsâ by Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole and 98 Â°; a pair of George Straight âStrait To Christmasâ, âClassicsâ and âHoliday Jamsâ collections; And a variety of other sets from Dean Martin (“White Christmas”, “Let It Snow”), Nat King Cole (“Joy To The World”) and 98 Â° (“Festive Christmas”).
Stream UMe’s exclusive Christmas playlist.