Retro Records: The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow (1969)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs was originally released back in 1969. I can’t think of a better way to help get you in the spirit of the Season than listening to this offering.

This particular LP is a bit different than others that Walt Disney produced and released. For one thing it doesn’t feature Bing Crosby’s narration or singing from the 1949 animated short film. This record is narrated by Billy Bletcher and contains two songs. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, the latter sounds like it is sung by Thurl Ravenscroft.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow story for this record is an abbreviated version used in the 1949 theatrical short. While I do wish it ran a little longer, I am glad it manages to hit all of the beats of the animated offering. Also while sadly not included on the video below – the LP came with a booklet featuring 11 pages of story and art. For kids to follow along with the record of course.

On the second side of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs was another Washington Irving story. Rip Van Winkle. This too was narrated by Billy Bletcher and featured two songs but sadly I’ve not been able to find it online.

So join us on Retro Records as we gather around to hear The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs!

Disney Audio Archive

Now that you’ve enjoyed The Legend of Sleepy Hollow how about we give a listen to Rip Van Winkle?

I already told you that I wasn’t able to locate the second side of the 1969 album. But since we are in the mood for more Washington Irving stories, why not enjoy this Mercury Records version instead?

[Via] Kiddie Records Weekly

The Lorax (1972)

The Lorax
Good morning! Today marks what would have been the 109th Birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel or as we know him better, the beloved Dr. Seuss. What better way to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Seuss than taking a moment with your little ones to watch the animated classic adaptation by the DePatie-Freleng studio from back in 1972 and spreading its very important message?

The Lorax originally debuted on February 14, 1972 on the CBS Network and features the voice talents of Bob Holt (Wizards, Bedknobs and Broomsticks) as the Lorax and the Once-ler and Eddie Albert (Green Acres, Escape to Witch Mountain) as the narrator of the story. The legendary Thurl Ravenscroft (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Haunted Mansion) also appears in the special with an uncredited singing role, though it’s not even remotely hard to tell when he is singing.

There are four animated specials from my youth that I can recall never missing, in those stone age days when we didn’t even have a VCR you had one chance in the year to catch them or you would have to wait until the next year, those were the Lorax, Puff the Magic Dragon, The Hobbit, and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
[Via] The Gayvian Heart

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