Festival of Family Classics

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Festival of Family Classics
Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Composer(s)Maury Laws
Country of originUnited States
Producer(s)Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
Production company(s)Rankin/Bass Productions
Mushi Studios
DistributorTomorrow Entertainment
DreamWorks Classics
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkSyndication
Original release1972 –

Festival of Family Classics is a Rankin/Bass animated series that originally aired between 1972 and 1973. It was re-aired 1 November 2005 on the Boomerang channel and on 16 June 2011 via the Teletoon Retro network.

Festival of Family Classics is a series of television versions of famous folk tales and classic literature. 16 of the 18 episodes were 20 minutes long. The two 40 minutes-long episodes (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days) were split into two-parters, making 20 episodes in total. Many episodes were animated by two Japanese animation studios: Mushi Production and Topcraft.

Videos have been distributed by several companies, including Prism Entertainment, Anchor Bay Entertainment's Starmaker Video, EBM Group, and Classic Media (now known as DreamWorks Classics due to purchase from DreamWorks Animation in 2012). 12 episodes (including the two-parters as single episodes) have been released on DVD.


List of episodes[edit]

  1. The Song of Hiawatha (January 1, 1972)
  2. Yankee Doodle (September 10, 1972)
  3. Cinderella (September 17, 1972)
  4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (October 1 and 8, 1972) (two-parter)
  5. Jack O' Lantern (October 29, 1972)
  6. Johnny Appleseed (November 5, 1972)
  7. Around the World in 80 Days (November 12 and 19, 1972) (two-parter)
  8. Puss in Boots (December 9, 1972)
  9. A Christmas Tree (December 17, 1972)
  10. The Ballad Of Paul Bunyan (January 7, 1973)
  11. Swiss Family Robinson (January 13, 1973)
  12. The Sleeping Beauty (January 21, 1973)
  13. The Arabian Nights (February 4, 1973)
  14. Alice in Wonderland (February 11, 1973)
  15. Robinson Crusoe (February 18, 1973)
  16. Tom Sawyer (February 25, 1973)
  17. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (March 4, 1973)
  18. Robin Hood (November 26, 1973)

Home media releases[edit]


  • Snövit och De Sju Dvärgarna (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) (SWE-Ayamonte AB)
  • Tom Sawyer (SWE-Ayamonte AB-1995)

Classic Media released 10 episodes on 4 DVDs in between 2006-2007.

  • The Princess Collection (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland)
  • Classic Adventures Volume 1 (Around the World in 80 Days, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
  • Classic Adventures Volume 2 (The Arabian Nights, Robin Hood)
  • Classic Adventures Volume 3 (Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe)


-The 2002 DVD release of Here Comes Peter Cottontail features the Festival of Family Classics episode, Puss in Boots.

-The Mad Mad Mad Monsters DVD includes the Festival of Family Classics episode, Jack O' Lantern.

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