White Christmas is another one of my favorite holiday movies. (Okay, fine. I rarely meet a holiday film I don’t like. But that’s besides the point.) Have you ever seen it? I’m a more recent fan so I won’t hold it against you. I would hurry though. You are missing out. As the highest grossing film of 1954, White Christmas bursts with a heartwarming story and classic songs by Irving Berlin like “White Christmas” and “Snow” – it’s the perfect holiday treat.
So what does this have to do with Disney? Good question. But both leading men have Disney connections. Bing Crosby was the narrator of the animated short The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) while Danny Kaye’s work for Disney began almost 30 years after White Christmas was released. He was the host of the 25th anniversary of Disneyland, and took on similar duties in a special celebrating the opening of EPCOT! (Drew Barrymore was in this as well!)
For me, the enjoyment of White Christmas is just intensified knowing that both of these men played a small part in the history of Disney.
My favorite scene from White Christmas:
Danny Kaye in EPCOT celebration. HE SINGS!
The first part of Ichabod & Mr. Toad (listen for Bing Crosby):
If you are looking for more Bing Crosby entertainment this holiday season, I do love his holiday albums!