|Directed by:|| Arthur Rankin, Jr.|
|Written by:||Julian P. Gardner|
|Narrated by:||Greer Garson|
|Release date:||December 13, 1974|
|Running time:||22 minutes|
|Related specials:||The Little Drummer Boy|
The Little Drummer Boy, Book II is Rankin/Bass's tenth Christmas television special, released in 1974. As the title suggests, it is the sequel to the 1968 special The Little Drummer Boy. It is also notably the only Rankin/Bass special to receive an Emmy nomination.
The special picks up where The Little Drummer Boy left off-- at the little stable in Bethlehem, shortly after the birth of Jesus. Melchior, one of the three kings from the first movie, invites Aaron to travel with him to see his friend, an elderly bell-maker named Simeon who plans to make a very special set of silver bells to honor the birth of Jesus.
Meanwhile, a group of tax collectors, led by Brutus and his dim-witted lackey Plato, break into Simeon's home. Simeon cannot pay his tax, so to compensate, the tax collectors decide to take the silver bells.
Melchior, along with Aaron and his animals, arrives shortly thereafter, and they all take off to the tax collectors' camp, planning to take back the silver bells. However, this proves to be one of the most challenging tasks Aaron has ever faced. And things are about to get ugly when the tax collectors have their eye on Aaron's beloved drum.
|Greer Garson||Our Story Teller|
|Allen Swift||Simeon, Soldiers|
- The Little Drummer Boy, Book II at the Internet Movie Database
|Rankin/Bass Holiday Specials|