The holiday season tends to bring out a nostalgic feeling in me. You can tell who grew up in the Chicagoland area if they know who Suzy Snowflake or Hardrock, Coco and Joe are. Right now the YouTube videos of these two cartoons are making the rounds on Facebook among all my childhood companions.
“Suzy Snowflake” was a cartoon-short based on the song written in 1951 by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, and sung by Rosemary Clooney. The cartoon, made in 1953, was aired annually during the Christmas season on WGN-TV in Chicago.
“Hardrock, Coco and Joe” was another cartoon, often paired up with Suzy. This short cartoon was based on a song written by Stuart Hamblen. It tells the story of three of Santa’s helpers who ride on his sleigh. While Hardrock and Coco have duties, the littlest- Joe does not but he’s brought along because Santa loves him. He is the cutest and his very deep voice only adds to his charm.
Before the day and age of videos and cable, my siblings and I would wait in anticipation for these to air on tv because that meant it was most definitely the holiday season. We never tired of them. By the time we saw them, they were already 15+ years old but I don’t remember thinking anything about the choppiness or black and white film. If anything, it made me love them even more. I’m not even sure when I realized that they weren’t seen across the US. I was probably an adult at that point and I felt bad that everyone had missed out on these gems. 😉 These two short videos were an important part of my childhood. They bring back memories of happy times with my sisters and brother. We spent so much of our time either watching tv or re-enacting what we had seen. It was a simpler time. (I sound like I’m 90, don’t I?)
Are there any shows that remind you of your childhood Christmases?