Donna C. Terrell

I Was Just Thinkin'

Hardrock, Coco and Joe–Dudes of Black and White Christmas Past

on December 15, 2011

While ol’Ebeneezer Scrooge was cowering over the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future, high atop the North Pole were three little elves helping Santa get ready for the Big Night. Hardrock, Coco and Joe –The Story of the Three Little Dwarfs, always signaled the beginning of Christmas excitement for us Chicago-area kids.

Hardrock, Coco and Joe was a short featurette that ran every Christmas season on Garfield Goose and Friends, a children’s show produced in Chicago. Although the effects are crude–they used puppets and stop-motion animation–the singing is dated and it’s in shadowy 50s black and white, it’s such a sincere little piece. If you are of the Chicagoland generation that segued from black and white TVs to color, you’ll fondly remember these guys.

Joe

Hardrock, Coco and Joe had a couple of friends that they hung out with–Suzy Snowflake…

and ol’ Frosty the Snowman!

All three shorts ran every Christmas season on Garfield Goose, Bozo and Ray Raynor in Chicago in the early 60s and 70s. They conjure up wonderful memories and warm feelings. In these days of “hot” vampires, spaced-out gamers and kids being way too sophisticated than they should be, it’s nice to go back to another day. I hope that you’ll watch these shorts and just enjoy them for what they are. Merry Christmas!

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2 responses to “Hardrock, Coco and Joe–Dudes of Black and White Christmas Past

  1. Paul Mundane says:

    I am just such a Chicagoan, born and bred on the South Side in the 60’s and 70’s. For me, nothing in my experiences matched the magic of Christmas and the promise of happiness. Hardrock, Coco and Joeeeeee (sung in the lower register) were my favorite by Suzy “The Ride’s on Meeeeeeeee>>>” Snowflake. And yes, of course, I “thumpity-thump-thumped” and looked at Frosty go with longing.

    Thank you for this sweet and easy to read reminder of the simplicity of stop motion camera work and good will!

  2. I think I’ll watch them today and tomorrow before I pack up the DVDs for the season! So glad you liked it!

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