November 14, 2006

Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

This one is a request and dedication for my cousin Travis. Hardrock, Coco, and Joe, a Chicago-land classic and, thanks to super station WGN, a national classic too? Must be because we grew up in Central Pennsylvania and love this little film. Every Christmas morning the short was played on Bozo. Though the films have copyright info, the video quality is so poor, it’s nearly impossible to read. IMDB dates the film to 1951. Wikipedia credits it to a company called Centaur Prodictions. It’s certainly unlike anything you’ve ever seen. WGN aired it last year as part of a retrospective on children's programming on the channel.

Originally called “The Three Little Dwarfs,” most remember this song as simply “Hardrock, Coco, and Joe.” The three are Santa’s helpers and deliver an unforgettable chorus.

Gene Autry also recorded a version of the tune. But why do it? Nothing beats the original.

You can watch the video here (scroll down).

For some great info on Hardrock, Coco, and Joe visit Roger’s Basement. You can also download some of the songs, including "Suzie Snowflake" and "Frosty the Snowman."

The Three Little Dwarfs – Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

Check back again today--I witnessed my neighbor's house get robbed last night and was kind of busy with that. I'll make it up for missing yesterday with a double post today!

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