Claymation Christmas, Part 2: We Three Kings (and three singing camels)

Singing camels in Claymation Christmas

As I continue through Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration special of 1987, we now go to the Claymation Christmas special’s first musical animation, the opening salvo in this barrage of holiday-themed stop motion videos.

“We Three Kings” opens with the somber version of the song, sung by the actual kings, you might expect. But then the singing camels come in and the paradigm shifts.

I cannot think of this song without thinking of these camels, despite the decades that have passed since first I laid eyes on their smug grins and jerky humps.

In Part 1 of my Claymation Christmas series, I shared the California Raisins breathing new life into “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

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