One of the aspects of the Rankin Bass specials that I have always appreciated is the wonderful caricatures they employ for their famous narrators. For an old movie fan, it's gratify to recognize "faces" like that. My favorite instance, and indeed, the most famous one, has to be the Fred Astaire caricature in "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" (1970).
I've said it before, Fred is certainly an easy subject for a caricature. With his brilliant eyes, and his long face and chin, he makes an easy cartoon figure, albeit it, an adorably charming one. Rankin-Bass certainly did not have much work to do to bring Fred to life. But I am so glad that they did bring him to life like that. It's a beautiful character, a fun caricature, and certainly, a moving portrait of sorts.