The Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold (1981) Rated NR

An Irish sailor is stranded on an island with leprechauns, who’ve been protecting their stash of gold from the greedy banshee. Starring Art Carney, Peggy Cass, and Bob McFadden.

This is a cute holiday short. It’s very Irish with the leprechauns and the surrounding folklore. Although the film does a good job giving the basic leprechauns folklore, it does elaborate on the folklore that isn’t part of the history. Thus, the story is just a cute Irish tale about a sailor stranded on the island protecting the gold against the banshee. Of course, stupidity ensues and causes mayhem. It’s a unique addition to the other Rankin/Bass productions of holiday stories. The banshee isn’t redeemed. The leprechauns are their usual greedy selves, but that’s typical of them, and it wouldn’t make sense for them to act any other way. Overall, the film is worth a watch.

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