Richie Rich's Christmas Wish. Warner Bros. Family Entertainment. 85 minutes. $19.96. Shades of "It's a Wonderful Life": The richest boy in the world wishes he'd never been born and then has to put things right when his evil cousin Reggie takes his place in this surprisingly watchable comic book-based fantasy. David Gallagher ("7th Heaven") is especially appealing in the lead; his well-cast co-stars include Keene Curtis, Eugene Levy, Jake Richardson and Marla Maples, who infuses her small role with an unexpected comic spark.
Holiday Classics Collection. Golden Books Family Entertainment. $12.95 each. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," told and sung by Burl Ives, and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," told by Fred Astaire, with the voices of Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn, are among several classic and not-so-classic TV holiday offerings being released in newly restored, quality home video versions.
These two stop-motion 'toons, with their charming animated toys and miniature sets, are the best of the bunch. There's also "The Little Drummer Boy" and the traditionally animated "Frosty the Snowman," narrated by Jimmy Durante; "Frosty Returns," with Jonathan Winters; and "Cricket on the Hearth," a heavily sentimental, 30-year-old Danny Thomas/Marlo Thomas cartoon project loosely based on the Dickens tale.