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'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joel Grey ... Joshua Trundle (voice)
Tammy Grimes ... Albert (voice)
John McGiver ... Mayor (voice)
George Gobel ... Father Mouse (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Bright Patricia Bright ... (voice)
Scott Firestone Scott Firestone ... (voice)
Bob McFadden Bob McFadden ... (voice) (as Robert McFadden)
Allen Swift Allen Swift ... (voice) (as Alan Swift)
Christine Winter Christine Winter ... (voice)
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Storyline

One Christmas season, the human and mouse citizens of a small town get their letters to Santa unceremoniously returned, with a message that the town has been removed from Santa's delivery itinerary because of a letter from someone in that town that insulted him by dismissing his existence. While Father Mouse confronts his cynical son Albert, the letter's writer, their human companions, a clockmaker and his family, work to regain Mr. Claus' favor. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Certificate:

TV-G

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Twas the Night Before Christmas See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Junctionville, New York is a fictional town meant to honor author Clement Moore, who was born in New York. It is apparently a seaside town, as one little boy, Davy Thomas, is shown sitting on a seaside cliff dropping a drawing of Santa into the ocean. Its maritime nature may have been based on Newport, Rhode Island, where Clement Moore died. See more »

Goofs

When Santa first shows up, his cheeks and nose are rosy. Then when he lands in the Trundles' hearth, the rosiness is gone. In the next shot, his cheeks and nose are rosy again. See more »

Quotes

Father Mouse: While the people were storming the Village Hall and the mayor was wishing he was somewhere else, *I* decided to give Mouse Bell a whirl and get the word from up north.
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Alternate Versions

Some TV networks edit out the song Give Your Heart a Try. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Warren: Warren Tells the Night Before Christmas (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Chimes are Calling
Sung by Chorus
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Scrumtrelescent
14 December 2004 | by memckinzSee all my reviews

This may quite possibly be the best Christmas special out there. It is just like Braveheart, except minus the warriors and plus Christmas, Mice and a Clock Maker. My sister and I are in our mid-twenties and we watch this movie multiple times a year. Who doesn't love singing mice? It is a heartfelt tale that will encourage children of all ages to believe in Santa. Claymation is great, but few things are as Christmas-y as animated mice and humans co-habituating. You will laugh, you will cry, you will eat all three flavors out of the holiday popcorn tub that your mom bought you. Stay up late to catch it, or hunt online to buy it, it is a must have for every Holiday movie collection.


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