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Pals (1933)
"Christmas Night" (original title)

Passed  -  Animation | Short  -  22 December 1933 (USA)
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On Christmas Eve, the Little King sneaks two tramps into the castle. The next morning, the three men are thrilled by the presents Santa left behind.


(as Jim Tyer)


(comic strip)
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The Little King sees his people making Christmas preparations, but he himself is feeling glum. He joins two tramps at a Christmas display window, then invites them into his sedan chair and home to the castle. The three undress and enjoy a bath together. They go downstairs to nail up their stockings, then retire to bed. Santa comes down the chimney and grows a fully decorated tree from a "Xmas Tree Seed". The three race around the castle in the miniature cars and planes left behind by Santa. A big crash brings the festivities to a close. Written by David Steele

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castle | christmas | tramp | king | stocking | See more »


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Release Date:

22 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Christmas Night  »

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1.37 : 1
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The tall tramp's NRA tattoo is a patriotic reference to Franklin D. Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration. See more »


[first lines]
Santa Claus: Do you go to bed early? Do you eat your spinach? All right, run along. I'll bring you some toys.
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Jingle Bells
Used as background music
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Offensive by Today's Standards!
19 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though I have the title "Christmas Night," it's also known as Pals here on this website. I found this cartoon to be the weakest on my DVD with Scrooge (1935 colorized version) as the main feature. While it may not be seen as offensive during the time it was released in 1933 long before the civil rights movement. Our country was still in the midst of the Great Depression and before World War II took place. This cartoon short may not be intended to be offensive with the black face but it would be seen that way by today's political correctness. I would just accept that it was the time period when this animated short took place long before change for the better took place. I wouldn't try to think too much or too seriously about animated shorts from the time period as offensive. I'm sure the early animators weren't intended to offend it's audience but complying to the time and period of it's history.

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