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Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936)

Passed  |   |  Animation, Short  |  4 December 1936 (USA)
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At an orphanage, the children are sad because they received broken toys as gifts. Professor Grampy sees the children while passing by in his sled and has an idea on how to give them a merry Christmas.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ...
Grampy (voice) (uncredited)
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Orphans (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

The children at the orphanage are thrilled to wake up and find plenty of new toys on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, all of them break or fall apart within a few seconds. Prof. Grampy, the inventor, passes by in his motorized sled and hears the wailing of the disappointed orphans, which brings him to the door to investigate. When he learns what is wrong, he puts on his thinking cap and quickly comes up with a plan to make everything all right. He sneaks into the kitchen through the window, takes out every pot, pan, plate, spoon, etc., and builds better toys than the kids could have dreamed of. Written by J. Spurlin

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Animation | Short

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4 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Weihnachten gibt's nur einmal im Jahr  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This short was Professor Grampy's only film without Betty Boop. It is also the character's only film in color. See more »

Connections

Featured in Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Comes but Once a Year
(uncredited)
Music 'Bob Rothberg' and Sammy Timberg
Lyrics by Tot Seymour
Sung by the Orphans and Professor Grampy, then repeated at the finale
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A classic cartoon
13 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of a group of excellent old cartoons on a DVD called "A Collection of Christmas Classics" that we bought for our four year old grandson who watches it at any time of the year.

A collection of old classics that runs over four hours and is not only enjoyable and safe viewing for the kids but also provides a look at some animation from the thirties and forties with the now ancient sounding music to go along with them. Great family entertainment.

I'm glad I found the title here since I knew they were older cartoons but I was really interested in the actual time period and the DVD box does not provide any additional info.


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