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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)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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This cartoon used a process called the Stereoptical Camera or Setback created in 1934 as a variation on the multiplane camera. Three-dimensional sets were created so that animation cels could be placed in a realistic background allowing the characters to move about an actual miniature stage. The scenes were shot with a horizontal camera and the set was rotated on a turntable for background motion. The opening shot of the orphanage and the final shot of the umbrella tree were completed using this process. See more »

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Featured in Affliction (1996) See more »

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The First Noël
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Sung by a choir briefly after the opening credits
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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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