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The Night Before Christmas (1941)

Passed  -  Animation | Short | Comedy  -  3 December 1941 (USA)
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Well, a mouse *is* stirring... And he's having fun playing with the toys, until he mistakes Tom for a stuffed toy and wakes him up.

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It's snowy and cold outside, and warm inside where Jerry squeezes past a mousetrap to cavort under a present-laden Christmas tree. Mistaking the sleeping Tom for a plush toy, Jerry wakes the cat and a mad chase ensues. Various toys come to Jerry's rescue as he dashes about. Mistletoe is his final refuge before he must escape to the outdoors just ahead of Tom's claws. Out in the snow, he may become a mouse Popcycle, and unless Christmas peace can descend, Tom may be in for a nasty surprise as well. Can the lads find the spirit of the season? Written by <>

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Release Date:

3 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Not Even a Mouse  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The third Tom and Jerry cartoon released into theaters. See more »


Followed by Much Ado About Mousing (1964) See more »


It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Music by Richard Storrs Willis (1850)
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears (1849)
Sung by studio chorus, with special lyrics
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A cute holiday cartoon.
2 January 2002 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

The Night Before Christmas is one cutest holiday cartoon past and present. I recently saw this on Cartoon Network late at night. I remember 15 or more years the TV would not play cartoons at a certain time. It is refreshing to see this cartoon late at night on Christmas Eve.

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