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The Night Before Christmas -- It is Christmas Eve and Tom gets to know the spirit of giving after he tosses Jerry outside in the cold when he catches him trying to get to a present.


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6 December 1941 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Let Bygones Be Bygones (For One Day At Least) See more (16 total) »

Directed by
Joseph Barbera 
William Hanna 
Produced by
Fred Quimby .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Scott Bradley (uncredited)
Animation Department
Pete Burness .... animator (uncredited)
George Gordon .... animator (uncredited)
Bill Littlejohn .... animator (uncredited)
Kenneth Muse .... animator (uncredited)
Irven Spence .... animator (uncredited)
Cecil Surry .... animator (uncredited)
Jack Zander .... animator (uncredited)
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9 min
Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-3 (2004) | South Korea:All | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7739) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The third Tom and Jerry cartoon released into theaters.See more »
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Edited into Tom and Jerry Christmas Special (1987) (TV)See more »
It Came Upon the Midnight ClearSee more »


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Let Bygones Be Bygones (For One Day At Least), 2 December 2014
Author: Rich Wright

Well, not STRICTLY speaking a film... but at 8 minutes 19 seconds it's slightly longer than the usual short, the showcases the love/hate pair at their very best.

The wonderful artwork full of festive colours, long before computer animation came into being, is a joy to behold. The carols playing in the background enhance the atmosphere as well. The inventive slapstick that made the original cartoons classics of their era, is here... And, with the addition of toys as props for the inspired mayhem, better than ever.

But what with this being a festive special, there HAS to be a 'warm your cockles' moment... and it arrives with the ending, where the duo put aside their differences to have at least ONE day of peace.

Tom retrieving his frenemy from the blistering cold after a huge guilt trip and Jerry revealing the location of a carefully disguised trap in Tom's milk bowl are truly moving moments... And though we love the violent high-jinx the pair get up to, it's good to put it all aside for one day... Right? Magical. 8/10

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