The Night the Animals Talked (1970)

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Common farm animals in the stable of Christ's birth begin to talk and communicate for the first time upon Mary and Joseph's arrival. They realize a miracle is about to take place, but lose ... See full summary »

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Frank Porretta ...
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Joe Silver ...
Ox (voice)
Patricia Bright ...
Cow (voice) (as Pat Bright)
Len Maxwell ...
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Ardyth Kaiser ...
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Bob Kaliban ...
Goat (voice) (as Bob Kalaban)
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Common farm animals in the stable of Christ's birth begin to talk and communicate for the first time upon Mary and Joseph's arrival. They realize a miracle is about to take place, but lose their ability to speak following the birth of Christ as they rush to tell all about the Savior's birth. Written by Gregg Moeller

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Dog: People, listen to me! Wake up and listen to me - a baby has been born! A baby has been...
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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Well, as the above commentor said, the animation is not the best, and that most certainly is true. But still, I think the tone and message of this little film is great.

If you can track this special down, give it a try. It would be great for some Christian elementary school classes, that might want try something different during the holiday season.

I would classify this special as a "B" movie. The A's being the ones that got popular and constantly repeated. This means that this isn't bad, but wasn't given the chance to catch on. It's a pity the networks didn't replay this a few more times when it came out.

The scene when the animals lose their one night gift is particulary poignant, and it does stick in the mind.

I hope it comes out on DVD in the next few years, along with a few other Christmas seventies cartoons that seem to be forgotten these days.


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