A single Christmas tree becomes the source of cheer for the people and animals living around Mr. Willowby's estate. Based on the children's book of the same name.



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Cast overview:
Father Mouse / Owl (voice)
Ned Mouse (voice)
Beverly Mouse (voice)
Kermit the Frog / Bear / Owl (voice)
Bear (voice)
Bruce Lanoil ...
Owl / Bear (voice)
Tracey Thompson
Shari Weiser ...


A charming tale about a family of mice living in the wealthy and eccentric Mr. Willowby's house. They decide to start the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree (namely, chopping off the top of the perfect tree Mr. Willowby has brought home). However, while they continually attempt to take their piece of tree, the top of the tree is passed around from humans to animals, each one taking just enought of the tree to make it the perfect size for them. Through this adventure, the mice see how others celebrate Christmas. Written by Max Vaughn

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6 December 1995 (USA)  »

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A fun, forgotten Christmas Special
14 December 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

In this 1995 Christmas special Kermit the Frog does the scene setting for the story of the benevolent Mr. Willowby (Robert Downey Jr. at the height of his bad boy phase) who enjoys bringing holiday cheer to all around him. The mice living in his mansion are looking for the perfect tree, as is Willowby himself. Both of them are after the same tree, only it's too big for Willowby's hall, so he snips the top off and gives it away as a smaller tree, and so on and so on until the only the very tip is left, which is even more perfect for the mice.

It's very cute, and has a cosy Xmas feel to it. It's never been seen again since it aired back in the mid-90s. Of all the holiday specials that have come and gone over the years I would place this somewhere in the middle. Sure, Charlie Brown and Garfield get their annual airings but Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree is a fun half hour for snowy Xmas Eves.

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