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'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.
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Cast

Credited cast:
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Joshua Trundle (voice)
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Albert (voice)
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Mayor (voice)
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Father Mouse (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Bright ...
(voice)
Scott Firestone ...
(voice)
Bob McFadden ...
(voice) (as Robert McFadden)
Allen Swift ...
(voice) (as Alan Swift)
Christine Winter ...
(voice)
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Storyline

One Christmas season, the citizens of a small town, both human and mouse, find their letters to Santa Claus have been unceremoniously returned. Furthermore, there is a message that says the entire town has been removed from Santa's delivery itinerary due to being insulted by a letter from that town dismissing his existance. While Father Mouse confronts his cynical son, Albert, who wrote the letter; their human companions, a clockmaker and his family work to find a way to regain Mr. Claus' favour. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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TV-G
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8 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karácsony éjjelén  »

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

As Father Mouse and Albert are entering the children's hospital, Albert does not appear till after Father Mouse opens the door. See more »

Quotes

Father Mouse: [after Albert tries out Mr. Trundle's model clock] What's the matter with you? You wanna wake everyone up?
Albert: That's pretty neat. Does it work in a gear and pinion principle or an AC synchronous motor?
Father Mouse: Well, it's more of a - a gear, what? Synchronous uh, who?
Albert: Ever since Copernicus, Dad, it was known that...
Father Mouse: Never mind, never mind, you may know algebra, son, but this time, the whole town's counting on this clock.
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Connections

Spoofed in Warren: Warren Tells the Night Before Christmas (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Chimes are Calling
Sung by Chorus
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Why all the negative comments? It's GREAT !!
17 November 2003 | by (st. pete, fl usa) – See all my reviews

I have always loved this cute little cartoon. So this isn't the best drawn cartoon, but it has a nice story and wonderful songs. Christmas is my favourite time of year. Full of giving, laughing, and seeing people acting kind to one another, even if it is just once a year. Rudolph and Frosty already had songs about them that really help build stories around their cartoons. This one was fresh and inventive. BELIEVING, even when common sense tells you not to. Closely tied to another classic at this time, Miracle On 34th Street. So pour a cup of nog, cuddle up under your blanket, and turn on the telly. Now all together...."Christmas bells are ringing Santa, Santa..Every heart repeating Santa, Santa...."


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