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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

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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 ...
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Scott Firestone ...
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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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Goofs

When Santa first shows up, his cheeks and nose are rosy. Then when he lands in the Trundles' hearth, the rosiness is gone. In the next shot, his cheeks and nose are rosy again. See more »

Quotes

Father Mouse: [voiceover] The same thing was happening *all* over town as boys and girls got their letters back from Santa. No one knew what it meant, but we grownups knew one thing for sure: we were gonna do *everything* we could to find out.
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Connections

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

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Give Your Heart a Try
Sung by George Gobel and Chorus
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Best Christmas Movie Ever
7 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is quite possibly the best Rankin/Bass Christmas movie ever! I am so upset that this is rarely on TV anymore and I have yet to find it on DVD or even VHS! Great songs, great characters, wonderful story....this has it all. The previous commenter was right when he said that this movie makes you feel good after you watch it. This should be a new TNT holiday classic! What's not to love? A smart alack mouse thinks he knows so much that he believes Santa does not exist. Unfortunately, he believes this so much that he writes a letter to a newspaper expressing such. This causes Santa to cross the whole town off his list. Enter Joshua Trundle, the local clockmaker. He builds a clock that, on the stoke on midnight, plays "Christmastime is Calling, Santa, Santa...."(great song, by the way). Well, the smart alack mouse breaks the clock so it won't work. Blah, blah, blah, mouse gets taught about Christmas and Santa, fixes the clock while singing "Even a miracle needs a hand"(another great song). Santa returns and all is well. They even end the movie with the cartoon animated to a reading of "T'was the night before Christmas" What a great Freakin' Christmas Movie!!!!


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