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8 December 1974 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Joel Grey ... Joshua Trundle (voice)

Tammy Grimes ... Albert (voice)

John McGiver ... Mayor (voice)

George Gobel ... 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)

Directed by
Jules Bass 
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
Writing credits
Clement Moore (poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas")

Jerome Coopersmith 

Produced by
Jules Bass .... producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Maury Laws 
Production Design by
Paul Coker Jr. 
Art Department
Takashi Hisaoka .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Clack .... sound
John Curcio .... sound
Don Hahn .... sound
Animation Department
Toru Hara .... animator
Tsuguyuki Kubo .... animator
Katsumi Aoshima .... key animator (uncredited)
Yoshinori Kanemori .... layout artist (uncredited)
Kazuyuki Kobayashi .... animation director (uncredited)
Hidemi Kubo .... animation director (uncredited)
Minoru Nishida .... background designer (uncredited)
Hiroshi Oikawa .... key animator (uncredited)
Kazusuke Yoshihara .... background artist (uncredited)
Other crew
Kôichi Sasaki .... technical director
Katsuhisa Yamada .... technical director

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USA:25 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Continuity: 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 »
Father Mouse:Mr. Trundle's been hard at work making a special clock.
[pointing to the model clock]
Father Mouse:There's the model. When the clock strikes twelve on Christmas Eve, it'll play a song welcoming Santa. Does that sound like a man who doesn't believe?
Albert:A song?
[jumping onto the clock's face]
Albert:Is that when the hands come together like this?
[he turns the minute hand to 12, and music emits]
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Best Christmas Movie Ever, 7 December 2006
Author: MovieGod1 from United States

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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