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Release Date:
8 December 1974 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Cast

  (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)
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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)
 

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USA:25 min
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Continuity: 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:Merry Christmas, Mr. Trundle.
Joshua Trundle:Not very merry, I'm afraid.
Father Mouse:You were right, of course. And it's my fault, my family's.
Joshua Trundle:How so?
Father Mouse:My older boy, Albert. First he insulted Santa and then... I can hardly say it.
Joshua Trundle:Go on.
Father Mouse:I'm afraid he got into your clock to see how it worked, and then...
Joshua Trundle:Kerplunk.
Father Mouse:Kerplowie.
Joshua Trundle:So... that was it.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Christmastime tradition, 22 December 2005
Author: saffym from Oregon, USA

This has got to be one of the most underrated, under-appreciated Christmas specials out there. Granted, the animation isn't fantastic, but the story and songs more than make up for that. I watch it every year and the songs "Give Your Heart a Try" and "Even a Miracle Needs a Hand" still make me tear up when I hear them. It's a simple message of following your heart instead of your head even when you should know better. It's not as well-known as Frosty or Rudolph (both of which I love, by the way), but given the choice among the three I'd watch "Twas the Night Before Christmas" every time. A great special not only for kids but for adults who want to feel like kids for 25 minutes or so.

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