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14 December 1973 (USA) See more »
Disgusted by the city's anti-social Christmas cacophony, Harry and Tucker decide to ask Chester to come back to revive the holiday's true spirit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Chuck Jones 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chuck Jones 
George Selden  book "The Cricket in Times Square"

Produced by
Joseph Aidlin .... associate producer
John Allen .... associate producer
Chuck Jones .... producer
Original Music by
Dean Elliott 
Film Editing by
Hank Gotzenberg 
Ken Gotzenberg 
Production Design by
Oscar Dufau 
Production Management
Don Foster .... production manager
Art Department
Garth Williams .... illustrator: book "The Cricket in Times Square"
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregg Heschong .... camera operator
Byron McRae .... camera operator
Animation Department
Hal Ambro .... master animator
Irv Anderson .... master animator
Mary Cain .... ink and paint artist
Retta Davidson .... assistant animator
Bill Hajee .... animator: "Chaotic Christmas sequence"
David Hanan .... animator: "Chaotic Christmas sequence"
Bob Inman .... background artist
George Nicholas .... master animator
Joe Roman .... assistant animator
Bob Tyler .... assistant animator
Irv Wyner .... background artist
Music Department
Israel Baker .... musician: violin solo
Marian Dern .... additional lyrics
Other crew
Ted C. Bemiller .... production coordinator (as Ted Bemiller)
Mary Roscoe .... assistant to producer
Connie Sherman .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

A drawing of Chuck Jones, the cartoon's producer/director, is among the collection of people in the cartoon's final montage.See more »
Harry the Cat:[Reading from a Christmas book] "Merry voices and lighthearted laughter rang out. Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness... Gay and merry was the time; and gay and merry were at least four of the numerous hearts that were gladdened by its coming... Happy, happy Christmas. I heard the bells on Christmas day; Their old, familiar carols play; And wild and sweet, the words repeat of Peace on Earth, good will to men."
Tucker the Mouse:Peace on Earth? Goodwill to men? With all that goin' on out there? Hmpf!
Harry the Cat:You know, Tucker, I think you may have a point there. Why don't you find something more appropriate?
Tucker the Mouse:[Flipping through pages] Well, I'll tell you this much, Harry, nothing in this book could be *less* appropriate!
Tucker the Mouse:Read on, McDuff.
Harry the Cat:Ahem. "A Visit From Saint Nicolas"...
Tucker the Mouse:Who he?
Harry the Clarence Seymore.
Tucker the Mouse:Also, who he?
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Quite an odd cartoon, 4 December 2011
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

This 1973 Xmas special, directed by Chuck Jones, is a sequel to The Cricket in Times Square which was shown earlier that year. I never knew this until after viewing, so I was a little puzzled by the storytelling.

It opens in a grubby, but psychedelic, New York with a mouse named Tucker and a cat named Harry reading Xmas stories in a storm sewer. They are depressed by the hustle and bustle of the big city so they buzz off to the country to bring back a cricket named Chester who chirps his legs like a violin. Maybe his cricket rendition of Silent Night can bring holiday magic to the throngs of human traffic.

I have to honest, I wasn't smitten by this grubby, cheap-looking cartoon. There are better holiday specials out there.

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