A cricket seeks to rescue a poor toymaker and his blind daughter from an exploitative miser.

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A delightful, animated musical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale. A Cricket on the Hearth, tells the story of a poor toymaker and his daughter whom a helpful Cricket named Crocket befriends on Christmas morning. When tragedy strikes the family, it's Crocket who comes to the rescue and restores peace and happiness. Written by Ron LaPorte

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Real life father and daughter Danny Thomas and Marlo Thomas played father and daughter in this cartoon special. See more »

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Monkey: Now where's our pay?
Captain: I've got your pay off right here, lad.
[pulls out a gun and shoots them]
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That Was Yesterday
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Marlo Thomas
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A Rankin/Bass Christmas Classic
26 November 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I love animation from Rankin/Bass, ever since I have first watched Rudolph and Frosty, as a kid at Christmas. This special is one of those Christmas Specials that I have never even heard or seen. I have recently bought in on DVD, and after I have watched it, I absolutely love it, it almost made me cry, like the romance between Bertha Plummer & Edward Belton,and the tender moments between Bertha and her dad. Except when Crockett and his mates put stuff (walnuts and pepper) in Mr. Tackleton's tea to prevent him from proposing to Bertha...now THAT made me laugh.

Yes with these beautifully animated specials and the film "The Last Unicorn" it make me wish that Rankin/Bass would have been around longer, along with Fleischer's.


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