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Cricket on the Hearth (1967)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Family  -  18 December 1967 (USA)
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A cricket seeks to rescue a poor toymaker and his blind daughter from an exploitative miser.


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Credited cast:
Himself / Caleb (voice)
Bertha (voice)
Tackleton (voice)
Paul Frees ...
Various Characters (voice)
Cricket Crocket (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Norman Luboff Choir ...


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 »


Version of Sverchok na pechi (1915) See more »

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So bad, it's good
9 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just watched this gem for the first time and understand why it's not aired every year with the likes of Rudolph, Frosty and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Very depressing and a bit disturbing too. This good luck cricket seems to have brought nothing but ill will to the father/daughter it finds. Sudden blindness. Banruptcy. Kidnapping and cold murder. Dirty old man with warts and no teeth. Not the things I really want to share with my kids. Ever. I suppose its OK because both Jesus and the Pope due make an appearance. However, my husband and I were laughing so hard by the end due to it's utter ridiculousness that I think it will be a holiday tradition in our household for years to come. From now on our motto is: cricket on the hearth, take that horseshoe off the door, with a cricket on the hearth, you can leave that lucky penny sitting on the floor. Deep.

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