A candlemaker entrusts his young son with the task of making candles for their church on Christmas Eve.


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A candlemaker entrusts his young son with the task of making candles for their church on Christmas Eve.

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1957 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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Narrator: Many years ago, before there were any automobiles and before we had electricity or even gas lighting and when people used horses if they wanted to go for a ride and oil lamps and candles if they needed a light, there lived in a small country town, yes, a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick- maker.
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Good Christian Men Rejoice
Lyrics attributed to Heinrich Suso
Translated by John M. Neale
Music: Traditional
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Beautifully animated and touching if a bit heavy on the moralising
2 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Candlemaker' is another Christmas cartoon that isn't among my favourites, but nonetheless made for a good watch.

It has been commented upon that 'The Candlemaker' gets too preachy. This is a criticism that this reviewer also shares, the points the cartoon makes are very good important ones and do have impact but the moralising aspect is emphasised too much in places, and the very direct narration (which was otherwise very distinguishably voiced and delivered) adds to this notion.

Also agree that, at 13 minutes, 'The Candlemaker' is a touch too long and the there are some draggy moments pacing-wise, giving the impression that the story was stretched longer than necessary.

On the other hand, 'The Candlemaker' is very beautifully animated, it's quaint, vibrant, intricately detailed and meticulously drawn, making it very visually appealing. The music is also an ideal fit, with nicely arranged renditions some recognisable Christmas tunes, lush orchestration and understated and sometimes sombre but gorgeous melodic writing.

The narration is thoughtful and distinguished in delivery, if admittedly direct, while the story is charming and touching with a lovely Christmas atmosphere. Characters carry the narrative more than ably.

All in all, beautifully animated and touching, but the preachy complaint is understandable and it was true for me at times too. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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