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The Candlemaker (1957)

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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Animation | Short






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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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Joy to the World
Lyrics by Isaac Watts
Music attributed to George Frideric Handel
Adapted and arranged by Lowell Mason
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Beats You Over the Head With Its Message Too Much
30 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Candlemaker (1957)

** (out of 4)

Decent animated film that's main goal is to spread to word of Jesus. The film takes place, as the narrator says, before cars or electricity. The important jobs in a small town were the butcher and the candlemaker. It's a week before Christmas and the candlemaker in town gives the most important job to his young son. The son then must create two candles that will appear in the local church. I think for the target audience this here is going to be enjoyed. I don't mind films that have major religious overtones but I just don't like being preached at. This film goes way over-the-top in the preaching department and at times the film beats its message over the viewers head. There's no question that the film has a good message to be told and this message was strong enough to where we didn't need the preaching. With that said, for the most part the animation was quite nice and the film was certainly put together well. At 13-minutes it ran on a bit too long but again, those target members of the crowd will certainly enjoy it.

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