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A talking squirrel must save the holiday by rescuing a young Pilgrim boy and a young Native American boy that has gone missing in the woods on Thanksgiving day. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Kevin Cooper ... (voice)

June Foray ... (voice)
Marilyn Mayne ... (voice)
Don Messick ... (voice)
Vic Perrin ... (voice)
Bobby Riha ... (voice)

Hal Smith ... (voice) (as Hal J. Smith)
John Stephenson ... (voice)
Joann Albert ... Singer (voice)
Sue Allen ... Singer (voice)
Paul DeKorte ... Singer (voice)
Bob Joyce ... Singer (voice)
Ida Sue McCune ... Singer (voice) (as Susie McCune)
Gene Merlino ... Singer (voice)
Robert Tebow ... Singer (voice)

Directed by
Joseph Barbera 
William Hanna 
Writing credits
Ken Spears (story) &
Joe Ruby (story)

Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer
William Hanna .... producer
Alex Lovy .... associate producer
Original Music by
Hoyt Curtin 
Production Design by
Iwao Takamoto 
Production Management
Victor O. Schipek .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Earl Bennett .... sound effects editor
Bill Getty .... sound director
Richard Olson .... sound director
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Flekal .... camera operator
Roy Wade .... camera operator
Animation Department
Mike Arens .... layout artist
Hugh Fraser .... animator
Roberta Greutert .... ink and paint supervisor
Jack Huber .... layout artist
Bill Hutten .... animator
Ed Love .... animator
Tony Love .... animator
Charles A. Nichols .... animation director
Dan Noonan .... layout artist
Don Patterson .... animator
Ray Patterson .... animator
Walt Peregoy .... background artist
Carlo Vinci .... animator
Robert 'Tiger' West .... xerographer
Editorial Department
Larry C. Cowan .... editorial supervisor (as Larry Cowan)
William E. DeBoer .... negative consultant
Joed Eaton .... post-production
Music Department
Hoyt Curtin .... musical director
Pat Foley .... music editor
Other crew
Frank Paiker .... technical supervisor

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
My favorite Thanksgiving TV special, 10 October 2009
Author: Julia Arsenault (ja_kitty_71) from Canada

This my favorite (and only) Thanksgiving TV special, and my favorite TV special from animation team Hanna/Barbera. At first I had never seen it before; but I did and I love it. And the next time it came on TV, I taped it, and thanks goodness because after that I didn't show anymore. Well anyway, this special is about a Father squirrel (voiced by Hanna/Barbera regular Vic Perrin) telling his son (voiced by the wonderful June Foray) about their ancestor Jeremy Squirrel (voiced by Hal Smith who voiced Owl in Disney's Winnie the Pooh featurettes) who made friends with a Pilgrim boy Johnny Cooke and Little Bear the son of Indian chief Massasoit. Jeremy helps the boys, who got lost in the woods on the eve of the first Thanksgiving, find their way back to the settlement before the Thanksgiving feast could begin.

So anyway, this special is another favorite holiday TV special, and I love Jeremy Squirrel.

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