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The Night Before Christmas (1933)

A narrator sings the opening stanzas of the classic poem while we see the house at rest. Santa lands on the roof, comes down the chimney, and opens his bag. The toys march out and decorate ... See full summary »

Director:

Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)

Star:

Kenny Baker
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Kenny Baker ... Singing Narrator (uncredited)
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A narrator sings the opening stanzas of the classic poem while we see the house at rest. Santa lands on the roof, comes down the chimney, and opens his bag. The toys march out and decorate the tree, with the toy soldiers shooting balls from their cannon, a toy airplane stringing a garland like skywriting, and the toy firemen applying snow. A blimp delivers the star to the top. Meanwhile, Santa fills the stockings. His laughter awakens the children, who sneak out. The toys rush to their places, and Santa escapes up the chimney just in time. The closing verse is sung. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Story See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The clown dolls somewhat resemble Koko the Clown, a silent cartoon star from Max Fleischer. See more »

Alternate Versions

There's the more recent cut and the original uncut version of the short. The uncensored version features a short scene where some soot falls on the face of a blond boy. This makes him look like he's in blackface and the scene is played for laughs. See more »

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Follows Santa's Workshop (1932) See more »

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The singing is limp but wow, the animation is amazing!
21 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film began, I was struck with absolute joy and absolute terror! On one hand, the animation was truly breathtaking--particularly the gorgeous colors. Unlike the previous cartoon on the "Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies, Vol. 2" DVD collection ("Birds in the Spring"), the colors are perfect--and it's obvious that the Disney animators had quickly learned to use color well. On the other hand, the cartoon also had something that was very popular in this era--and it was god-awful--that awful singing--very old fashioned and very saccharine-like singing.

The cartoon is all about the visit of Santa to one home in particular. He takes so much time here setting up the presents and playing you wonder how he'd ever have time for any of the other homes! And, after he's done, the hoard of soulless-eyed children come down to play. This is all very, very cutesy. But, some might notice and be offended by the little kid who gets coal dust in his face, as he then looks like a stereotypical black caricature of the era. All in all, apart from the great color, I wasn't thrilled with this sickly sweet thing--but still, compared to other cartoons of the era, it's pretty good.

By the way, among the many toys Santa brings are some Mickey Mouse pull toys!


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