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Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936)

At an orphanage, the children are sad because they received broken toys as gifts. Professor Grampy sees the children while passing by in his sled and has an idea on how to give them a merry Christmas.

Directors:

Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel (uncredited)
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Ub Iwerks dusts off the skeletons from his early-Disney days and puts them to work at Columbia...in a graveyard replete with eerie owls and surrealistic bats, skeletons begin to rise from their graves and form a loosely-jointed band.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Grampy (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Orphans (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

The children at the orphanage are thrilled to wake up and find plenty of new toys on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, all of them break or fall apart within a few seconds. Prof. Grampy, the inventor, passes by in his motorized sled and hears the wailing of the disappointed orphans, which brings him to the door to investigate. When he learns what is wrong, he puts on his thinking cap and quickly comes up with a plan to make everything all right. He sneaks into the kitchen through the window, takes out every pot, pan, plate, spoon, etc., and builds better toys than the kids could have dreamed of. Written by J. Spurlin

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Genres:

Animation | Short

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weihnachten gibt's nur einmal im Jahr See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This cartoon used a process called the Stereoptical Camera or Setback created in 1934 as a variation on the multiplane camera. Three-dimensional sets were created so that animation cels could be placed in a realistic background allowing the characters to move about an actual miniature stage. The scenes were shot with a horizontal camera and the set was rotated on a turntable for background motion. The opening shot of the orphanage and the final shot of the umbrella tree were completed using this process. See more »

Connections

Featured in Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Over at Grampy's House
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Timberg
[Played when Grampy puts his plan into action]
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Another Great Christmas Classic!
24 December 2001 | by LT-10See all my reviews

This is another great entry for christmas cartoons. Fun, and it has got one catchy title tune! The plot: An inventor helps some discouraged children at a funeral home have a merry christmas. I suggest that you buy the Cartoon Christmas collections Amazon.com has, they're great.


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