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'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joel Grey ... Joshua Trundle (voice)
Tammy Grimes ... Albert (voice)
John McGiver ... Mayor (voice)
George Gobel ... Father Mouse (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Bright Patricia Bright ... (voice)
Scott Firestone Scott Firestone ... (voice)
Bob McFadden Bob McFadden ... (voice) (as Robert McFadden)
Allen Swift Allen Swift ... (voice) (as Alan Swift)
Christine Winter Christine Winter ... (voice)
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Storyline

One Christmas season, the human and mouse citizens of a small town get their letters to Santa unceremoniously returned, with a message that the town has been removed from Santa's delivery itinerary because of a letter from someone in that town that insulted him by dismissing his existence. While Father Mouse confronts his cynical son Albert, the letter's writer, their human companions, a clockmaker and his family, work to regain Mr. Claus' favor. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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TV-G

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Twas the Night Before Christmas See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Junctionville, New York is a fictional town meant to honor author Clement Moore, who was born in New York. It is apparently a seaside town, as one little boy, Davy Thomas, is shown sitting on a seaside cliff dropping a drawing of Santa into the ocean. Its maritime nature may have been based on Newport, Rhode Island, where Clement Moore died. See more »

Goofs

As Father Mouse and Albert enter the Trundles' house to see the model of the new clock tower, we see a clock that reads 10 o'clock in the long shot. After Father Mouse and Albert finish bouncing down in the next shot, the clock reads 11:10. See more »

Quotes

Father Mouse: Which brings us to where we were: three minutes...
[as Father Mouse holds up his alarm clock, we hear an ominous chime, which is a signal that it's almost Christmas]
Father Mouse: Three seconds to Christmas!
[we now hear carolers singing "Silent Night"]
Father Mouse: No chimes. No song. No Santa.
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Alternate Versions

Some TV networks edit out the song Give Your Heart a Try. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in South Park: A Very Crappy Christmas (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Chimes are Calling
Sung by Chorus
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An OK Special
11 November 2002 | by StreepFan126See all my reviews

Although this isn't seen as much as Forsty, Rudolph, or Grinch, this is another of those TV holiday specials. The basic plot of this is that Santa is not going to visit a town due to a letter that one of its citezens wrote. Although not as good as those forementioned TV specials, it is worth watching if it happens to be on.


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