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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.




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)


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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Did You Know?


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 »


As Father Mouse pushes the door open to the children's hospital, he is seen leaning partially away from the door in the long shot. In the close-up, he is seen leaning toward the door, after he's done pushing it. See more »


Father Mouse: Winter came and things got tough for the Trundles, and if you think they had it bad... we'd have swapped our whiskers for a peanut shell or a round ripe apple seed, but meals don't fall from empty tables. Then finally it was Christmas Eve.
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Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in Dog with a Blog: Twas the Flight Before Christmas (2013) See more »


Even a Miracle Needs a Hand
Sung by Joel Grey
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to me, a classic
9 December 2003 | by mghealyjrSee all my reviews

I agree that this is a classic. I was born shortly before this cartoon was made, so it was a big part of my Christmas ritual growing up. The morale is great ("even a miracle needs a hand") and the songs are GOOD. They crept in my head at an early age and stayed there 'til this day. I see a lot of my adolescent, atheist, Ivy League self in the defiant Albert, who derides Santa as a myth, but also in Mr. Trundle, who works devotedly for something he believes in. I'm not talking literals here, people, but there's something nice about believing in something greater than yourself, or your known quantities.

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Release Date:

8 December 1974 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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