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A Very Merry Cricket (1973)

Disgusted by the city's anti-social Christmas cacophony, Harry and Tucker decide to ask Chester to come back to revive the holiday's true spirit.

Director:

Chuck Jones

Writers:

Chuck Jones, George Selden (book)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Les Tremayne ... Chester C. Cricket / Harry the Cat (voice)
Mel Blanc ... Tucker the Mouse / Alley Cat (voice)
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Storyline

It's Christmastime in the city, but the loud mean-spiritedness of its human population is making it a misery for best friends, Harry the Cat and Tucker the Mouse. They resolve to try to bring back the holiday's warmth with the help of their friend, Chester C. Cricket, the musical insect. Chester agrees to this idea, but against this kind of noisy urban negativity, it will take a miracle for this trio to make a difference. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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kids | sex | mommy | mouse | christmas | See All (62) »

Genres:

Animation | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Chuck Jones Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A drawing of Chuck Jones, the cartoon's producer/director, is among the collection of people in the cartoon's final montage. See more »

Quotes

Harry the Cat: [Reading from a Christmas book] "Merry voices and lighthearted laughter rang out. Christmas was close at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartedness... Gay and merry was the time; and gay and merry were at least four of the numerous hearts that were gladdened by its coming... Happy, happy Christmas. I heard the bells on Christmas day; Their old, familiar carols play; And wild and sweet, the words repeat of Peace on Earth, good will...
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Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Overlooked Christmas Specials (2014) See more »

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A Very Merry Memory!
1 November 2009 | by bml84See all my reviews

Oh, I thought I'd NEVER find this. I remember seeing both this and the original a few times as a kid around 1980 on TV. Something about it really stuck in the memory and its been great to finally track it down.

I remember the final montage in particular and the general upbeat, feel-good atmosphere of both.

Its funny how some things stick so long in the memory, even if, like these shorts, nothing spectacular actually occurs. Maybe its just the time and its ambiance itself we remember and these films act simply as a prop.

At any rate, well worth the seeking out and sharing with a new generation.


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