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Cricket on the Hearth (1967)

A cricket seeks to rescue a poor toymaker and his blind daughter from an exploitative miser.

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Charles Dickens (suggested by the story of Christmas by), Romeo Muller | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Danny Thomas ... Himself / Caleb (voice)
Marlo Thomas ... Bertha (voice)
Hans Conried ... Tackleton (voice)
Paul Frees ... Messanger / Uriah / Captain / Toy Elephant (voice)
Roddy McDowall ... Cricket Crocket (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Ames ... Edward
Abbe Lane ... Moll
The Norman Luboff Choir The Norman Luboff Choir ... Themselves
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Storyline

A delightful, animated musical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale. A Cricket on the Hearth, tells the story of a poor toymaker and his daughter whom a helpful Cricket named Crocket befriends on Christmas morning. When tragedy strikes the family, it's Crocket who comes to the rescue and restores peace and happiness. Written by Ron LaPorte

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Real life father and daughter Danny Thomas and Marlo Thomas played father and daughter in this cartoon special. See more »

Quotes

Monkey: Now where's our pay?
Captain: I've got your pay off right here, lad.
[pulls out a gun and shoots them]
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Connections

Referenced in Fred: Fred Meets Bertha (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Smiles Go With Tears
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Marlo Thomas
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Good luck
1 December 2003 | by Bondorf39See all my reviews

The next time you see a cricket chirping around your house, LEAVE HIM BE! It is well known that cricket's bring good luck. And if you are lucky enough to have a cricket on your hearth, so much the better. In fact, if you are lucky enough to have seen "The Cricket on the Hearth" you're luckier than most.

This cell-animated special was released by Rankin/Bass right after their first big hit "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and, I think anyway, it's almost as good. It's a great shame that it's so hard to come by. Look for it on ABCFamily's "25 Days of Christmas."

Based on the Charles Dickens story (no, not THAT Dickens story) Roddy MacDowall plays the Cricket, who decides to grace the home of Caleb and his daughter, blinded after suffering tremendous grief. The highlight of this special is the wonderful vocal performance of Danny Thomas (joined by real life daughter, Marlo) and the wonderful song he sings.

I like this special, and if you aren't convinced, this entry didn't even EXIST on the database until I suggested it a few weeks ago. Merry Christmas one and all and may you be as lucky as a Cricket on the Hearth.


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