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The Night Before Christmas (1968)

Fictionalized account of how Clement C. Moore came to write "A Visit from St. Nicholas," in which his young daughter, stricken with pneumonia, asks for a Santa Claus story for Christmas. No... See full summary »

Director:

Jim Pabian

Writers:

Clement Moore (poem) (as Clement Clark Moore), Bill Turnbull (creator) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
The Norman Luboff Choir The Norman Luboff Choir ... Themselves
Olan Soule ... Dr. Clement C. Moore (voice)
Barbara Eiler Barbara Eiler ... Mrs. Moore (voice)
Hal Smith ... Dr. Sawyer (voice)
Virginia Gregg ... Gretchen (voice)
Laura Turnbull Laura Turnbull ... (voice)
Shari Turnbull Shari Turnbull ... (voice)
Douglas Crowther Douglas Crowther ... (voice)
Diana Lee Diana Lee ... Soloist
Thurl Ravenscroft Thurl Ravenscroft ... Soloist
Bill Cole Bill Cole ... Soloist
Eleanor Geffert Eleanor Geffert ... Soloist
Julia Rinker Julia Rinker ... Soloist (as Julie Rinker)
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Fictionalized account of how Clement C. Moore came to write "A Visit from St. Nicholas," in which his young daughter, stricken with pneumonia, asks for a Santa Claus story for Christmas. No such story had been written, so Moore writes his famous poem, set to Ken Darby's musical version and sung by The Norman Luboff Choir. Written by Greg Ehrbar

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Animation

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ken Darby created this musical version of "The Night Before Christmas" when he led the vocal group The King's Men on the popular NBC radio comedy series "Fibber McGee and Molly" in the 1940s. It was recorded numerous times, including renditions by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, The Harry Simeone Chorale and The Boston Pops. See more »

Goofs

While the animators do an admirable job of recreating the clothing of the 1822 era, young Clement Moore would not have been dressed in overalls. Up until the early 20th century both little boys and little girls wore dresses until they were school age. See more »

Soundtracks

Savory Serenade
Music by Bill Turnbull
Lyrics by Louise Turnbull
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Wonderful Christmas Cartoon
24 December 2009 | by marcd39See all my reviews

I remembered this cartoon from when I was very young (8 or 9) and I spent quite a good amount of time looking for it. I FINALLY found a VHS tape of it on Ebay. There probably are not many copies of it left.

Here is some information that MIGHT help you find it:

Playhouse Productions Elba Productions copyright 1968 Released in 1968 by Darco Enterprises

The title is "The Night Before Christmas"

Here's the summary from the VHS case: "The heartwarming true story of how Clement C. Moore came to write the Christmas poem beloved by generations of children, including a joyous retelling of the charming "A Visit from St. Nicholas," done in brilliant animation and sung by the world famous voices of the Norman Luboff Choir.

A festive array of seasonal and original music that evokes the warmth and wonder of Christmas. Brimming with enchanting appeal for the entire family."

I love this cartoon. It's charming....sweet....the musical rendition of the poem is wonderful.

GET IT IF YOU CAN FIND IT!!


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