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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: a Christmas classic in a new way

Updated on December 29, 2011
Frosty's Winter Wonderland/Twas the Night Before Christmas
Frosty's Winter Wonderland/Twas the Night Before Christmas

This DVD comes with 'Twas the Night Before Christmas bundled together with Frosty's Winter Wonderland


Rankin/Bass tends to have some very unique takes on classics. Their animated film 'Twas the Night Before Christmas is based on the classic Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" which was originally published anonymously in 1823, but has since been largely attributed to Clement Moore. That being said, the poem actually takes up a very little percentage of the film.

The little town of Junctionville, NY get thrown into a panic when Santa Claus returns every letter from that town without even reading them. They get news that Santa is mad at the town for some reason and they fear he's going to completely overlook them on the special night. Local clock maker, Joshua Trundle (Joel Grey) and his assistant, Father Mouse (George Gobel), work on a special clock that is designed to make ammends with jolly old St. Nick and mend bridges. Things obviously can't go that easily for our heros, but they do their best.

I've loved watching this one around the holiday season for as long as I can remember. It's simple, it's short, and it has quite hummable tunes. Murry Laws does good work for Rankin/Bass' productions.

And it's very touching to boot.

This one gets a 9 / 10.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas has been rated TV-G.


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      Garlonuss 5 years ago from Saratoga Springs, Utah

      Yeah, that bit is a bit unusual from a realistic standpoint. But then, the letter that got him mad was in fact signed "all of us". You can poke logical holes in the thing, but the film serves its purpose.

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      I thought the film was pretty good, but the way it had Santa Claus condemn an entire town because of one note in a newspaper was a bit strange. He didn't even read their letters, which, for all he knew could have been an apology.