‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)

USA, 1974
colour, 4:3
mono, English

An American animated fantasy television special directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.

Plot Summary

The mouse and human inhabitants of a small American town find themselves in grave danger of not having a Christmas one year when a young mouse unwittingly insults Santa Claus by suggesting that he doesn’t exist. A clockmaker tries to find a way to appease the aggrieved Claus and restore Christmas.


Directed by: Arthur Rankin Jr & Jules Bass
© MCMLXXIV [1974] Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc.
Rankin/Bass presents
Produced by: Arthur Rankin Jr & Jules Bass
Written by: Jerome Coopersmith
Based on the Poem [A Visit from St. Nicholas] by: Clement Moore
Animation: Toru Hara, Tsuguyuki Kubo
Music by: Maury Laws
Lyrics by: Jules Bass
Sound: Don Hahn, John Curcio, Tom Clack
Design: Paul Coker Jr

Joel Grey (told & sung by, Joshua Trundle)
Tammy Grimes (Albert)
John McGiver (mayor)
George Gobel (Father Mouse)
Robert McFadden
Allen Swift
Pat Bright
Christine Winter
Scott Firestone
The Wee Winter Singers