‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on DVD

For some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some resident has angered St. Nick, calling Christmas “a fraudulent myth!” Skeptical Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses “and let up a little on the wonder why.” How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa’s jolly return to town – and the joyous finale of the animated fable inspired by Clement Moore’s poem and produced by the merrymaking conjurers of Rankin/Bass Studios. The voice talents of Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver and George Gobel make this festive fable even more fun.

If reading that description makes you feel like taking a giant plate of cookies and plopping down on the couch then you were probably lucky enough to be raised during the 1970s/1980 and were fed a steady diet of Rankin/Bass classics (along with the cookies). So many of Rankin/Bass studios works have been embraced by generations who might have missed them first hand, but for some reason, the excellent ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, does not get the love it deserves. This is a real shame, since it is a heartwarming tale in the tradition of other more well known R/B specials like A Year Without a Santa Claus.

It even as new bonus content. An animated comic that explains holiday traditions which is a lot of fun:

So if you have never seen ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas please give it a shot, it is the perfect special for those suffering from same special every year fatigue (SSEYF) and who could use a new story, but want to keep the same message and quality on the tube.

Twas the Night Before Christmas on DVD [@] Amazon

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5 thoughts on “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on DVD

  1. Leo says:

    I have never liked this Christmas special along with Year Without A Santa Claus. These two cannot hold a Yuletide candle to Rudolph, Grinch, Chuck Brown, and Santa Claus is Coming To Town. This is a wonderful blog and I look forward to seeing it almost every day. Keep up the great work. Ho, Ho, Ho, Leo

  2. @Leo No, say it ain’t so, friend. You don’t like a Year without a Santa Claus? What about Snow Miser? :)

    I’ll admit that for some reason I didn’t care for this animated feature when I was growing up…I’ve grown to care for it very much now. Perhaps because I was so into the stop-motion of the Rankin-Bass productions that seeing them tackle animation didn’t click for me on first viewing.

  3. Bradd says:

    I actually love this special and I did so as well growing up. Thank you Retroist for giving it the respect it deserves!

    I thought I was the only one who actually remembered this. I try to catch it, but I never see it on each year. I guess I am just missing it.

    In addition, I was always a fan of the Mickey Rooney film “It came upon a midnight clear” as well, but this is NEVER aired anymore and I can’t locate the DVD anywhere. I don’t think it was ever released.

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