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