'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)

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When a local Junctionville newspaper prints an insulting letter about Santa Claus, Joshua Trundle and Father Mouse set out on a mission to let Old St. Nick know that he's truly appreciated, and convince him not to skip over their town this coming Christmas Eve.

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Critic Reviews for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Rankin-Bass was riding high in 1974, because it also put out the hand-drawn "'Twas the Night" the same year. Here, Father Mouse's geeky son, Albert, learns the true meaning of Christmas after writing Santa to tell him he didn't exist. Ouch.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…
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In watching 'Twas the Night Before Christmas as an adult, it becomes a little bit easier to see why the special hasn't stuck in the memories of as many kids as its peers.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…
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[The special's] "even a miracle needs a hand" message ultimately celebrates industriousness, and allows that even intellectuals can find room in their hearts for the spirit of Christmas.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…
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There's a lot of weird stuff going on aside from the premise, including a central theme of "Shut up, nerd! Stop thinking and just believe.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

a charming adaptation of the original Clement Moore poem

Jan 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Simple animated tale about believing in Santa.

Dec 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Is this the one with the mice living inside a clock?

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

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I didn't remember this until I started watching and realized I used to watch and love this when I was a kid! I love that little skeptical mouse!!

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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A human family and a matching mouse family. This was shown on television every year. It has warm spirit, if you can get past the weird animation style.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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worst christmas special ever made

danny d
danny d

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