Cricket on the Hearth (1967)

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The Cricket on the Hearth is based on one of Charles Dickens' lesser-known Christmas stories. Bertha, the toymaker's daughter, is the central character. She searches for love and understanding from her father Caleb, who just wants his family to be happy. With the appearance of a good luck cricket, fortunes seem to change. This release features the voices of real-life father and daughter Danny and Marlo Thomas and Roddy McDowell as the Cricket. As all ends well, The Cricket on the Hearth closes with a catchy tune, "The First Christmas." The animated seasonal program was a predecessor to better known fare. It now serves as godfather to Christmas tales told since.

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Critic Reviews for Cricket on the Hearth

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Swapped out the now-iconic Animagic for unappealing traditional animation. It also removed any really engaging songs or fun characters.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

The animation is a bit choppy, but the title character is still very charming. It's a shame this one doesn't get more regular broadcasting, because even if it's often not a conventional Christmas special, it's still a joy to watch.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

There's blindness caused by grief, melodramatic plot twists by the bushel, and a cricket narrator. But it's all a little bland, with songs that last way too long.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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