It Was The Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas

It Was The Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas

The Night Before Christmas was originally a 1968 Animated Christmas Television Special, with background music provided by the Norman Luboff Choir.  It was shown regularly for about 10 years as a holiday special, but has since disappeared from television.  The classic holiday animated short film tells the heartwarming true story of how Clement C. Moore came to write the Christmas poem beloved by generations of children, and includes a joyous retelling of the charming A Visit from St. Nicholas.

In the film, Clement Moore goes on a short trip just before Christmas to give a series of lectures at a university, and he promises to get his daughter Charity a storybook about Santa Claus for Christmas while he is away.  Charity develops pneumonia while he’s gone, and the doctor says she might not survive.  When Clement arrives back home, he’s distraught to see his beloved daughter near death.  Making things even worse, he hadn’t found any books about Santa Claus when he went shopping, and even through her fever she’s asking for one.  Feeling that he had broken his promise, he decides to write a story of his own and read it to her; it is the story which became A Visit from St. Nicholas.

The Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas (1968)

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The Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas

The Night Before Christmas: A Visit From St. Nicholas

The Night Before Christmas was originally a 1968 animated television special, with background music provided by the Norman Luboff Choir.  It was regularly shown for about 10 years as a holiday special, but it has since disappeared from television.  The classic holiday cartoon tells the heartwarming true story of how Clement C. Moore came to write the Christmas poem beloved by generations of children, and includes a joyous retelling of the charming A Visit from St. Nicholas.

In the film, Clement Moore goes on a short trip just before Christmas to give a series of lectures at a university, and he promises to get his daughter Charity a storybook about Santa Claus for Christmas while he is away.  Charity develops pneumonia while he’s gone, and the doctor says she might not survive.  When Clement arrives back home, he’s distraught to see his beloved daughter near death.  Making things even worse, he hadn’t found any books about Santa Claus when he went shopping, and even through her fever she’s asking for one.  Feeling that he has broken his promise, he decides to write a story of his own and read it to her; it is the story which became A Visit from St. Nicholas.

The Night Before Christmas (1968)

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The Madagascar Penguins: A Christmas Caper

The Madagascar Penguins: A Christmas Caper

The Madagascar Penguins: A Christmas Caper is a wickedly funny computer-animated 12-minute short film that showcases the adventures of four penguins, known as the Madagascar Penguins, who live in the Central Park Zoo and are trained as spies.

In the story, the youngest penguin on the team slips out of the zoo on Christmas Eve to find a present for a lonely polar bear.  While roaming the streets of Manhattan, he is captured by an old lady, who purchases him as a chew toy for her vicious poodle.  The other three penguins rescue the little one from the old lady’s apartment before it is too late.  They have an intense fight against the evil poodle, and when they’re done, they blow the apartment’s door up with dynamite and leave the vicious poodle to take the blame for what the penguins have done.

The Madagascar Penguins: A Christmas Caper

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