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Not to be confused with the 2004 Creator/{{HBO}} special ''WesternAnimation/TwasTheNight''.


A 1974 animated ChristmasSpecial from Creator/RankinBassProductions starts when the town of Junctionville has all of its letters returned from Santa Claus -- because a letter proclaiming Santa and his reindeer are fakes has appeared in the local paper and offended the jolly old elf. Father Mouse (George Gobel) investigates, and realizes his know-it-all son Albert (Tammy Grimes) has written the letter. Meanwhile, clockmaker Joshua Trundle (Joel Gray) tries to makes a singing clock in hopes of bringing Santa back. Things go from bad to worse when the clock publicly malfunctions, but in the end -- with the help of a HeelFaceTurn on Albert's part -- a happy Christmas ensues. Unlike most R/B productions, this featured 2D animation, rather than their usual StopMotion "Animagic".

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A 1974 animated ChristmasSpecial from Creator/RankinBassProductions starts when the town of Junctionville has all of its letters returned from Santa Claus -- because a letter proclaiming Santa and his reindeer are fakes has appeared in the local paper and offended the jolly old elf. Father Mouse (George Gobel) investigates, and realizes his know-it-all son Albert (Tammy Grimes) has written the letter.

Meanwhile, clockmaker Joshua Trundle (Joel Gray) tries to makes a singing clock in hopes of bringing Santa back. Things go from bad to worse when the clock publicly malfunctions, but in the end -- with the help of a HeelFaceTurn on Albert's part -- a happy Christmas ensues.

Unlike most R/B productions, this featured 2D animation, rather than their usual StopMotion "Animagic".





* ChristmasSpecial

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* ChristmasSpecialChristmasSpecial: It's in the very title.


* FlatEarthAtheist: Santa's existence is a demonstrable fact in this special. He makes no effort to hide himself when making deliveries, can receive and return mail, and even has official operators representing him at the North Pole that you can call up at any time. Doesn't stop Albert from disbelieving.

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* FlatEarthAtheist: Santa's existence is a demonstrable fact in this special. He makes no effort to hide himself when making deliveries, can receive and return mail, and even has official switchboard operators representing him at the North Pole that you can call up at any time. Doesn't stop Albert from disbelieving.


* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Albert not believing Santa is real even if all it takes to demonstrate he's real is ''looking up to the sky on Christmas'' and Santa assuming that a letter decrying him as a fake anonymously signed as "All Of Us" actually means "all of us at Junctionville".



* LettersToTheEditor: The plot is kickstarted by one.

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* LettersToTheEditor: The plot is kickstarted by one.one, an incredibly mean one written by Albert in which he decries Santa Claus as a fraud and a myth. All of the drama that ensues happens because he doesn't signs it as "Albert Mouse" or something similar, but rather as "All Of Us" -- and Santa assumes that it means ''everybody in town''.



* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Father Mouse figures out that Albert was the one who wrote the letter because it's the only person he knows that is so verbose.



* StrawVulcan: Albert, who repeatedly rejects the concept of thinking with his heart, even though the existence of Santa Claus ''is an objective fact'' in this world.

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* StrawVulcan: Albert, who repeatedly rejects the concept of thinking with his heart, heart and that Santa Claus is real, even though the existence of Santa Claus ''is an objective fact'' in this world.


* DependingOnTheArtist: Despite Rankin-Bass having done normal versions of Santa since ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', this version is vastly different, eschewing the usual full-facial beard for something more akin to an Amish beard and being short and stocky.

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* DependingOnTheArtist: Despite Rankin-Bass having done normal versions of Santa since ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', this version is vastly different, with lead designer Paul Coker Jr. eschewing the usual full-facial beard for something more akin to an Amish beard without a mustache and being short and stocky.stocky, with an elflike appearance.


** Averted with Albert. When he tearfully apologizes, his father tells him "It's not enough to be sorry. You have to correct the thing you did." This inspires Albert to fix the clock (not because he believes in Santa, but because he's realized he [[MustMakeAmends has to make up]] for his accidental sabotage.)

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** Averted Subverted with Albert. When he tearfully apologizes, his father tells him "It's not enough to be sorry. You have to correct the thing you did." This inspires Albert to fix the clock (not because he believes in Santa, but because he's realized he [[MustMakeAmends has to make up]] for his accidental sabotage.)) Later on, he praises Albert's willingness to fix the clock with his mechanical know-how.



* TheGrinch: Albert, who writes a mean-spirited letter denouncing Santa and his reindeer as a fraudulent myth rooted in unconscious fantasies and a deceitful lie, signing the letter as coming from "all of us".



* NoNameGiven: Most of the cast, including Trundle's two children and Father Mouse's non-Albert children.

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* NoNameGiven: Most of the cast, including Trundle's two children and Father Mouse's non-Albert children.Albert's mouse siblings.


A 1974 animated ChristmasSpecial from Creator/RankinBassProductions starts when the town of Junctionville has all of its letters returned from Santa Claus -- because a letter proclaiming Santa and his reindeer are fakes has appeared in the local paper and offended the jolly old elf. Father Mouse (George Gobel) investigates, and realizes his know-it-all son Albert (Tammy Grimes) has written the letter. Meanwhile, clockmaker Joshua Trundle (Joel Gray) tries to makes a singing clock in hopes of bringing Santa back. Things go from bad to worse when the clock publicly malfunctions -- but in the end, with the help of a HeelFaceTurn on Albert's part, a happy Christmas ensues. Unlike most R/B productions, this featured 2D animation, rather than the usual StopMotion puppet animation (called "Animagic").

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A 1974 animated ChristmasSpecial from Creator/RankinBassProductions starts when the town of Junctionville has all of its letters returned from Santa Claus -- because a letter proclaiming Santa and his reindeer are fakes has appeared in the local paper and offended the jolly old elf. Father Mouse (George Gobel) investigates, and realizes his know-it-all son Albert (Tammy Grimes) has written the letter. Meanwhile, clockmaker Joshua Trundle (Joel Gray) tries to makes a singing clock in hopes of bringing Santa back. Things go from bad to worse when the clock publicly malfunctions -- malfunctions, but in the end, end -- with the help of a HeelFaceTurn on Albert's part, part -- a happy Christmas ensues. Unlike most R/B productions, this featured 2D animation, rather than the their usual StopMotion puppet animation (called "Animagic")."Animagic".



** Averted with Albert. When he tearfully apologizes, his father tells him "It's not enough to be sorry. You have to correct the thing you did." This inspires Albert to fix the clock (not because he believes in Santa, but because he's learned that he can make mistakes.)
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Character example -- Father Mouse's name seems to be... Father Mouse. Even Trundle calls him that. He's a mouse who fathered children.

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** Averted with Albert. When he tearfully apologizes, his father tells him "It's not enough to be sorry. You have to correct the thing you did." This inspires Albert to fix the clock (not because he believes in Santa, but because he's learned that realized he can [[MustMakeAmends has to make mistakes.up]] for his accidental sabotage.)
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Character example -- Father Mouse's name seems to be...the father of the mouse family is named... Father Mouse. Even Mr. Trundle calls him that. He's a mouse who fathered children.that.



* FromBadToWorse: After the clock malfunctions, no one wants to give Trundle any work. Not only is Santa not bringing gifts for his family, but he can't pay his bills or put food on the table. This also affects Albert's family, as the mice typically feed off scraps from Trundle's table.

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* FromBadToWorse: After the clock malfunctions, no one wants to give Joshua Trundle any work. Not only is Santa not bringing gifts for his family, but he can't pay his bills or put food on the table. This also affects Albert's family, as the mice typically feed off scraps from Trundle's table.



* HeelRealization: Albert doesn't seem to regret his actions until he sees the family he wronged singing a song about the need to keep their hopes up, do what they can, and trust Santa to do the rest.

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* HeelRealization: Albert doesn't seem to regret his actions until he sees the family he wronged singing a song about the how they need to keep their hopes up, do what they can, and trust Santa try to do the rest.have faith that Christmas will turn out okay.



* SantaClausmas: The religious meaning of the holiday never once enters into things. If Santa cannot be persuaded to return to Junctionville, there will be no Christmas.



* StrawVulcan: Albert, who repeatedly rejects the concept of thinking with his heart.

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* StrawVulcan: Albert, who repeatedly rejects the concept of thinking with his heart.heart, even though the existence of Santa Claus ''is an objective fact'' in this world.


** Well, the special says that the offending letter was written by Albert ''and his friends'', who then signed the letter "All of Us." The implication is that Santa interpreted "All of Us" as not meaning "Albert and his Know-It-All Friends" but "The entire population of Junctionville, U.S.A."
*** If only Santa had some means of distinguishing who was naughty and who was nice, he could probably have cleared that up.
*** And yet only Albert is ever called to account. His friends are only mentioned as having written and posted the letter with him. They never come up again. It's all dumped on Albert and Albert alone, and only he ever is shown to have to atone, while his mentioned but unseen buddies are pretty much allowed to go unpunished.
*** Albert's the only one who messed with the clock. He had a lot more guilt on his shoulders than his friends, whoever they are, although they are unquestionably {{Karma Houdini}}s here.
*** He's also implied to be the one who ''wrote'' the letter, as its SesquipedalianLoquaciousness is such that Father Mouse immediately pegs it as ''Albert's'' writing, not merely the kind of thing his son's nerdy friends would collectively come up with.


* HaveAGayOldTime: Creator/ABCFamily removed the "Give Your Heart a Try" number for having the word "gay" in it when it re-aired the special.
** And then they brought it back in...

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* HaveAGayOldTime: Creator/ABCFamily initially removed the "Give Your Heart a Try" number for having the word "gay" in it when it re-aired the special.
** And then
because of Father Mouse's "How about just about everything that makes a holiday gay?", but they brought put it back in...for later airings.

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* DisneyAcidSequence: "Give Your Heart a Try"

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*** He's also implied to be the one who ''wrote'' the letter, as its SesquipedalianLoquaciousness is such that Father Mouse immediately pegs it as ''Albert's'' writing, not merely the kind of thing his son's nerdy friends would collectively come up with.

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**Averted with Albert. When he tearfully apologizes, his father tells him "It's not enough to be sorry. You have to correct the thing you did." This inspires Albert to fix the clock (not because he believes in Santa, but because he's learned that he can make mistakes.)


** Another case is Trundle's daughter whose outfit and pink switches between pink and yellow a few times before settling on yellow.

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** Another case is Trundle's daughter whose outfit and pink switches between pink and yellow a few times before settling on yellow.


* VagueAge: Albert is young but he could be anywhere from a [[ChildProdigy young child]] to a [[TeensAreShort teenager]].



* VagueAge: Albert is young but he could be anywhere from a [[ChildProdigy young child]] to a [[TeensAreShort teenager]].

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