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Western Animation / The Night Before Christmas

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The Night Before Christmas is a 1994 Animated Musical made by Golden Films.

The film is a Christmas Special that tells the story of an kind hearted orphan named Jeffrey who longs for a family. Trying to survive on the icy streets, he manages to find work and a place to stay at a toy factory owned by the miserly Mr. Reeks who pays his workers in potatoes. From then on, every night Jeffrey takes the broken toys from the factory skips and repairs them for the children living in a nearby orphanage. His kindness catches the attention of one of the factory's resident mice, who vows to help Jeffrey find a home.

Not to be confused with The Night Before Christmas (1941), a Tom and Jerry short.

The Night Before Christmas provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Heartwarming Orphan: Jeffrey is an orphan and a very good, kind person.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Reeks threatens to put Jeffrey in the local orphanage...which is a bad idea, why? Sure it's not the nicest place, but it's better than freezing to death on the streets.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Jeffrey is one. His cat, Paws, loves him just as much back.
  • Living Toy: The toys come alive on Christmas Eve for a song and dance party.
  • Look Behind You: Jeffrey does this twice to escape the sergeant, both times claiming that a runaway carriage is coming. The first time he's lying as a distraction, the second time there really is a carriage.
  • Meaningful Name: The main villains are called Mr. Reek and Mrs. Bottoms.