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Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree (1995)

A single Christmas tree becomes the source of cheer for the people and animals living around Mr. Willowby's estate. Based on the children's book of the same name.

Director:

Jon Stone

Writers:

Robert Barry (book), Mitchell Kriegman (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Mr. Willowby
Stockard Channing ... Miss Adelaide
Leslie Nielsen ... Baxter
Kevin Clash ... Father Mouse / Owl (voice)
David Rudman ... Ned Mouse (voice)
Julianne Buescher ... Beverly Mouse (voice)
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit the Frog / Bear / Owl (voice)
Bill Barretta ... Bear (voice)
Bruce Lanoil ... Owl / Bear (voice)
Kevin Thompson ... Bear
Tracey Thompson Tracey Thompson
Shari Weiser ... Bear
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Storyline

A charming tale about a family of mice living in the wealthy and eccentric Mr. Willowby's house. They decide to start the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree (namely, chopping off the top of the perfect tree Mr. Willowby has brought home). However, while they continually attempt to take their piece of tree, the top of the tree is passed around from humans to animals, each one taking just enought of the tree to make it the perfect size for them. Through this adventure, the mice see how others celebrate Christmas. Written by Max Vaughn

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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a sweet family friendly story!!
11 October 2005 | by dvhaddockSee all my reviews

This TV special has been an annual favorite in our house since it came out in 1995. Fortunately, I videotaped it and my family is glad I did. This is a wonderful adaptation of a classic children's book. Mr Willowby (played by Robert Downey Jr.) is the very epitome of Christmas spirit and cheer. However, his beautiful perfect Christmas tree is too big. What to do? The tree top is lopped and surprises ensue as the tree (or parts of it anyway) finds its way into the hands of many who also wish to celebrate the holiday season. Leslie Nielsen and Stockard Channing round out a marvelous cast along with many puppet animals including a cameo by Kermit the Frog himself. This special does deserve to be on DVD although I have my doubts it will ever get there. If it ever gets rerun on TV and you have a chance to watch it I highly recommend this for the entire family to watch....and don't forget to record it!


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