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Cricket on the Hearth (1967)

A cricket seeks to rescue a poor toymaker and his blind daughter from an exploitative miser.

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Charles Dickens (suggested by the story of Christmas by), Romeo Muller | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Danny Thomas ... Himself / Caleb (voice)
Marlo Thomas ... Bertha (voice)
Hans Conried ... Tackleton (voice)
Paul Frees ... Messanger / Uriah / Captain / Toy Elephant (voice)
Roddy McDowall ... Cricket Crocket (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Ames ... Edward
Abbe Lane ... Moll
The Norman Luboff Choir The Norman Luboff Choir ... Themselves
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Storyline

A delightful, animated musical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale. A Cricket on the Hearth, tells the story of a poor toymaker and his daughter whom a helpful Cricket named Crocket befriends on Christmas morning. When tragedy strikes the family, it's Crocket who comes to the rescue and restores peace and happiness. Written by Ron LaPorte

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Real life father and daughter Danny Thomas and Marlo Thomas played father and daughter in this cartoon special. See more »

Quotes

Cricket Crocket: Ooh, you - you - you - you nincompoop! Paying any attention to the words of a gushing female!
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Connections

Referenced in The Pacifier (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Cricket on the Hearth
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Danny Thomas and The Norman Luboff Chorus
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An old fashioned mixed TV Christmas special
16 January 2019 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

This is a type of TV show that was fairly common and generally liked by audiences in the 1950s and 1960s. A popular entertainer would host a special program that would include a number of performers. They might sing, dance, and act out short skits. Occasionally, someone would host a show with an animated story in which he or she and other performers would be the voices.

"Cricket on the Hearth" is such a film. What makes this somewhat special is that it is based on a children's fairy tale written by Charles Dickens. Dickens wrote "The Cricket on the Hearth" and it was first published Dec. 20, 1845. It was one of more than two-dozen Christmas stories he wrote.

The story is pleasant but not as engaging as are most Christmas tales. Danny Thomas hosts the show and produced it. He and daughter Margo are voices and sing a couple songs. Other characters are voiced by Hans Conreid, Ed Ames, and Roddy McDowell. The role of the cricket isn't very substantial except that he appears as the narrator within the animated story.

Young audiences of the 1960s generally enjoyed this and similar films and programs. Modern audiences decades later have much more variety at hand for entertainment, so even young ones might find this too slow or boring.


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