Hey folks, Valkor here. A question arose as to why we cover films such as The Smurfs, Charlie Brown, Tom and Jerry, or even the latest DVD to cross my desk "Twas the Night Before Christmas". And to that I'll answer – because they're classic videos that myself as well as others grew up with. Those of us that have known and loved these classic tales, now have kids of their own who can appreciate them today. Thanks to Warner Home, this Christmas you get to relive this classic tale again for the first time.
"Twas the Night Before Christmas" takes us through the classic poem, with a bit of a spin. In this cartoon, we're brought into the village of Junctionville, where its citizens receives the ultimate shocker - All of their letters that were sent to Santa Claus were returned unopened. No one can figure out why and now the village looks to the town's clockmaker, with his awesome idea of a clock that will play a special song for Santa when he passes by, hoping he'll make a stop at Junctionville. But on the day of testing, the clock goes "ker-blooey". And now it looks like all hope of a merry Christmas are dashed.
Turns out the reason behind Santa's rejection and the clock breaking has to do with one mouse named Albert who wrote a letter to Santa, to put it short, "we don't believe in you". Plus he broke the clock. But after having a talk with Father Mouse and seeing what the town would be like without Christmas, Albert has a change of heart and looks to make amends by fixing the clock in time for Santa. Can he do it?
Of course he'll make it, but barely by a whisker (pun intended). You get one extra on DVD, "Christmas: A Global Holiday", which gives us a look at how Christmas is celebrated around the world. But let's get to it shall we.
First this classic tale has been remastered for audio/video quality and this old cartoon is like new again. Colors pop and are amazingly bright. Plus the audio has been given a boost and everything sounds rich and clear. It's a short film, runtime about 24 minutes, with the added extra, puts it up there at 5r4 minutes, but I still say it's worth the cost not only if you loved this film as a child, but to also make a little one today happy. The characters are loveable, the music is catchy, and the ending completes the package.
Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to start the festivities than by picking and enjoying Rankin/Bass "Twas the Night Before Christmas". It's a holiday treat you'll enjoy again and again. Out of TOV 5 stars, I give the film a 4.5 and it's been Valkor tested, TOV Approved.