Parents' Guide to

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Simple animated tale about believing in Santa.

Movie NR 1974 24 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Fun for the whole family!

There are positive messages,like CSM says.There's also great music,acting,animation,ect.BUT I was pretty suprised when Santa was smoking a pipe.Besides that,PERFECT MOVIE!
age 4+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This film tackles the notion of believing in Santa head-on, and may be a little risky for kids who are struggling with that notion. On the other hand, the message that we are responsible for helping to make our dreams come true is very positive and may provide the perfect context for having that discussion. Father Mouse (voiced by George Gobel) is wonderfully understanding and forgiving of his son's doubts.

Cheerful songs keep the action moving, and the animation will be familiar to fans of Rankin/Bass' Frosty the Snowman. And the dramatic reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas that caps the action will be seen in a new light, now that the viewer knows the back story.

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