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December 9, 1933 – The Silly Symphony The Night Before Christmas is Released to Theaters

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“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

On December 9, 1933, the Silly Symphony The Night Before Christmas was released to theaters. It was a sequel to the 1932 Silly Symphony Santa’s Workshop, and was also known as Santa’s Toys. The short was directed by Wilfred Jackson.

In a small house, decorated for Christmas, several children are tucked into bed, waiting for Santa’s arrival. Santa soon arrives and makes his way effortlessly down the chimney, and sets up a tree for the toys. The toys then march out of his bag and make their way to their places under the tree. A group of toy soldiers uses cannons to decorate the tree with ornaments, while a toy plane wraps a garland of tinsel around the tree. Santa laughs merrily as he fills the stockings, and the toys celebrate the completion of a decorated tree. The children wake up and peek at Santa and the toys, and accidentally give themselves away when one boy sneezes. Santa quickly heads up the chimney, and the kids start playing with all their new toys. After hearing sleigh bells, the children look outside to see Santa flying off into the night.

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