The Night Before Christmas

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The Night Before Christmas
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Theatrical poster.
Production company: MGM Cartoons
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: December 6, 1941
Starring: Clarence Nash
William Hanna
Frank Graham
Producer(s): Fred Quimby
Music composed by: Scott Bradley
Screenplay by: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Director(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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The Night Before Christmas is the third animated theatrical short of the Tom and Jerry series. It was released on December 6, 1941, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was produced by Fred Quimby, and written and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Tom gains a conscience after throwing Jerry out in the freezing cold on Christmas Eve.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Narrator Frank Graham
Jerry Mouse Clarence Nash
William Hanna
Tom Cat William Hanna



  • Candy cane


  • None




The music is composed by Scott Bradley.

Behind the scenes


Critical reception


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient Result
Academy Award February 27, 1941 Best Short Subject: Cartoons The Night Before Christmas Nominated[1]

Home availability


  1. ^ Hanna, William; Ito, Tom (1996). A Cast of Friends, page 214. Taylor Publishing Company. Retrieved April 28, 2020.