The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't

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The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't
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Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Avco Broadcasting Corporation
Release date: November 21, 1972
Starring: Hal J. Smith
June Foray
Vic Perrin
John Stephenson
Don Messick
Producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera

Screenplay by: Ken Spears and Joe Ruby
Director(s): William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't is an American Thanksgiving animated TV special produced by Hanna-Barbera for the Avco Broadcasting Corporation, who distributed it in syndication. It aired on November 21, 1972. It was written by Ken Spears and Joe Ruby, and produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

A young squirrel learns how his great-great-great grandfather saved Thanksgiving between the pilgrims and the Indians.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Jimmy June Foray
Judy Unavailable
Mom Unavailable
Dad Don Messick
Squirrel kid Unavailable
Squirrel dad Vic Perrin
Squirrel mom June Foray
Jeremy Squirrel Hal J. Smith
Mary Cooke Unavailable
Johnny Cooke Unavailable
Pumpkin Unavailable
Little Bear Unavailable
Mr. Cooke John Stephenson
Little Bear's father Unavailable
Wolf Don Messick
Johnny Cooke's sister
Rabbit Don Messick



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It was copyrighted in 1971.


The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin.


Dates are in order of release:

  • November 21, 1972 in syndication

Behind the scenes


Home availability