A Christmas Story (1972 TV special)

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A Christmas Story
Written by Ken Spears
Joe Ruby
Directed by Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Voices of Daws Butler
Paul Winchell
Walter Tetley
Janet Waldo
Music by Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Editor(s) Larry Cowan
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Avco Broadcasting Corporation (1972–1976)
Multimedia Program Productions (1976–1983)
Multimedia Entertainment (1983–1989)
Great American Broadcasting (1989–1991)
Turner Program Services (1991–1996)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1996–present)
Original network Syndication
Original release
  • December 9, 1972 (1972-12-09)

A Christmas Story is a 1972 American animated Christmas television special produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which was broadcast in syndication on December 9, 1972.


As a family gathers around the tree on Christmas Eve, their son Timmy has made a special wish in his letter to Santa Claus. But the letter is found – unmailed – by the lovable family dog Goober and his friend, Gumdrop the mouse. Together, they set off into the snowy night to deliver the letter to Santa. Overcoming many perils – including a lurking gang of alley cats – they finally find Santa. Timmy's letter is delivered, Gumdrop and Goober make it home safely and a boy's special wish magically comes true on Christmas.

Featured songs[edit]

The songs featured in A Christmas Story included:

  • "Sounds of Christmas Day"
  • "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
  • "Where Do You Look for Santa?"
  • "Hope"
  • "Which One is the Real Santa Claus?"

"Which One is the Real Santa Claus?", "Sounds of Christmas Day" and "Hope" were re-used five years later in the 1977 TV special A Flintstone Christmas. "Hope" was also re-used in Yogi's First Christmas (1980).


Production credits[edit]

Home media releases[edit]

The special was first released on VHS as part of the Hanna-Barbera Super Stars video collection by Hanna-Barbera Home Video in 1989, and re-released again in the 1990s by Turner Home Entertainment.

On July 31, 2012, Warner Home Video released Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection burn on demand service. This collection features a trilogy of Christmas specials: A Christmas Story, The Town Santa Forgot and Casper's First Christmas.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection". WB Shop. Retrieved 17 August 2018.

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