Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton

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Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton
Written byTage Danielsson
Directed byPer Åhlin
StarringTage Danielsson
Per Andrén
Toivo Pawlo
Marianne Stjernqvist
Åke Fridell
Catrin Westerlund
Narrated byTage Danielsson
Country of originSweden
Original language(s)Swedish
Producer(s)Lance H. Robbins
Cheryl Saban
CinematographyThomas L. Callaway
Running time23 minutes
DistributorPennfilm Studio
Original networkTV1
Original release
  • 24 December 1975 (1975-12-24) (Sweden)

Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton (Christopher's Christmas Mission) is a 1975 Swedish animated short film directed by Per Åhlin, adapted from Tage Danielsson's short story of the same name, telling the tale of a boy who steals Christmas gifts from the wealthy to give to the poor people of Stockholm while working in a post office on Christmas Eve. The film has gained huge popularity in Sweden, and is broadcast every Christmas Eve on Swedish and Norwegian national television. It is also often shown on Christmas Eve by FST in Finland.

The film was dubbed into English in 1987, with Bernard Cribbins as the voice-over.



A Swedish debate about the tale's moral nature has sparked every few years ever since SVT started broadcasting it annually, with critics arguing that it is too political and that stealing is not really on par with the traditional Christmas spirit and others defending it.[1][2][3] Danielsson himself was embarrassed by too serious analysis of the tale.[3]


  1. ^ Stymne, Joakim (14 December 2005). "Tyko Jonssons julafton" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  2. ^ Skarin, Anna (25 December 2008). "Blondinbella: Karl-Bertil Jonsson är dåtidens AFA" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 11 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b Flakierski, Gregor (18 December 2008). "Den alternativa julens Kalle Anka" (in Swedish). Flamman. Retrieved 11 June 2009.

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