The Night Before Christmas (1933 film)

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The Night Before Christmas
Directed byWilfred Jackson
Produced byWalt Disney
Narrated byDonald Novis
Music byLeigh Harline
Animation byDick Huemer
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
December 9, 1933
Running time
8 min
CountryUnited States

The Night Before Christmas, also known as Santa's Toys, is a 1933 American pre-Code animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. Part of the Silly Symphony series, the film is an adaptation of Clement Clarke Moore's poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, popularly called The Night Before Christmas. The film was directed by Disney animator Wilfred Jackson.[1]


In a loose adaptation of Clement C. Moore's famous poem, St. Nick is seen delivering the toys that he made in Disney's Santa's Workshop (1932) to a house full of sleeping children. The toys come alive, and they dance around and have fun. The kids awake to find a beautiful Christmas tree with lots of toys.

Home video[edit]

The short was released on the 2006 Walt Disney Treasures DVD box set More Silly Symphonies.[1]


  1. ^ a b Merritt, Russell; Kaufman, J. B. (2016). Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series (2nd ed.). Glendale, CA: Disney Editions. pp. 138–139. ISBN 978-1-4847-5132-9.

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