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Cricket On The Hearth Part 1 – Phelous

Cricket On The Hearth Part 1 – Phelous

"The service at the Money Lender is fine, but it's the evil laughing that keeps me coming back." X'D

There was a Charles Dickens story about a cricket? I'll be honest, I definitely never heard of it until now. I remember the talking cricket (aka Jiminy) from Pinocchio) and the cricket from Times Square, but this is the first time I've heard of the one on the Hearth.

The way I see it, now I've been able to rewatch Disney's Pinocchio, is that the makers of this wanted to get some of that pie (hence why the focus shifted to the toymakers when their profession was more incidental to the story, and why the cricket is now a full-fledged character). Would that make this one of the first Disney rip-offs?

Also, reading up, apparently for a time Cricket on the Hearth was more popular than Christmas Carol. I'm guessing as time went on, people went from liking the sentimentality of Cricket and not being as warm to the Dickensian criticism of Victorian society, to going against the implications the story makes about Bertha (amongst other issues) in Cricket and valuing the message of Christmas Carol far more. Hence why Cricket is now barely remembered.

I take back everything I might've said or thought over the years about the designs in the Rankin-Bass Hobbit adaptation, at least they put some effort into that. These characters look like even blander than their usual puppet fair and are barely a tenth as expressive!

Both my sister (when we were MUCH younger) & I (just this past December) were both in A Christmas Carol…

BTW any thoughts on reviewing "Samson & Sally" &/or "Serendipity the Pink Dinosaur"?

I died at 10:53!!!!

I was just recently in A Christmas Carol… Not only that, but so was my older sister, but that was when we were WAAAY younger!

BTW any thoughts on reviewing "Serendipity the Pink Dinosaur" &/or "Samson & Sally"?

The Animals AND The Characters are casting shadows on the… Background?
It's a paiting in-universe? 👀

"When you're still gay inside."
Now, remember kids, back in the 60s, gay still meant happy, and didn't refer to the act of being sexually attracted to the same sex.

My mom actually got this one about five years ago on dvd, it came in a collection of classic Christmas movies. Ones like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer & Santa Clause is Comin' to Town.

Finally got around to seeing some Danny Thomas shows. It's not a bad show, it turns out. But I have no idea why this animated thing was in one of the Christmas episodes.

I watch this every December while ironing Christmas curtains 😀 It's just a weird tradition I got because it was one of the first things I did after moving into this house a few years ago. And every year I get the goddamn sexy cat song stuck in my head for days.

1. 5:39: Why is he winking so much? And so slowly?

2. Danny Thomas is rockin' that velvet jacket.

3. Damn, Edward could crush coal into diamonds with that jaw… but instead, he's too busy kissing smiles away (seriously, WTF?!).

4. 10:52: Should I even bother pointing out how they got the principle of the whole "spoon as a catapult" thing wrong? You know what? Not worth it.

5. 12:16: Holy crap, is the Ice Cream Bunny approaching?!

6. 12:41: "I seek shelter from the bitter cold… oops, wrong movie, never mind."

Maybe it was a Dickens family tradition to tell stories at Christmas and Charles was the only one who published his stories? Everyone has a Christmas tradition! Every Christmas everyone on my dad's side of the family comes over and we throw a big party! It used to be my dad and my mom's side, but that kinda stopped after my Grandma died…

Even among other rankin/bass films this is bad… I know that they usually mess up old stories but even the other stuff is better than this

Holy shit I actually had this on a DVD collection as a kid. For the longest time i thought it was a hallucination or I got it mixed up with the Cricket of Times Square books but then the song kept getting stuck in my head at random times

While doing research on the film I found out it was animated by Eiken, a Japanese company, so is this technically an anime?

I'm only now noticed that Berta (or whatever is her name) looks like shes blind from begining, stare into nothing, when Caleb's eyes, on other side, looks fine.

Funny, I recently found a cricket on my hearth. Oh, and my test results just arrived! Lemme just skim them over… 🤤 Uh oh…

I love this video as it is, but if you ever have to come back because of a copyright strike or anything, that would be a good opportunity to have the toymaker smash Crockett with the hammer after the tacks are flung into his eyes.

Ok, I understand he would give up the JOY of toy making with a sick daughter, but entirely giving up any income (except for evil mc hand rubber) was stupid.

For one, obviously the whole debt thing, but working for his own business meant that he would literally be near his daughter and pay for her needs.

Honestly he done fucked up on so many fronts by giving up income (not job enjoyment, income)

I get a SMALL business could have one or two employees and or do a third party thing with a big company, but that’s hard to do back then with less technology, more expensive, and doesn’t fit any of those.

He’s just a big magic toy maker man somehow with no license deals, workers, or proficiency (as far as we see) in making toys.

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