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A Christmas Story (1972 TV special)

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Written by  Ken Spears Joe Ruby
Country of origin  United States
Initial release  1972
First episode date  9 December 1972
Music director  Hoyt Curtin
Music by  Hoyt Curtin
Original language(s)  English
Director  Iwao Takamoto
Network  Broadcast syndication
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Directed by  Joseph Barbera William Hannah
Voices of  Daws Butler Paul Winchell Walter Tetley Janet Waldo
Voices  Daws Butler, Paul Winchell, Walter Tetley, Janet Waldo
Similar  Casper's First Christmas, The Town Santa Forgot, A Flintstone Christmas, Yogi's First Christmas, A Flintstone Family C

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

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).


  • Daws Butler – Gumdrop, Second Dog
  • Paul Winchell – Goober, Sleezer, Runto
  • Walter Tetley – Timmy, Boy
  • Janet Waldo – Timmy's Mother, Girl
  • Don Messick – Timmy's Father, Squirrel
  • John Stephenson – Polecat, Postman, First Dog
  • Hal Smith – Santa Claus, Fatcat
  • Production credits

  • Produced and Directed By William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Associate Producer: Alex Lovy
  • Story: Ken Spears, Joe Ruby
  • Voices: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Hal Smith, John Stephenson, Walter Tetley, Janet Waldo, Paul Winchell, Paul DeKorte, Randy Kemner, Stephen McAndrew, Susie McCune, Judi Richards
  • Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
  • Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
  • Layout: Mike Arens, Ric Gonzalez, Dan Noonan
  • Backgrounds: F. Montealegre, Gary Niblett
  • Animation: Ed Barge, Bill Hutten, Tony Love, Jerry Hathcock, Ed Love, Don Patterson, Ray Patterson
  • Production Supervisor: Victor O. Schipek
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Technical Supervisor: Frank Paiker
  • Ink & Paint Supervisor: Roberta Greutert
  • Xerography: Robert "Tiger" West
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
  • Editorial Supervisor: Larry Cowan
  • Music Editor: Pat Foley
  • Effects Editor: Earl Bennett
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Post Production: Joed Eaton
  • Camera: Charles Flekal, Roy Wade
  • Home media releases

    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.


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