I first saw this cartoon while I was watching an animated Smurfs Christmas marathon and making Christmas decorations. I looked up at the TV when it started and I don’t think I moved a muscle through the whole cartoon. This is what Christmas means to me, I have it on VHS and I used to force people to watch it. It was nominated both for a Nobel Peace Prize and an Academy Award when it was made in 1939. Can you imagine that happening now?
Nice cartoon. Great find. Many very nice animation touches, like the heads of the baby squirrels when they’re being rocked at the end. Grandfather’s limp was a great character touch. The human stuff, rotoscoped, was smoothly integrated.
Aside from the technical, I can see how moving it was for you. I’ve never seen it before and found it moving.
Thanks for sharing this!!!