Cricket on the Hearth

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Product Overview

Cricket on the Hearth is the story of a toymaker and his daughter who are befriended by a cricket named Croket on Christmas morning. Watch with your family as this classic Charles Dickens' tale unfolds. This Original Christmas Classic is a must-have for the holidays!


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 204713773
UPC 796019803014
UPC 14 00796019803014
Format DVD
Release Date 10/5/2010
Editors Note
Note Charles Dickens's novella from 1845, which follows the activities of the Peerybingle family and the cricket who assumes the role of guardian angel and watches over them, is brought to the screen in this animated tale.
Danny Thomas
Marlo Thomas
Edward Asner
Paul Frees
Cast & Crew
Aaron Spelling - Executive Producer
Arthur Rankin, Jr. - Director
Arthur Rankin, Jr. - Screenplay
Charles Dickens - Based On Story By
Danny Thomas - Voice Of
Jules Bass - Director
Jules Bass - Producer
Marlo Thomas - Voice Of
Maury Laws - Original Music By
Paul Coker, Jr. - Production Designer
Paul Frees - Voice Of
Roddy McDowall - Voice Of
Romeo Muller - Screenplay
Technical Info
Catalog ID 80301
UPC 00796019803014
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 60 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource The 7th Level
Review This Emmy Award winner (it didn't really win anything. I'm being sarcastic) is based on a story by Charles Dickens. It concerns a toy maker and his daughter (played by Danny Thomas and his daughter Marlo) who barely manage to make ends meet due to a cruel, evil toy factory owner who's running them out of business. The daughter's fiance is lost at sea one dark night, and at one point she agrees to marry this vile successful entrepreneur (I love how the guy who actually makes money is always the bad guy. I kept hoping for a real "You've Got Mail" romance to blossom here, but alas, it wasn't to be) when the Cricket On The Hearth, voiced by Roddy Mcdowell and also the toy maker's best friend and good luck charm, steps in to make things right...I can't say that I enjoyed this one. The songs are good, and Roddy Mcdowell is perfect as the cricket. It just doesn't have enough of a Christmasy feel for me. I just don't associate annoying insects with Christmas. After all, they're insects. They're annoying. It would be like Dreamworks making An Antz Christmas. Scratch that. It would be like Dreamworks making Antz.
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Actor Thomas,Danny
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
The 7th Level The songs are good, and Roddy Mcdowell is perfect as the cricket.
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