Christmas Cracker

Norman McLarenJeff HaleGerald Potterton & Grant Munro
1963 | 9 min
This short animation consists of three segments that take a playful look at Christmas: a rendition of "Jingle Bells" in which paper cut-out figures dance, a dime-store rodeo of tin toys, and a story of decorating the perfect Christmas tree. This holiday film received many awards and an Oscar nomination.

Awards and distinctions

  • Grand Prize for the Animation Technique
    International Award of the Technical Cinema, Rome
  • Grand Prize for Technique - Category: Films for Children
    Cinematographic Survey of the Nuclear Fair, Rome
  • First Prize - Best Animated Short Award
    International Film Festival, San Francisco
  • Award of Merit
    Landers Associates Annual Awards, Los Angeles
  • Silver Squirrel - Second Prize
    Film Centrum Foundation Film Show, Naarden
  • Award of Exceptional Merit
    International Festival of Short Films, Philadelphia