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Christmas Cracker

1963 8 min
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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.

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Christmas Cracker

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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.
  • director
    Norman McLaren
    Jeff Hale
    Gerald Potterton
    Grant Munro
  • executive producer
    Tom Daly
  • music
    Maurice Blackburn
    Eldon Rathburn
  • cast
    Grant Munro

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Education

Ages 12 to 17

Before viewing, create an anchor chart with the students on Christmas, its rituals and symbols. After viewing, add on more ideas if needed. Follow same method with a different holiday and ask students to create an artistic rendering of it (music, drama /puppets, dance, visual art) in the style of the film. Focus on popular symbols as well as authentic aspects.  Divide the film into its 3 "acts", have students write a narrative story/essay to go with one act.

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