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The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't

The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't

The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't (1972) Animated Cartoon Special

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  • Animated TV Special
  • Cartoon Characters: Jeremy Squirrel, Johnny Cooke, Little Bear, Francis Cooke, Mary Cooke, Massasoit, Wolf, Rabbit, Sparrows, Bear, Porcupine, Dad Squirrel, Mom Squirrel, Son Squirrel, Mom, Dad, Janie, Jimmy, Cat, Owl, Gopher, Raccoons, Field Mouse.
  • Originally Released in Nov of 1972 (Estimate).

  • Color
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't

Posted: November 05, 2004


Caught this off Cartoon Network a few years back, and I recorded it since there are so few Thanksgiving specials.

If this is all there is to offer, then the reason why is obvious.

Clearly if Hanna Barbera took a stab at holiday specials at this time in '72, it must have been because Rankin Bass seemed to be making it their territory with Rudolph, Frosty, Winter the Wizard, the Burgermeister Meisterburger, Jimmy Durante, Burl Ives, Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye and Irontail, to name but a few of their images.

Well, this little effort fails miserably to measure up.

Some cornball squirrel saying "thanksgiving never would have been had it not bee for great uncle Silly Jeremy Squirrel"

We even get a modern family at the beginning with an overly serious father saying there is more important things to observe at Thanksgiving. Get real, dad.

Funny thing was, before dad's little speech, we get a hillbilly jugband version of that first thanksgiving dinner, catchy tune but forgettable.

Listen for all that stock footage of HB music.

The adventure involved a little boy and a native boy who have to contend with getting lost in the woods and then going down a river toward a waterfall, and finally being chased by a wolf.

Scooby Doo and Shaggy did all this in their cartoon, and much better by the way.

I guess Jeremy had to help the pilgrims and the natives find the two boys, or that first thanksgiving dinner would have been cancelled.

Yee ha! Then we get another rendition of that hillbilly jugband ditty.

Look for Tennessee Ernie Ford singing "Mouse on the Mayflower" the Rankin Bass offering from 1968. Much more worthwhile.

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