Cricket On The Hearth Part 1 – Phelous

100 thoughts on “Cricket On The Hearth Part 1 – Phelous

  • Plot twist the guy with green skin actually had cricket Crockett living with him before and that's what you look like after crickets drain your luck

  • How the hell does hearing the shock of your lover lost in sea turn someone blind?!
    As much I find this special alright but that still bugs the hell out of me.

  • Are we not even going to address the fact that while Bertha and Edward are lovers in this movie, they're brother and sister in the original book? Not cool, Rankin/Bass. XP

  • My Christmas tradition for the past 3 years. I think this might be my fav of your vids man (both parts of this special I mean).

  • I love how Cricket Crockett just becomes this super villain that just shoots people when he wants and makes fun of blind Bertha. It’s fantastic

  • So…

    Since the cricket showed up Birtha's fiancé died at sea, she went blind from grief, Caleb stopped working to care for her, he went into debt from paying doctors to fruitlessly examine her condition, they got evicted from their home and Caleb was forced to take a non-profit job for an asshole who gave him excessive work loads and makes them sleep at the workshop and live off of table scraps.


  • Nearly 2 years later, and the tack gag still makes me laugh WAY too hard. Everything about that sequence is messed up. The animation, while very fluid, is still done very poorly and Cricket Crockett moves wholly unnaturally—even by cartoon standards, and the way he launches the tacks using the spoon makes no sense. The tacks would have to be on the handle of the spoon and he'd have to jump on the tip of the bowl end of the spoon to cause them to fly across the room. It's just such an odd choice to have him launch the tacks anyway rather than tossing, kicking or hopping them over. The only saving grace for that whole bizarre scene is the gag, which makes an already ridiculous sequence comedy gold!

  • This never should have been included with our Christmas Classics DVD Set. My daughter was traumatized by this Christmas Classic. I don't know why it was ever made. Seriously terrible. So sorry you had to deal with this crap.

  • Are you sure she was struck blind before the news of her dead fiance? Even before that happens, she never looks like she's looking at anyone. She always has this blank stare.

  • 10:46 I see this quite a bit in kids cartoons when a talking animal/insect friend is helping humans with important work using these really complicated tiring methods, and I question the efficiency of it all. I mean, instead of sitting around doing nothing until asked, then jumping into a little circus act, Cricket could be simply refilling a bowl with tacks or mixing paints at his own constant pace. That way Caleb and Bertha could keep a work flow going and Cricket could not waste so much excess energy. But then, Caleb could not be an ass and keep the important parts like the wheels of a toy wagon next to him.

  • Did the chick who now lives with old man (HEEEEEEE) say sky blue pink? My grandmother says that I thought she made that up. She's a shill nooooooooooo

  • This is the funniest episode I've ever seen from you! I was laughing my ass off the whole time! 😹👍🏼

  • Where was this made? Canada? The UK for all commonwealth nations? The accents seem to be from everywhere. Cockney cricket? Is the toy smith Irish? Bertha's accent is from where?

  • sees one of the names he knows in the credits after several times watching this HANS CONRIED?! HOW'D THEY GET HONS FREAKING CONRIED ON THIS?! YOU WERE CAPTAIN HOOK, HONS, HAVE SOME SELF-RESPECT!

  • "The service at the Money Lender is fine, but it's the evil laughing that keeps me coming back." X'D

  • There was a Charles Dickens story about a cricket? I'll be honest, I definitely never heard of it until now. I remember the talking cricket (aka Jiminy) from Pinocchio) and the cricket from Times Square, but this is the first time I've heard of the one on the Hearth.

  • The way I see it, now I've been able to rewatch Disney's Pinocchio, is that the makers of this wanted to get some of that pie (hence why the focus shifted to the toymakers when their profession was more incidental to the story, and why the cricket is now a full-fledged character). Would that make this one of the first Disney rip-offs?

    Also, reading up, apparently for a time Cricket on the Hearth was more popular than Christmas Carol. I'm guessing as time went on, people went from liking the sentimentality of Cricket and not being as warm to the Dickensian criticism of Victorian society, to going against the implications the story makes about Bertha (amongst other issues) in Cricket and valuing the message of Christmas Carol far more. Hence why Cricket is now barely remembered.

  • I take back everything I might've said or thought over the years about the designs in the Rankin-Bass Hobbit adaptation, at least they put some effort into that. These characters look like even blander than their usual puppet fair and are barely a tenth as expressive!

  • Both my sister (when we were MUCH younger) & I (just this past December) were both in A Christmas Carol…

    BTW any thoughts on reviewing "Samson & Sally" &/or "Serendipity the Pink Dinosaur"?

  • I died at 10:53!!!!

    I was just recently in A Christmas Carol… Not only that, but so was my older sister, but that was when we were WAAAY younger!

    BTW any thoughts on reviewing "Serendipity the Pink Dinosaur" &/or "Samson & Sally"?

  • 17:02
    The Animals AND The Characters are casting shadows on the… Background?
    It's a paiting in-universe? 👀

  • "When you're still gay inside."
    Now, remember kids, back in the 60s, gay still meant happy, and didn't refer to the act of being sexually attracted to the same sex.

  • My mom actually got this one about five years ago on dvd, it came in a collection of classic Christmas movies. Ones like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer & Santa Clause is Comin' to Town.

  • Finally got around to seeing some Danny Thomas shows. It's not a bad show, it turns out. But I have no idea why this animated thing was in one of the Christmas episodes.

  • I watch this every December while ironing Christmas curtains 😀 It's just a weird tradition I got because it was one of the first things I did after moving into this house a few years ago. And every year I get the goddamn sexy cat song stuck in my head for days.

  • 1. 5:39: Why is he winking so much? And so slowly?

    2. Danny Thomas is rockin' that velvet jacket.

    3. Damn, Edward could crush coal into diamonds with that jaw… but instead, he's too busy kissing smiles away (seriously, WTF?!).

    4. 10:52: Should I even bother pointing out how they got the principle of the whole "spoon as a catapult" thing wrong? You know what? Not worth it.

    5. 12:16: Holy crap, is the Ice Cream Bunny approaching?!

    6. 12:41: "I seek shelter from the bitter cold… oops, wrong movie, never mind."

  • Maybe it was a Dickens family tradition to tell stories at Christmas and Charles was the only one who published his stories? Everyone has a Christmas tradition! Every Christmas everyone on my dad's side of the family comes over and we throw a big party! It used to be my dad and my mom's side, but that kinda stopped after my Grandma died…

  • Even among other rankin/bass films this is bad… I know that they usually mess up old stories but even the other stuff is better than this

  • Holy shit I actually had this on a DVD collection as a kid. For the longest time i thought it was a hallucination or I got it mixed up with the Cricket of Times Square books but then the song kept getting stuck in my head at random times

  • While doing research on the film I found out it was animated by Eiken, a Japanese company, so is this technically an anime?

  • I'm only now noticed that Berta (or whatever is her name) looks like shes blind from begining, stare into nothing, when Caleb's eyes, on other side, looks fine.

  • Funny, I recently found a cricket on my hearth. Oh, and my test results just arrived! Lemme just skim them over… 🤤 Uh oh…

  • I love this video as it is, but if you ever have to come back because of a copyright strike or anything, that would be a good opportunity to have the toymaker smash Crockett with the hammer after the tacks are flung into his eyes.

  • Ok, I understand he would give up the JOY of toy making with a sick daughter, but entirely giving up any income (except for evil mc hand rubber) was stupid.

    For one, obviously the whole debt thing, but working for his own business meant that he would literally be near his daughter and pay for her needs.

    Honestly he done fucked up on so many fronts by giving up income (not job enjoyment, income)

  • I get a SMALL business could have one or two employees and or do a third party thing with a big company, but that’s hard to do back then with less technology, more expensive, and doesn’t fit any of those.

    He’s just a big magic toy maker man somehow with no license deals, workers, or proficiency (as far as we see) in making toys.

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