animated movie The Great Rupert © George Pal Productions / Arnold Leibovit Entertainment
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The Great Rupert

As Christmas time draws near, a down on their luck family (led by Jimmy Durante) move into a new apartment, where Rupert the Squirrel lives in the attic. It seems there will be no joy this Christmas - not even a tree - but Rupert turns out to be the family's guardian angel in this musical holiday feature.

(Also known as 'A Christmas Wish')

Created by: George Pal Productions, Arnold Leibovit Entertainment
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Alternate Title: A Christmas Wish (USA)
Featuring live-action actors:
Jimmy Durante ... Mr. Amendola
Terry Moore ... Rosalinda
Tom Drake ... Peter Dingle
Frank Orth ... Mr. Dingle
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Dingle
Queenie Smith ... Mrs. Amendola
Chick Chandler ... Phil Davis
Jimmy Conlin ... Joe Mahoney
Hugh Sanders ... Mulligan
Don Beddoe ... Mr. Haggerty
Candy Candido ... Molinero
Directed by: Irving Pitchel
Produced by: George Pal
Musical Score by: Leith Stevens
Writing Credits: Ted Allen and László Vadnay
Supervising / Directing Animators: John S. Abbott and Fred Madison
Animated by: George Pal

animated movie The Great Rupert © George Pal Productions / Arnold Leibovit EntertainmentOriginally black and white, the movie has recently been colourised. The colour version is known as 'A Chistmas Wish'. The one which is included in the George Pal 3 DVD boxed set is the original BW, though (check our merchandise links)

Apparently, George Pal's stop motion 'puppetry' was so convincing in 1950 that the studio was approached by agents wanting to book the dancing squirrel.

George Pal's first feature film.

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