Christmas Comes but Once a Year

Fleischer Studios (1936)

Christmas Comes But Once a Year is a 1936 animated short produced by Fleischer Studios and released on December 4, 1936 by Paramount Pictures. It is part of the Color Classics series.

The orphans were all animated based on a template of one of them, whose toy soldier falls through the sock. The short was directed by Dave Fleischer, it starred Jack Mercer as the voice of Grampy; it was Grampy’s only appearance in which Betty Boop did not appear.

Along with many of the other Color ClassicsChristmas Comes But Once a Year is today in the public domain. On various video copies of the film, it is released with Hector’s Hectic Life, and a few other productions by Famous Studios, including Snow Foolin‘. Certain prints also contain Jack Frost, a 1934 cartoon produced by Ub Iwerks and released through Celebrity Productions.

The film’s title song would be slightly rewritten the following year for the New Years-themed Popeye the Sailor cartoon “Let’s Celebrake” where it was sung by Popeye and Bluto at the beginning.

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