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A Very Merry Cricket
Directed by Chuck Jones
Written by Chuck Jones
George Selden
Starring Les Tremayne
Mel Blanc
Music by Dean Elliott
Release date(s) December 14, 1973
Running time 24 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Very Merry Cricket is a 1973 Christmas animated television special. It was directed by Chuck Jones, It originally aired on ABC on December 14, 1973. who also wrote the teleplay with George Selden.[1] It was a sequel to their acclaimed adaptation of the 1960 book The Cricket in Times Square and was followed in 1975 by another sequel, Yankee Doodle Cricket.

The show included two original songs by Dean Elliott and Marian Dern (Jones' wife): "Christmas in New York" and "What If Humans Were More Like Mice?"[2]


It is Christmastime in the New York City, but the loud mean-spiritedness of its human population is making it a misery for best friends, Harry the Cat and Tucker the Mouse. They resolve to try to bring back the holiday's warmth with the help of their friend, Chester C. Cricket, the musical insect. Chester agrees to this idea, but against this kind of noisy urban negativity, it will take a miracle for this trio to make a difference.


The special was released on VHS in the 1980s, in 1992 on a Double Feature VHS also containing another Christmas special Bluetoes the Christmas Elf, and in 1999 by Family Home Entertainment. It was released on DVD for the first time with another Chuck Jones special, Mowgli's Brothers in 2005, and later as part of the Chuck Jones Collection DVD in 2007, both released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.


Voice Actor/Actress Character(s)
Les Tremayne Chester C. Cricket
Harry the Cat
Mel Blanc Tucker R. Mouse
Alley Cat



  1. Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 330. ISBN 9781476672939. 
  2. Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 439–440. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. https://archive.org/details/animatedtvspecia0000wool/page/440/mode/2up. 

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