Picks and Pans Review: The Night Before Christmas

UPDATED 12/15/1986 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/15/1986 at 01:00 AM EST

If Christmas in July doesn't have the children snuggled all warm in their beds, this tape should do it. Taken from a TV show first seen in 1967, it dramatizes the creation of Clement C. Moore's poem with a story suggesting that Moore wrote it to help cure his sick daughter of pneumonia. The poem itself, of course, never seems to lose its magic. But it seems to take forever to get to it (it's only a half hour in real time), and a lot of padding comes from plodding songs written by Norman Luboff and sung by his choir. The only thing worth admiring on the way to the clatter on the rooftop is the drawing, which has a sharp, Disneyish quality. (Cosmic Communications, $14.99)

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