The Great Rupert (1950) Rated NR

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A trained squirrel helps two families overcome their obstacles over Christmas. Based on the story, Willie the Squowse by Ted Allan. There is a color version of the film under the title: A Christmas Wish. Starring Jimmy Durante, Terry Moore, Tom Drake

George Pal, the producer, used stop motion for Rupert the squirrels dancing scenes. They are well done, to the point that I wondered how they were done or if they used a real squirrel. It’s story is one for the season, with two families on opposite ends of the wealth scale, learn the true meaning of Christmas, that it’s better to give than receive. It’s a cute Christmas movie worth a watch every season.

 

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