Saturday, 11 June 2016
413 The Night The Animals Talked
First viewed : Uncertain
We're almost done with the seventies but first I need to include a couple of programmes which I can't date with any precision.
The Night The Animals Talked was a Christmas perennial on ITV in the seventies. It was based on a Norwegian Christmas legend although Animal Farm was another influence. The half hour animation sees the stable animals of Bethlehem suddenly acquiring the gift of speech on the night of December 25th . At first they use it to argue about status and hierarchy but learn humility through witnessing the birth of Jesus in their stable, their new gift slipping away shortly afterwards. It was absolutely charming and became a regular feature of our Christmas viewing for a few years though as I said I can't put a start or end date to that.