The Night Before Christmas – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
The Night Before Christmas is a 1941 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 3rd Tom and Jerry short subject directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, produced by Fred Quimby and animated by Jack Zander, George Gordon, Irven Spence and Bill Littlejohn. As was the practice in original issues of MGM animated shorts at the time, only Hanna and Barbera are credited. It was nominated for the 1941 Academy Award for Animated Short Film. It was released to theaters on December 6, 1941, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, one day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, making it the last Tom and Jerry pre-war cartoon.