On this night before Christmas in the year 2020, I thought we’d flash back 87 years to the Walt Disney Studio’s 1933 Silly Symphony, The Night Before Christmas.
For each cartoon, the story department distributed an outline of the film to studio employees for the purpose of requesting gag submissions — this is how important and integral gags were in the Disney story system.
Cash rewards were paid for accepted gags, and even the janitor got in on the action now and then (it was open to anyone).
I’m attaching The Night Before Christmas‘ original outline directly below (a very rare document, click on the image to download):
I’m also posting 8 publicity stills that were released with the film and 7 photos of an associated Disney board-book that was also released with the film (A+ for marketing):
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! — Sky Danley