The Candlemaker (1956 / 1957)

▸▸The Candlemaker is a 1956 animated short film directed by John Halas and Joy Batchelor for the United Lutheran Church in America. The story is about a candlemaker and his son at Christmas time.


A candlemaker delivers candles to faraway customers, leaving his son Tom to produce candles for the church’s Christmas services. Tom forgets about his duty and rushes to deliver the candle on time, and the Christmas services are poorly lit. The next day, Tom prepares a new candle, demonstrating the values of responsibility and Christian stewardship.


Directed by John Halas and Joy Batchelor
Produced by John Halas and Joy Batchelor
Music by Matyas Seiber
Animation by Harold Whitaker, Vic Beavis, John Smith, and John Williams
Production company: Halas and Batchelor
Distributed by ULCA Films
Restored by moonflix, LLC

Original release date:
December 25, 1956

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Genres: New Arrivals, Animated, 1950's, Miscellaneous Cartoons, Cartoons, American Classics, Animation, Animated, Christmas Collection

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