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Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night is a 1998 DtV Christmas special presented by Columbia TriStar Home Video, a Project X production, and featuring the voices of the late Phil Hartman, Marie Osmond and Tom Arnold. It's whimsical Christmas tale of the story behind how the beloved hymn "Silent Night" was created. Like that year's theatrical Summer hit Small Soldiers and the English version of Kiki's Delivery Service, it dedicated to the memory of Phil Hartman.

Synopsis

In 1818, two mouse musicians named Buster and Chauncey visit the Alpine town of Oberndorf, Austria, where they plan to perform for the country's Queen during its annual Christmas pageant, which is organized by Oberndorf's Mayor Huffenmeier. At Oberndorf, an orphan girl named Christina is given asylum on the local church as she intends to go to Vienna where her uncle and aunt live, but a pair of thieves, the Duke of Raoche and his niece Lady Gretchen, who claim to be watching over the preparations for the pageant, have their sights set on seizing the riches stored inside the church. Buster and Chauncey also get settled in the church for the preparations, but a cat chases them causing a mess inside the church that Mayor Huffenmeier blames Christina for, but the church priest, Father Joseph, doesn't think Christina caused the mess. However, the Duke and Lady Gretchen manage to steal the riches and also kidnap Christina, leaving her necklace on the place where the riches were so Father Joseph and Mayor Huffenmeier believe she stole them. Later, Buster and Chauncey help Christina escape and the Duke and Lady Gretchen are caught, with the riches being recovered, proving that Christina is innocent all along, but the previous chase caused damage to the church's organ. Later on, the melody Chauncey has been playing repeatedly on his violin inspires the organist. Father Joseph, who has written a poem, uses the melody to compose "Silent Night" and perform it for the first time. The Queen then offers to take Christina to Vienna and Christina says goodbye to her new friends, Buster and Chauncey.

Songs

Cast

Voice Actor  Character
Phil Hartman Chauncey
Jim Cummings Buster
Lea Michele Christina
Townsend Coleman Father Joseph
Gregg Edelman Father Joseph (singing)
Harry Goz Mayor Huffenmeier
Paul Kandel Duke Rausch
Judith Blazer Lady Gretchen
Tom Arnold Fritz
Marie Osmond The Queen

This was notably the final voice acting role for Phil Hartman, who voiced Chauncey, and also the acting debut of future Glee star Lea Michele.

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