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The Trolls and the Christmas Express

The Trolls and the Christmas Express is a 1981 animated Christmas television special produced by the Canadian-based Atkinson Film-Arts. It was originally broadcast on HBO on December 9, 1981.[1]

The Trolls and the Christmas Express
Written byMel Waskin
Story byMel Waskin
Bill Walker
Directed byJohn R. Gaug
Voices ofHans Conried
Paul Soles
Len Carlson
Billie Mae Richards
Carl Banas
Narrated byRoger Miller
Music byHagood Hardy
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Beryl Friesen
W.H. Stevens Jr.
CinematographyRon Haines
Steve Sanderson
Colette Brière
Editor(s)Gerald Tripp
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Atkinson Film-Arts
Pooled Film Services
Original networkHBO
Original releaseDecember 9, 1981



Six troublesome trolls, whose leader is called Troglo (voiced by Hans Conried), use their mischievous magic to sabotage Christmas by infiltrating Santa's village disguised as elves. After a week of wreaking havoc but still not completely ruining Christmas, the trolls get a devilishly clever idea: on the day before Christmas Eve, they get the reindeer dancing and singing all night long. The next day, the reindeer are so tired that they cannot find the energy to pull Santa's sleigh. Although it is likely that Christmas is ruined, the elves quickly devise a plan to link the train from Santa's village with tracks that travel all over the world so that Santa can deliver the toys by using the Christmas Express.

Determined to stop this contingency plan, the trolls are forced to become ever more blatant in their sabotage until they are noticed. When Santa asks what their grievance is, the trolls complain they can't stand the gaiety that seems to shut them out. At that, Santa points a certain fact when he has his elves sing "Deck the Halls" with particular emphasis on the word "troll" in the lyrics. At that, Santa and the elves explain that the verb, "to troll," means to sing or play in a jovial manner, and thus trolls have a place in Christmas. At this revelation, the trolls are so moved that they wish to make amends and agree to help the train make its delivery run.


Songs and performersEdit

  • "The Christmas Express" – composed by Hagood Hardy, performed by Roger Miller
  • "The Elves' Song" – composed by Hagood Hardy, performed by the Elves
  • "The Trolls' Song" – composed by Hagood Hardy, performed by the Trolls

Home mediaEdit

The Trolls and the Christmas Express was released on VHS by Paramount Home Video in 1985 which has long been out of print. On August 12, 2008, it was released as a manufacture-on-demand DVD-R as part of the "Holiday Classics" series by Phoenix Learning Group, Inc.[2]


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