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A talking cricket helps an impoverished toy maker and his daughter, who has been blinded after hearing her beloved is lost at sea. It is book-ended by live-action segments hosted by Danny Thomas.
- Cricket on the Hearth
- Don't Give Your Love Away
- Smiles Go With Tears
- Through My Eyes
- The First Christmas
- That Was Yesterday
- Fish and Chips
- Through My Eyes (Reprise)
- Melody: Cricket on the Hearth/The First Christmas
- Marlo Thomas' other work with Rankin/Bass includes the ABC Saturday Superstar Movie episode "That Girl in Wonderland", an animated spin-off of her 1966-1971 sitcom That Girl with Ann Marie working as an editor of children's books who winds up in a series of classic children's stories.
|Danny Thomas|| Caleb Plummer|
|Marlo Thomas||Bertha Plummer|
|Ed Ames||Edward Belton|
|Roddy McDowall||Cricket Crockett|
|Paul Frees|| Caw|
|The Norman Luboff Chorus|