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Top 10 Movie Santa Clauses

24 December 2011 7:56 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Next Saturday night, and into Sunday morning, millions of children will go to sleep with the whisper of magical sleigh-bells just beyond hearing, and the hope of multi-coloured, ribboned surprises to greet them when they wake, and the biggest part of that spell, and indeed the mystique of Christmas in its entirety is the red-robed, roly-poly gift-giver at the centre. Santa Claus is Christmas – it goes without saying – and as such he’s appeared in a load of films dedicated to the festive period.

But who has played the best, and indeed definitive Santa Claus from the movie world? If I could stretch the rules a little, I’d suggest it was that clearly CGIed geriatric who stars in the Coca Cola adverts. He’s like a great big walking ball of Christmas joy. And those rosey cheeks could warm even the coldest of Scroogey Grinch hearts.

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- Simon Gallagher

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Thn Feature: Santa Claus In Film

10 November 2011 3:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

From the original Miracle On 34Th Street  to the upcoming movie Arthur Christmas, Santa Claus has always held a special place in the movies. Since the days of black and white, to animated films, Santa Claus has always been portrayed as a portly, white-bearded fellow with a jolly disposition and always wearing his red and white coat, trousers and hat. Over 60 years have passed since Miracle On 34Th Street , but Santa’s image has been preserved, continuing on to become one of the most recognisable characters in movie history.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Filmed in black and white, this is one of the classic Santa Claus tales of a mall Santa who turns out to be the real deal. Santa Claus, or Kris Kringle as he calls himself in the movie, is played by Edmund Gwenn, who makes for a very realistic, generous character that enchants the hearts of all who see this movie. »

- Paul Heath

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