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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Family | Fantasy  -  14 December 1970 (USA)
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A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

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S.D. Kluger - Narrator (voice)
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The Winter Warlock (voice)
Paul Frees ...
Burgermeister Meisterburger / Grimsby / Soldiers / Townsmen / Doctor (voice)
Joan Gardner ...
Tante Kringle (voice)
Robie Lester ...
Jessica / Mrs. Claus (voice)
Andrea Sacino ...
Child (voice)
Dina Lynn ...
Child (voice)
Gary White ...
Child (voice)
Greg Thomas ...
Child (voice)
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The Westminster Childrens Choir ...
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The Mailman decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who was left on the doorstep of the Kringle family (toymakers). When Kris grew up, he wanted to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown. But its Burgermeister (Herr Meisterburger) is too mean to let that happen. And to make things worse, there's an evil wizard named Winter who lives between the Kringles and Sombertown, but Kris manages to melt Winter's heart (as well as the comely schoolteacher's) and deliver his toys. Written by Kathy Li

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[first lines]
Newscaster: Today, children everywhere are making preparations for an event of world shaking significance: the annual visit of Santa Claus. Informed sources report that legions of junior citizens are making monumental efforts not to cry and not to pout. Meanwhile, letters by the thousands have been flooding postal facilities at the North Pole.
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My World is Beginning Today
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Robie Lester
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Better than "Rudolph"
6 December 2004 | by (Irving, TX) – See all my reviews

This is the best of the Rankin-Bass animated holiday specials, much more entertaining than Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which is much better known. The songs are catchier, the invented story elements less silly and more pertinent, and the vocal performances more accomplished.

That's not to say it's perfect. The story is less silly than Rudolph, but it's still pretty silly in spots. Some of the appeal of this is a campy quality that applies to all of these shows. But the songs in this are catchy and memorable, much more so than the other shows. I think it's a shame that this has been relegated to minor cable showings while Rudolph still gets a network showcase every year.


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