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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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Complete credited cast:
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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Westminster Childrens Choir ...
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Storyline

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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В город приехал Санта-Клаус!  »

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Mickey Rooney would later reprise his role of Santa Claus in two other Rankin-Bass specials, 'The Year without a Santa Claus' and 'Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July', and the sequel to 'Year without a Santa Claus', 'A Miser Brothers' Christmas'. See more »

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S.D. Kluger said that because Kris was considered an outlaw, the Kringles had to travel beyond the reaches of civilization and eventually settle at the North Pole. But the Burgermeister ruled only Sombertown. How could Kris be considered an outlaw everywhere else? See more »

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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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Followed by The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) See more »

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Put One Foot In Front of the Other
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Mickey Rooney and Keenan Wynn
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Now that was some mighty fine writing!
21 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love the Rankin'/Bass Christmas specials. They are so timeless and relaxing to watch, and make you feel so cosy and warm, which is lacking in most Christmas movies of today. As of now, Santa Claus is Comin' To Town is one of my favourites, along with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. There are so many things to like about this special, whether it is the animation, the music or the writing.

The animation is really lovely, perhaps a tad dated, but it does have this sophisticated look that adds to the special's innocence. The music is just gorgeous, the song that Jessica sings is just beautiful beyond words. As for the writing, I agree with anyone who says this one has the best writing out of the specials to come from Rankin'/Bass, a bit like I consider The Little Drummer Boy to be the most poignant. There are some sweet moments, but other parts are very funny, whether it is the interaction between the narrator and the children which was very entertaining, or the dialogue of the toy-hating Burgermeister Meisterburger such as "Ooooooouuu, I've been bamboozled". And anything Winter says borders on hysterical, like "you mustn't mind the tree monsters. Their bark is worse than their bite".

The characters are wonderful, with Santa really charming here, and Burgermeister Meisterburger a sophisticated enough villain and a funny one too. And then we have the narrator, a wonderful one with some truly entertaining lines. And the voice work is outstanding, particularly strong work from Paul Frees in multiple roles including the villain of the piece Burgermeister Meisterburger. Mickey Rooney is his charming self as Santa/Kris Kringle, so he was an ideal casting choice, and Keenan Wynn was superb as Winter. And Fred Astaire, all I can say is like Rooney an inspired choice, and he was note-perfect. All in all, I am running out of things to say to praise Santa Claus is Comin' To Town, so little more to add than a 10/10. Bethany Cox


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