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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

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Cast

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Narrator - S.D. Kluger (voice)
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Kris (voice)
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Winter (voice)
Paul Frees ...
Burgermeister Meisterburger / Grimsley / Soldiers / Townsmen / Doctor (voice)
Joan Gardner ...
Tanta Kringle (voice)
Robie Lester ...
Jessica (voice)
Andrea Sacino ...
Child (voice)
Dina Lynn ...
Child (voice)
Gary White ...
Child (voice)
Greg Thomas ...
Child (voice)
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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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14 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

В город приехал Санта-Клаус!  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

The drawing of the king in Tanta Kringle's book, the doctor that treats the Burgermeister after he trips on the toy, and the father of the family that has their toys left in stockings are all the same puppet, complete with diamond-shaped eyeglasses. See more »

Goofs

The bandage on the Burgermeister's foot disappears and reappears throughout the show. 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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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Episode #1.47 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Sit on My Lap Today
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Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Mickey Rooney
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Warm, cozy & groovy...like a hot cocoa with a shot of peppermint schnapps!
12 December 2001 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite of all the Rankin/Bass specials (and they are all excellent). Many people get all the "Animagic" cartoons confused...so I'll try to pinpoint this one. This is not the one with Rudolph ("...the Red-Nosed Reindeer") and not the one with the Heat Miser and Snow Miser ("Year Without A Santa Claus"). This is the one with the toy-hating Burgermeister Meisterburger and.....the Winter Warlock!!

We get to see Santa Claus go from an orphaned baby raised by elves to a groovy, red-haired hip young adult who is outlawed for delivering toys to finally becoming the toy making/giving king of Christmas! We also get to see Mrs Claus as a groovilicious babe in her own right and she finally gets a name, Jessica.

Some charmingly dated scenes only add to the warm innocence of this show: like when Jessica realizes "her own town has turned against her" and begins singing of her love for and desire to be with Kris Kringle....transcending into a cornucopia of hippy-trippy flowers, swirls and polka-dots and finally catching a glimpse of her paper cutout reflection in the water fountain in the center of town. Remarkable!!

But, the show's main message is one of love and the courage to follow your heart and do what you know is right regardless of the obstacles that come in your way. A wonderful Christmas special that no holiday season is complete without.


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