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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

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Cast

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 ...
Tanta 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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14 December 1970 (USA)  »

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В город приехал Санта-Клаус!  »

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Trivia

The father of the family where it is revealed why Santa Clause leaves toys in stockings looks exactly like the king in the book that Tante Kringle uses to explain to Kris Kringle why the Kringle family makes toys. See more »

Goofs

When Kris first arrives in Somber Town, he greets the first few people he comes across, including a man who says, "Don't 'Hi' me!" The man's mouth doesn't move at all when he says this. 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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Connections

Followed by A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008) See more »

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What Better Way to Tell You
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Fred Astaire
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My favorite of all Christmas cartoons!
6 November 1999 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

I am an adult, and probably shouldn't watch Christmas cartoons, but I love them anyway! "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" is my favorite of all Christmas cartoons. Anyone who knows me knows that I love this cartoon! (I was a kid in the 70's when all the Rankin/Bass cartoons were on during Christmas, so I remember and have most of them!) The mailman (Fred Astaire) is just adorable! Mickey Rooney as Santa was such a perfect choice! I love to settle in a comfy chair, knowing I won't be interrupted, and put this tape in my vcr.

I agree (a little bit) about the cartoon being dated. Yes, it has those tones mainly in the middle of the cartoon, but it can easily be dismissed. I would like to explain about the wedding celebration between Santa and Jessica in the forest. They got married in the forest because "no church would have them". This a wonderful, innocent Christmas cartoon - a joy for anyone to watch.


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