Poor Santa Claus. This live-action feature finds his sleigh stuck in the sand on a Florida beach only days before Christmas Eve. He psychically summons prepubescent aid from a nearby subdivision. In order to extricate Santa's sleigh, the local children bring many different animals (presumably the sheep was someone's housepet), but nothing works, and the kids are afraid they won't get any gifts this year. To boost their spirits, Santa tells them the story of Thumbellina, and the setting dissolves into a "fantasy within a fantasy". Thumbellina is a beautiful but very tiny girl, "not much larger than a clothes pin". She becomes lost in the forest during the winter and finds refuge in the underground home of Mrs. Mole. A neighbor mole, Mr. Digger, falls in love and wants to marry Thumbellina, but she's having none of it. When warm weather returns, she runs back into the forest and deserts the two kindly creatures who saved her life, crushing their spirits forever ... the end. As Santa is ... Written by
The last movie filmed at Pirate's World, which closed in 1975. See more »
When two kids bring a donkey to pull Santa's sleigh out of the sand, Santa is wearing a dark pair of sunglasses. They disappear in the close-up, then reappear in the next shot. See more »
What is that? What is that I hear? Where's it coming from? I hear a siren, but I don't see any fire, I don't see any smoke. Whenever there's a siren, it means there's a fire, but I don't see any smoke. That siren. Where is it coming from? Where's that sound coming from?
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Two sets of opening credits and end tags are used in the movie (one for the Santa portion and one for the fairytale portion). See more »
This legendary piece of kiddy badfilm is an astounding atrocity; a primitive, interminable fraud which turns out to be just a lame wraparound for other (pathetic) kiddy movies. The Santa segment consists of meandering silent footage (padded with promotional shots from Pirate's World Amusement Park,) which is not at all clarified by a faint, indecipherable female narrator and an equally muffled, wheezy Santa, who vainly attempts to ad-lib his lines throughout. When Santa tells the kids a story, its another bad hour-long movie (either Barry Mahon's "Thumbelina" or "Jack and the Beanstalk"), shown in it's entirety! Finally, Santa is rescued by the title rabbit, a pitiful man-in-suit abberation, a droopy, matted thing with absurd cheeks, something your poor kid might encounter at a strip-mall photo shoot. There are some hilarious closeups of the Bunster doing a constipated jig to a kazoo rendition of "Jingle Bells". As an Ice Cream Bunny, though, he stinks; he does not produce one single scoop of ice cream throughout the entire film! Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn show up for pointless cameos, as Kazoos play an irritating rendition of "Old Man River" in the background. Yep, this kiddy matinee monstrosity is infernal myth-bashing at its worst, a joyless, retarded torture test that must be seen to be believed. Forget about "Plan 9 From Outer Space"; this may be the worst flick of all time.
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