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Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)

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When Santa's sleigh gets stuck in Florida, he tells a group of kids the story of Thumbelina.

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Cast overview:
Jay Ripley ...
Santa Claus (as Jay Clark)
Shay Garner ...
Thumbelina (archive footage)
Pat Morrell ...
Mrs. Mole (archive footage)
Bob O'Connell ...
Mr. Digger (archive footage)
Ruth McMahon ...
Mother (archive footage)
Heather Grinter ...
Witch (archive footage)
Sue Cable ...
Flower Girl (archive footage)
Mike Yuenger ...
Flower Prince (archive footage)
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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 Richard Westmoreland

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The amazing story of Santa in big trouble... And his exciting rescue by the daring ice cream bunny ... It's breath-taking, fun for all. See more »

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Trivia

The last movie filmed at Pirate's World, which closed in 1975. See more »

Goofs

If Santa didn't like the kid's idea of going back to the North Pole by plane, then why did he agree to go back to the North Pole on the Ice Cream Bunny's fire engine? See more »

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Santa Claus: I think I'd better my coat on, very quickly. Can't let anybody see Santa Claus without his coat. Just put this belt on, quickly as you can, and, uh, see what's going on.
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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 »

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Edited from Thumbelina (1970) See more »

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Oy.
13 September 2002 | by (Wilmington, DE) – See all my reviews

I had heard a lot about this movie before. I heard more about this movie than anyone deserves to hear. Still, I had no idea what I was in for when I finally got to see Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. (Sitting here, I realize it's hard to articulate my true reaction to this movie). Obviously, from the comments above, it's an awful movie. Yet it has a strange draw. Like a really, really bad car accident, you can't quite turn away. And just when you think it can't get any worse, the Ice Cream Bunny actually reaches up to hold the head of his costume on while nodding vigorously at Santa's ramblings. Sad thing is, that's just a SMALL problem with this movie. My friend loves this movie. He actually recites the lines along with Santa and the gang. When I first left my initial viewing, I thought about calling the cops on him...but the more I think about it, there is a strange appeal to SICB. If you have any appreciation of the absurd and surreal then you really must see this movie. (Assuming you head doesn't explode during one of the musical numbers.)


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