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Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)

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

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jay Ripley ...
Santa Claus (as Jay Clark)
Shay Garner ...
Thumbelina (archive footage)
Pat Morrell ...
Mrs. Mole (archive footage)
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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

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn make "cameos" because Barry Mahon tried to make a Tom Sawyer movie, but gave up after a day's filming. The footage was likely included to help pad the film and because Mahon's earlier "Thumbelina" (and in some prints, "Jack and the Beanstalk") was used. See more »

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If the sleigh could be teleported back to the North Pole, why wasn't it teleported earlier in the film, instead of trying to pull it out of the sand? See more »

Quotes

Santa Claus: 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 »

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Edited from Thumbelina (1970) See more »

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Santa Clause on the Beach?
21 March 2000 | by (Austin,Texas) – See all my reviews

Bad doesn't begin to explain this movie, And I use this term movie loosely.

My dad took my brother and I to see it at the theater when it opened in Houston, Texas in 1972. Apparently my Dad, brother and I are the last living humans that actually saw it, because there are no comments or voting as of this posting.

It's actually a really bad movie within another really bad movie. Come on, Santa Clause on the beach? It's a running joke in my family over the past 20 years that when we see a bad movie we always say 'yeah, but it's no Santa Clause and the Ice Cream Bunny' No joke. Of course having said this, I an currently trying to purchase this sorry excuse for entertainment. Go figure.


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