Strange accidents start to happen in Santa's village when he receives a mysterious letter.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Esa Saario ...
Joulupukki (voice)
Ulla Tapaninen ...
Henna Haverinen ...
Noora (voice)
Olli Parviainen ...
Ville (voice)
Aarre Karén ...
Vekara (voice)
Veikko Honkanen ...
Agricola (voice)
Vesa Vierikko ...
Juho Vaneeri (voice)
Eija Ahvo ...
Tara (voice)
Markku Riikonen ...
Feetu Fakteri (voice)
Nelli Nukkemaakari (voice)
Annamari Metsävainio ...
Bertta Bitti (voice)
Antti Pääkkönen ...
Martti (voice)
Sami Aarva ...
Lentäjä (voice)
Jarkko Tamminen ...
Lentäjä (voice)
Seppo Pääkkönen ...
Antti (voice)


Strange accidents start to happen in Santa's village when he receives a mysterious letter.

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24 December 1996 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

A Mikulás és a varázsdob  »

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FIM 3,500,000 (estimated)

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The Finnish director Mauri Kunnas spend two months in Hungary for supervising the production. He says that the tight production schedule was the biggest problem. See more »


I jultomtens verkstad
Written by Pasi Hiihtola and Peik Stenberg
Performed by Pasi Hiihtola and Peik Stenberg (as Sås och Kopp)
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Very nice story that suffers a bit from the limitations of the animation budget
6 March 2017 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews

Santa Claus and the Magic Drum, or Joulupukki ja noitarumpu in Finnish, is based on a children's book of the same name by Mauri Kunnas. It tells about Santa Claus and his household in the weeks leading up to Christmas as they're trying to decipher a most mysterious letter for Santa any of them have ever seen. Yet at the same time strange accidents and mishaps plague the workshops and Santa specifically.

What I like the most about this movie are the characters and to just a slighter degree the story. Both are extremely charming and likable from the get go. It's also nice for a change to really explore the workshops and different Christmas elves in the midst of work. Especially because none of them are anything alike, each a fascinating individual. Even the eventual "adversary" of the movie is a fun and more than a bit goofy fellow.

And while the story isn't overly complex, it is just right for an animated film of this length, skilfully mixing elements of the Santa mythos and Lapland folklore. It has charm, it has action, it has mystery, it has all it needs.

All that being said, having rewatched this film through the eyes of an adult, I have to admit that the technical aspects of the film are not exactly filled with quality. The character designs and colours are based on Kunnas' original book so nothing wrong there, but the animation itself, the way the characters move, is pretty jerky. In addition, while the voice actors seem to be talented and fit their characters well, the recordings and mixing are both pretty cringe- worthy from time to time. None of this ruins the film, but it is still a flaw worth noticing.

Still, this is a great Christmas film and very much recommended for those looking for a new holiday tradition.

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