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The Great Santa Claus Switch (1970)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  5 December 1970 (USA)
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The Great Santa Claus Switch was a Muppet television special that first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970. The show, narrated by Ed Sullivan, begins at the North Pole with Santa Claus and ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Cary Antebi ...
Additional Muppet (voice)
Fran Brill ...
Snerf (voice)
John Byrum ...
Additional Muppet (voice)
Santa Claus / Cosmo Scam
Fred / Lothar (voice)
Richard Hunt ...
Bing / Match Frackle (voice)
Additional Muppet (voice)
John Lovelady ...
Bong / Snake Frackle / Scoff / Snerf / Alarm Frackle (voice)
Thog / Zippity / Snivelly (voice)
Thig / Skippity / Hoppity / Boppity / Snerf (voice)
Danny Seagren ...
Gloat / Snarl / Snerf (voice)
Marilyn Sokol ...
Additional Muppet (voice)
Byron Whiting ...
Additional Muppet (voice)


The Great Santa Claus Switch was a Muppet television special that first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970. The show, narrated by Ed Sullivan, begins at the North Pole with Santa Claus and his elves getting ready for another Christmas. However, Cosmo Scam has hatched a plan to kidnap Santa and take his place. As part of the plan, Cosmo plans to abduct Santa's elves (one at a time) and replace them with his evil henchmen. Written by Richard DeCone

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5 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sinister Santa Claus Switch  »

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This special features the first appearance of Gonzo though he is named "Snarl" here. See more »

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As title indicates Santa gets switched with some very colorful and adorable puppets playing out the story.
14 March 2008 | by (Des Moines) – See all my reviews

Someday, someway this VERY artistic endeavor by Jim Henson will be available, as Ed Sullivan surely would have wanted this. This wonderful holiday special was seen by my son. Unfortunately, I was in the next room crying my eyes out because I had just lost his brother. It was close to Christmas and gifts had been previously purchased, but not much else. Hearing his laughter brought me back to reality and as I heard his burst of laughs, I knew we must get a tree, trim it, and do the usual things associated with Christmas because I still had him and he deserved a Christmas. I remember seeing parts of it through my tears, and the brightly colored Muppets, and my son sitting there will remain with me forever. However, at that time, I did not know the name of the production. Oh to have a copy, to bring back the laughter I heard from my son...

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