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"Mystery Science Theater 3000" Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1991)

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Joel Hodgson (creator)
Michael J. Nelson (head writer)
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Original Air Date:
21 December 1991 (Season 4, Episode 21)
Joel and the Bots take on the infamous Christmas classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) in which a group of martians... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Joel Hodgson ... Joel Robinson
Jim Mallon ... Gypsy

Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... Frank
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Carr ... Magic Voice (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jim Mallon (host segments)
Writing credits
Joel Hodgson (creator)

Michael J. Nelson (head writer)

Trace Beaulieu (written by) &
Frank Conniff (written by) &
Joel Hodgson (written by) &
Kevin Murphy (written by) &
Paul Chaplin (written by)

Bridget Jones (contributing writer) &
Jim Mallon (contributing writer) &
Colleen Henjum (contributing writer) &
Lynn-Anne Friese (contributing writer) &
Tom Wedor (contributing writer) &
Craig Tollifson (contributing writer) &
Rob Schrab (contributing writer) &
Christopher Whiting (contributing writer)

Produced by
Joel Hodgson .... executive producer
Jim Mallon .... executive producer
Jim Mallon .... producer
Kevin Murphy .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Ken Fournelle (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Trace Beaulieu 
Joel Hodgson 
Makeup Department
Clayton James .... hair stylist
Clayton James .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alexandra Carr .... production manager (as Alexandra B. Carr)
Timothy Scott .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Trace Beaulieu .... set designer
Joel Hodgson .... set designer
Jef Maynard .... set designer
Sound Department
Timothy Scott .... audio editor
Brian Wright .... audio
Special Effects by
Joel Hodgson .... gizmonic devices (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Fournelle .... lighting
Kevin Murphy .... lighting
Editorial Department
Alexandra Carr .... post-production coordinator (as Alexandra B. Carr)
Jann Johnson .... post-production coordinator (as Jann L. Johnson)
Karen Lindsay .... on-line editor
Music Department
Charlie Erickson .... composer: theme song
Joel Hodgson .... composer: theme song
Joel Hodgson .... lyricist: theme song
J. Elvis Weinstein .... lyricist: theme song (as Josh Weinstein)
Joel Hodgson .... performer: theme song (uncredited)
Other crew
Cyn Eells .... intern
Cindy Hansen .... intern
Jann Johnson .... production coordinator (as Jann L. Johnson)
Heide LeClerc .... manager of business affairs (as Heide A. LeClerc)
Jef Maynard .... toolmaster
Timothy Scott .... technical supervisor
Christopher Wurst .... intern
Bryan Beaulieu .... special thanks
Bill W. .... special thanks

Series Crew
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Directed by
Joel Hodgson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joel Hodgson  creator

Production Design by
Jef Maynard 
Makeup Department
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jann Johnson .... production manager (1994-1997) (as Jann L. Johnson)
Special Effects by
Trace Beaulieu .... special effects
Other crew
Frank Conniff .... script supervisor
Kelly Nathe .... production assistant (1992-1993)
Joseph Olson .... intern (episodes 814-817)
Julie Walker .... info club Poobah (1993-1996)
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

97 min

Did You Know?

When one of the Martians orders the others back to their posts, one of the MST3K team yells "VFW Post 309!" VFW Post 309 is in Peru, New York.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During an intermission, Joel gets a stack of "good" Christmas movie cassettes and reads information about them off the back of each tape. The only problem is that the tapes aren't in cases, they're loose, and Joel is pretending to read their undersides, where the sprockets to advance the videotape are. He turns each one over in his hands as he goes and it's clear there is nothing to read there.See more »
Tom Servo:Dial M for Martian.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Twilight Zone" (1959)See more »
A Patrick Swayze ChristmasSee more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is an essential "MST3K" episode, 18 December 2007
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, LA

I watched this episode on a 2-DVD set of "Mystery Science Theater 3000-The Essentials" of which the other disc had the short Hired, Part II and Manos, The Hands of Fate. In the invention exchange, Dr. Forester and TV's Frank show a machine that turns great presents into crappy ones while Joel and the 'bots have additions to The Island of Misfit Toys from the Rankin/Bass "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". During the movie we get references to "Twin Peaks", the LAPD, dyslexic kids, Larry Storch, Dr. Stranglove, etc. (incidentally, the same stock footage of planes refueling also appeared in that Kubrick masterpiece). Second segment had Joel and the 'bots singing "A Patric Swayze Christmas" with Crow especially enjoying warbling about kicking butts as Swayze does in his favorite movie Road House! Another one after that had them doing poems of what Christmas means to them with Servo getting upset at the possibility of Santa being killed if he came to the Satellite of Love! My favorite riff in the entire show came from Crow when, after some noticeable splices during a news anchor's segment in which he mentioned two children seeming to "disappear in thin air", he says, "Just like some frames of this film!" LOL! John Call plays Santa here, Bill McCutcheon plays the dim-witted Droppo, Ned Wertimer (Ralph the Doorman on "The Jeffersons") plays a reporter who interviews Santa and, in her film debut, 10-year-old Pia Zadora plays one of the Martian children. And, yes, Joel and the 'bots make fun of her Golden Globe award. Not every riff line works but this was one of the funniest episodes of "MST3K" I've seen and there are even some touching moments that were a little unexpected to me here. And I loved the snow globe on Tom Servo's head. The movie itself, both intentionally and not, can be funny on its own especially with scenes of Droppo or the villains or both. And you gotta dig a theme song that spells Santa right then calls him Santy in the next line as the words are printed on the screen! So on that note, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians was truly an essential episode of "MST3K".

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