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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)

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A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

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Romeo Muller (teleplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Narrator - S.D. Kluger (voice)
Mickey Rooney ... Kris Kringle / Santa Claus (voice)
Keenan Wynn ... Winter Warlock (voice)
Paul Frees ... Burgermeister Meisterburger / Grimsley / Soldiers / Townsmen / Doctor (voice)
Joan Gardner Joan Gardner ... Tanta Kringle (voice)
Robie Lester Robie Lester ... Miss. Jessica / Mrs. Claus (voice)
Andrea Sacino Andrea Sacino ... Child (voice)
Dina Lynn Dina Lynn ... Child (voice)
Gary White Gary White ... Child (voice)
Greg Thomas Greg Thomas ... Child (voice)
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Storyline

The Mailman decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who was left on the doorstep of the Kringle family (toymakers). When Kris grew up, he wanted to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown. But its Burgermeister (Herr Meisterburger) is too mean to let that happen. And to make things worse, there's an evil wizard named Winter who lives between the Kringles and Sombertown, but Kris manages to melt Winter's heart (as well as the comely schoolteacher's) and deliver his toys. Written by Kathy Li

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In the shooting script, the penguin's name was Topper and that was his name in the original broadcast. In some later broadcast versions, the penguin's name was changed to Waddles for unknown reasons. Current broadcasts and all home video releases have reverted the name back to Topper. See more »

Goofs

The movements of mouths are sometimes wrong, especially when forming long "o" sounds. See more »

Quotes

Jessica: Herr Burgermeister, please, you must set Kris and the little Kringles free.
Burgermeister Meisterburger: [laughing] Set them free? Never!
Jessica: I promise they'll never disturb you again.
Burgermeister Meisterburger: Bah! What good are your promises? Good-bye, good luck, and good riddance.
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Alternate Versions

When aired on television, the following scene is edited: After Burgermeister Meisterburger captures Kris, he tells all the children of Sombertown that they'll never ever play again and then he sets all their toys on fire. In the same version, Kris's song of "A Kiss a Toy is the Price You'll Pay" was edited. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.60 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

My World is Beginning Today
(uncredited)
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Robie Lester
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Astaire
16 October 1999 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

This one is good, right in keeping with the others Rankin Bass did at the time. Personally, I have always liked anything with Keenan Wynn, Fred Astaire or Mickey Rooney-and the Burgomeister with Paul Frees doing the honors-is a riot.

Rankin Bass did a fine job retooling the Santa myth here, and I think that this oughta be shown more. Certainly worth your while.


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