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