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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

As the story is set in Germany, most of the main human characters have German names. Kris Kringl, to use the traditional spelling, is a name from medieval German folklore. However, Jessica breaks this pattern, at it is believed to be a faux Jewish-Italian name created by William Shakespeare for his play The Merchant of Venice. See more »

Goofs

There is no toy duck on the stairs when the Burgermeister comes out of the building. Yet he trips on the toy duck at the top of the stairs. See more »

Quotes

Dingle: Wiggle my ears and tickle my toes, methinks I see a baby's nose! It's more than a nose. There's a whole baby attached to it. Better call my brothers! Wingle! Bingle! Tingle! Zingle!
Zingle: What is it, Dingle?
Wingle: It's a baby, Zingle.
Tingle: A baby what, Wingle?
Bingle: A baby baby, Tingle.
Dingle: I like babies, Bingle.
Bingle: Our baby's the best baby of them all, Wingle.
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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 »


Soundtracks

If You Sit on My Lap Today
(uncredited)
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Mickey Rooney
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It holds up
20 October 2016 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is a 1970 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The film stars Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus, Keenan Wynn as the Winter Warlock, and Paul Frees in various roles. The film tells the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. It is based on the hit Christmas song of the same name, which was introduced on radio by Eddie Cantor in 1934, and the story of Saint Nicholas.

This special is a classic. Some images have now been cut because of various stupid reasons.

This is still a cartoon that everyone will enjoy. If you have not seen it in years you should.

This film is solid storytelling. There is never a dull moment. BUY the DVD. Its worth seeing the original unedited version.


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