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
Kris Kringle says his first line after the first eight minutes of the program. See more »
S.D. Kluger said that because Kris was considered an outlaw, the Kringles had to travel beyond the reaches of civilization and eventually settle at the North Pole. But the Burgermeister ruled only Sombertown, a small province of Germany. Unless Sombertown has an abnormally draconian extradition treaty, there's no reason to think Kris couldn't set up shop in another part of Germany, let alone France, Holland, Norway, or anywhere else in Europe. See more »
This is the best of the Rankin-Bass animated holiday specials, much more entertaining than Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which is much better known. The songs are catchier, the invented story elements less silly and more pertinent, and the vocal performances more accomplished.
That's not to say it's perfect. The story is less silly than Rudolph, but it's still pretty silly in spots. Some of the appeal of this is a campy quality that applies to all of these shows. But the songs in this are catchy and memorable, much more so than the other shows. I think it's a shame that this has been relegated to minor cable showings while Rudolph still gets a network showcase every year.
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