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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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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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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Verdadeira História de Papai Noel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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4:3
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[first lines]
Newscaster: Today, children everywhere are making preparations for an event of world shaking significance: the annual visit of Santa Claus. Informed sources report that legions of junior citizens are making monumental efforts not to cry and not to pout. Meanwhile, letters by the thousands have been flooding postal facilities at the North Pole.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.60 (2012) See more »

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If You Sit on My Lap Today
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Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Mickey Rooney
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Timeless!!
12 October 2001 | by AbeStreetSee all my reviews

I will be 33 in January 2002. I only mention this so that readers will be able to gauge my review of this classic based on my age. While I was growing up, prior vcr tapes and dvd players, I and my friends would wait all year to view the various Christmas specials that aired each year. I remember sitting glued to the tv taking in every second of the shows. Back then if you missed part of the show or even the whole show you were border line depressed because you knew you couldn't see it again for a whole year. In some ways anticipation made the viewing of Christmas specials that much better.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN(SCICTT) is in my top five Rankin/Bass specials. Right along with RUDOLPH, FROSTY and The Year WITHOUT SANTA CLAUS. I enjoy the 1970's feel this classic has. The flowers that appear when Jessica sings, the simple toys the kids play with and the songs that are sung throughout this show. I can only imagine what a modern version of this show would sound like with its boy band sounding songs and electric toys and video games. Instead of watching Kris and Jessica court each other and wed we would probably see them live together while they consider marriage. This was a scary classic. The Winter Warlock was very scary when I viewed this as a kid. No matter how many times I saw this as a kid I would always wonder if Kris would make it past the warlock.

I suppose the best thing about this type of Christmas classic is that when people my age view it they can escape back to their innocent youth for a short while. Even though I now own the vhs of SCICTT and soon hope to purchase the DVD I make myself and my kids wait until Christmas season to watch it. It's not quite the same as when I was a kid but anticipation still increases the viewing pleasure once we do watch it.


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