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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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Trivia

Fred Astaire returned as postman "S. D. Kluger" in the 1977 Rankin/Bass holiday special, The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (1977). See more »

Goofs

Kris' bag vanishes after he and Topper are seized by the Warlock's trees. Afterwards, he pulls a toy train out of his sleeve to give to the Warlock. The train is nearly the size of Kris' torso, so there's nowhere on his entire person, let alone his sleeve, that he could possibly have had it concealed. Unless his coat is a TARDIS, which is never suggested to be the case. See more »

Quotes

Burgermeister Meisterburger: This is outrageous! Toys! Toys everywhere! What sort of criminal is this Kringle, sneaking into houses at night? I hereby decree that all the town's doors and windows be locked tight against this prowler!
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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

Spoofed in Santa's Slay (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

No More Toymakers to the King
(uncredited)
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Paul Frees
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My favorite of all Christmas cartoons!
6 November 1999 | by pattyjefSee all my reviews

I am an adult, and probably shouldn't watch Christmas cartoons, but I love them anyway! "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" is my favorite of all Christmas cartoons. Anyone who knows me knows that I love this cartoon! (I was a kid in the 70's when all the Rankin/Bass cartoons were on during Christmas, so I remember and have most of them!) The mailman (Fred Astaire) is just adorable! Mickey Rooney as Santa was such a perfect choice! I love to settle in a comfy chair, knowing I won't be interrupted, and put this tape in my vcr.

I agree (a little bit) about the cartoon being dated. Yes, it has those tones mainly in the middle of the cartoon, but it can easily be dismissed. I would like to explain about the wedding celebration between Santa and Jessica in the forest. They got married in the forest because "no church would have them". This a wonderful, innocent Christmas cartoon - a joy for anyone to watch.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1970 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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