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Santa and the Three Bears (1970)

When a park ranger tells two bear cubs about Christmas and Santa Claus, they want to skip hibernation to celebrate, but their mother doesn't believe in Saint Nick and wants them to sleep.

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Tony Benedict
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Cast

Cast overview:
Hal Smith ... Uncle Hal / Santa / Mr. Ranger (voice)
Jean Vander Pyl ... Nana (voice)
Chris Gilmore ... Nikomi (voice) (as Annette Ferra)
Bobby Riha ... Chinook (voice)
Beth Goldfarb Beth Goldfarb ... Herself
Brian Hobbs Brian Hobbs ... Himself
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When a park ranger tells two bear cubs about Christmas and Santa Claus, they want to skip hibernation to celebrate, but their mother doesn't believe in Saint Nick and wants them to sleep.

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An enchanting tale of three hibernating bears and how they first discover the magic and wonder of Christmas. See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De kerstman en de drie beertjes See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Wintertime
Written by Joyce Taylor and Doug Goodwin
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Pleasant Christmas concoction...
25 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Sure, its syrupy in the extreme, but this holiday cartoon tale about two bear cubs awaiting Santa Claus on Christmas Eve is rather charming in its naiveté. Following a live-action prologue (which features two kids, a grandpa, and a really sleepy cat), this becomes a semi-musical animated treat with Jean Vander Pyl (Wilma Flintstone herself!) voicing Nana, the mother bear. She tries to get her cubs to hibernate, but they're too excited about seeing Saint Nick. This matinée item is geared strictly towards the under-10 crowd, though I found it simple and reassuring, if treacly. Tony Benedict co-directed from his own script (and also co-produced). Although it resembles a Hanna-Barbera offering, the movie is actually the product of Ellman Film Enterprises and Key Industries Ltd.


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