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The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (1985)

At a council convened by The Great Ak, the forest being tells the story of Santa Claus to explain why he deserves to be made immortal.

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(as Julian P. Gardner), (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Earl Hammond ... Santa Claus (voice)
... King Awgwa (voice)
Larry Kenney ... Commander of the Wind Demons (voice)
Lynne Lipton ... Queen Zurline / Wife / Additional Voices (voice)
Bob McFadden ... Tingler (voice)
Lesley Miller ... Necile (voice)
Peter Newman ... Peter Knook / Awgwas / The Gnome King / Husband / Additional Voices (voice)
Joey Grasso ... Weekum (voice)
... Young Claus (voice)
... The Great Ak (voice)
Amy Anzel ... Child (voice) (as Amy Anzelowitz)
... Child (voice)
Ari Gold ... Child (voice)
Jamie Lisa Murphy ... Child (voice)
Al Dana ... Chorus (voice)
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Storyline

The Great Ak calls a council of the Immortals to ask that Santa Claus be given immortality. To justify it, he tells the story of Santa Claus. The Ak found an abandoned baby and gave it to a lioness and a fairy to raise, who named him Claus. When Claus grew up, the Great Ak showed him the evil and hardship in the world, so Claus decides to live there and relieve some of the suffering. He decides to make toys for orphans, but King Agua, the ruler of the valley where Claus lives, doesn't want the children to be happy, resulting in a great battle with the Immortals. Written by Kathy Li

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17 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Most of the actors who provide voices for this movie also provide voices for Thundercats (1985) and Silverhawks (1986), also produced by Arthur Rankin Jr./Jules Bass. See more »

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The first two times Claus walks through the village to deliver the gifts, the valley looks like it's summer time, when in fact the movie takes place in a snowy village called The Laughing Valley. See more »

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Young Claus: What is Man's use? Why is he here? Why is he born at all?
The Great Ak: To leave the world, in some way, better than he found it.
Young Claus: Great Ak, how can I do that?
The Great Ak: You must follow your star, as others have before you; and try to bring a measure of love and joy to the world.
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CLAYMATION COUNCIL GATHERS TO DECIDE ON IMMORTALITY FOR SANTA CLAUS
20 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

AWESOME CLAYMATION Christmas CLASSIC...a must have for the Christmas holidays .It is unfortunate that the networks no longer show this tale of how Santa Claus becomes the symbol of Christmas. This tale has gods ,elves,fairies and Santa Claus . If you like the Lord of the Rings ,Harry Potter and other Rankin and Bass classics , then this will be a welcome addition to your movie collection.I have seen this movie so many times and every time I see something new. However, do not buy this UNLESS YOU CAN STAND SEEING IT YEAR-ROUND.This is sort of hard to find so get it when you see it .I OFTEN SEE THE WELL KNOWN OTHERS LIKE RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER AND THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN but this one is sort of rare .


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