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The Story of Santa Claus (1996)

The special presents an origin story for Santa Claus, who is depicted as a man named Nicholas Claus who wishes to give every child in the world a gift for Christmas. The elves of the North ... See full summary »

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Rachel Koretsky, Stephen Whitestone (as Steven Whitestone)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edward Asner ... Santa Claus (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Mr. Minch (voice)
Tim Curry ... Nostros, the eldest elf (voice)
Miko Hughes ... Clement (voice)
Betty White ... Gretchen Claus (voice)
Kathryn Zaremba Kathryn Zaremba ... Aurora (voice)
Gregg Berger ... Additional Voices (voice)
Victoria Carroll ... Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Eiding ... Additional Voices (voice)
Kipp Lennon Kipp Lennon ... Additional Voices (voice)
Marie Maxwell Marie Maxwell ... Additional Voices (voice)
Will Ryan ... Additional Voices (voice)
John Thomas John Thomas ... Additional Voices (voice)
Susan Tolsky Susan Tolsky ... Additional Voices (voice)
B.J. Ward ... Additional Voices (voice)
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The special presents an origin story for Santa Claus, who is depicted as a man named Nicholas Claus who wishes to give every child in the world a gift for Christmas. The elves of the North Pole become obligated to grant his wish, facing great obstacles.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

7 December 1996 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Edward Asner and Betty White were on the TV show The Mary Tyler Moore Show together. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Santa Claus: Merry Christmas, Mrs. Claus.
Gretchen Claus: Merry Christmas, Santa.
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Soundtracks

To Give Every Child in the World a Toy
Performed by Jim Cummings
Music and Lyrics by Marie Maxwell and John Thomas
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Better-than-average Christmas special
6 October 2001 | by stvincalSee all my reviews

This is a few steps above your average holiday special, and CBS has been running it seasonally for several years. The voices (Ed Asner, Betty White and Tim Curry) are all terrific, and special note should be paid to Toby Bluth's wonderful direction. Its charm recalls the classic holiday specials ("Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", "Frosty the Snowman", etc.), and the story is entertaining for adults and children alike. Songs are catchy and well-done without being maudlin, and the Busby Berkely-like musical numbers are fun to see. Watch it this year and prepare to shed a tear or two.


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