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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 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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English

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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 »

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Santa Claus: Which is sillier? Trying to accomplish the ridiculously impossible or giving up without even trying?
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To Give Every Child in the World a Toy Reprise
Performed by Jim Cummings and Elf Chorus
Music and Lyrics by Marie Maxwell and John Thomas
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Won't please anyone -- child or adult
18 December 2011 | by mikhail080See all my reviews

I watched this now for the first time being way past the age of its target audience. Heck -- I was over thirty when it was made! I wanted to get a little "Christmas Spirit," so I thought this might be the ticket. Or at least I was hoping for a campy and lively time, which wasn't really what I experienced.

Perhaps because it was made for an hour time slot, the proceedings here seem way too padded and overpopulated. Too many subplots -- not enough Santa! We're presented with elves of various stripes, and I guess their father who is a magician apparently. After rescuing one tiny elf from falling through the ice at the North Pole, the elves and their magician Dad grant Santa one wish. They're not too pleased when Santa, accompanied by Mrs Gretchen Claus, wishes for the ability to deliver a toy to every child in the world on Christmas. The plot then relates the efforts of the elves to satisfy Santa's wish. Some pretty dull mayhem ensues.

Don't expect any sparks from the voice performances here of Ed Asner or Betty White. They certainly failed to make any of this contrived story involving, and their voices seem distant and vague. And the flatness of the animation seems like almost something from the Paleolithic Age. And too, some of the characters looks suspiciously familiar, like the little elf who looks almost exactly like Disney's "Dopey." Other characters like the little soldier elves seemed lifted from something else.

Hate to be a Grinch or a Scrooge, but...

* out of *****


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