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Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)

When Santa's sleigh gets stuck in Florida, he tells a group of kids the story of Thumbelina.

Director:

R. Winer

Writer:

Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale "Thumbelina")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jay Ripley Jay Ripley ... Santa Claus (as Jay Clark)
Shay Garner Shay Garner ... Thumbelina (archive footage)
Pat Morrell Pat Morrell ... Mrs. Mole (archive footage)
Bob O'Connell ... Mr. Digger (archive footage)
Ruth McMahon Ruth McMahon ... Mother (archive footage)
Heather Grinter Heather Grinter ... Witch (archive footage)
Sue Cable Sue Cable ... Flower Girl (archive footage)
Mike Yuenger Mike Yuenger ... Flower Prince (archive footage)
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Storyline

Poor Santa Claus. This live-action feature finds his sleigh stuck in the sand on a Florida beach only days before Christmas Eve. He psychically summons prepubescent aid from a nearby subdivision. In order to extricate Santa's sleigh, the local children bring many different animals (presumably the sheep was someone's housepet), but nothing works, and the kids are afraid they won't get any gifts this year. To boost their spirits, Santa tells them the story of Thumbellina, and the setting dissolves into a "fantasy within a fantasy". Thumbellina is a beautiful but very tiny girl, "not much larger than a clothes pin". She becomes lost in the forest during the winter and finds refuge in the underground home of Mrs. Mole. A neighbor mole, Mr. Digger, falls in love and wants to marry Thumbellina, but she's having none of it. When warm weather returns, she runs back into the forest and deserts the two kindly creatures who saved her life, crushing their spirits forever ... the end. As Santa is ... Written by Richard Westmoreland

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What A Story! A Daring Rescue! See more »

Genres:

Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Санта и мороженый кролик See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last movie filmed at Pirate's World, which closed in 1975. See more »

Goofs

The sleigh is only a few centimeters deep in the sand, making it look like it can easily be pulled. See more »

Quotes

Santa Claus: What is that? What is that I hear? Where's it coming from? I hear a siren, but I don't see any fire, I don't see any smoke. Whenever there's a siren, it means there's a fire, but I don't see any smoke. That siren. Where is it coming from? Where's that sound coming from?
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Crazy Credits

Two sets of opening credits and end tags are used in the movie (one for the Santa portion and one for the fairytale portion). See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD release from Legend Films cuts 12 minutes from the Thumbelina segment. See more »

Connections

Edited into RiffTrax Live: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (2015) See more »

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As pleasant as being scalded by boiling hot water!
13 February 2004 | by Angel_MeiruSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this film on TV once (I think it was on AMC, Why, WHY?) and oh god, it is horrible enough to make "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" look like "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus".

It basically deals with Santa being stranded in Florida and his so-called struggle to go back to the north pole. He does not make too much effort, since all he seems to do is sing corny songs,dance corny jigs with a bunch of kids (whom all must be traumatized for all of these years!) and deal with a bunch of whacked out losers, including a storyteller who looks like the chubby Anna Nichole Smith and married (yes, its true) an anthropomorphic mole that would make even Sid and Marty Krofft scream in rage and disgust.Oh and don't forget the other title character, who looks like a rejected baseball/football mascot.

If you run across this film, AVOID IT LIKE A MAD VIRUS!


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