Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

Released 1970


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Jules Bass
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a stop motion animation Christmas special directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. and released in 1970. The film tells the story of Santa Claus' origins and origins of several other Christmas traditions. Special Delivery "S.D." Kluger (Fred Astaire) is a delivery man whose truck has broken down. This leads him to tell the tale of Santa Claus. In a place called Sombertown, Mayor Burgermeister Meisterburger (Paul Frees) rules with an iron fist. One day, a baby is left on his doorstep and he instructs his helper to take it to the Orphan Asylum. On the way to the Asylum, a wind blows the baby away to the mountains where he is discovered by elves named Kringle. They take the baby in and name him Kris and raise him as their own.
  • In this Classic Christmas tale, we learn how an orphaned boy became the world's greatest gift giver.

    "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" is just great fun. It just keeps getting better with each viewing and there are many reasons why. The late Fred Astaire is terrific as narrator Special Delivery "SD" Kluger. His narration makes the program even more enjoyable. Mickey Rooney is great in the first of two turns voicing Santa Claus (His second is yet another classic "The Year Without a Santa . The supporting characters are great as well. Burger Meister Meister Burger and his right hand man Grimsby are a real treat. How can I forget the Winter Warlock. The late Kennan Wynn is terrific as the evil sorcerer who is changed by the spririt of Christmas. Even Santa's little penguin companion Topper is great. In the end "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" is well worth seeing. It's not a difficult responsibility to make some time for this great show!moreless

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    • The doctor (Who looks remarkably like the King in Tanta Kringle's scrapbook.) who examins Burger Meister Meister Burger after Burger Meister trips over a toy duck tells him that he has broken his funny bone. The funny bone, or Humerous, is the arm. Yet Burger Meister has a cast on his right foot. Second the doctor is able to determine that Burger Meister broke a bone by just taking his temperature.

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Animation, Comedy, Kids


Family Comedies, Stop-Motion & Clay-Animation, Classics