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Plot: The Mailman decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who was left on the doorstep of the Kringle family (toymakers). When Kris grew up, he wanted to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown. But its Burgermeister (Herr Meisterburger) is too mean to let that happen. And to make things worse, there's an evil wizard named Winter who lives between the Kringles and Sombertown, but Kris manages to melt Winter's heart (as well as the comely schoolteacher's) and deliver his toys. Runtime: 48 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 1969
Warm, cozy & groovy...like a hot cocoa with a shot of peppermint schnapps! (by josephbrando)
This is my favorite of all the Rankin/Bass specials and they are all excellent . Many people get all the "Animagic" cartoons confused...so I'll try to pinpoint this one. This is not the one with Rudolph "...the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and not the one with the Heat Miser and Snow Miser "Year Without A Santa Claus" . This is the one with the toy-hating Burgermeister Meisterburger and.....the Winter Warlock!!We get to see Santa Claus go from an orphaned baby raised by elves to a groovy, red-haired hip young adult who is outlawed for delivering toys to finally <more>
becoming the toy making/giving king of Christmas! We also get to see Mrs Claus as a groovilicious babe in her own right and she finally gets a name, Jessica.Some charmingly dated scenes only add to the warm innocence of this show: like when Jessica realizes "her own town has turned against her" and begins singing of her love for and desire to be with Kris Kringle....transcending into a cornucopia of hippy-trippy flowers, swirls and polka-dots and finally catching a glimpse of her paper cutout reflection in the water fountain in the center of town. Remarkable!!But, the show's main message is one of love and the courage to follow your heart and do what you know is right regardless of the obstacles that come in your way. A wonderful Christmas special that no holiday season is complete without.
My favorite of all Christmas cartoons! (by pattyjef)
I am an adult, and probably shouldn't watch Christmas cartoons, but I love them anyway! "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" is my favorite of all Christmas cartoons. Anyone who knows me knows that I love this cartoon! I was a kid in the 70's when all the Rankin/Bass cartoons were on during Christmas, so I remember and have most of them! The mailman Fred Astaire is just adorable! Mickey Rooney as Santa was such a perfect choice! I love to settle in a comfy chair, knowing I won't be interrupted, and put this tape in my vcr.I agree a little bit about the cartoon being <more>
dated. Yes, it has those tones mainly in the middle of the cartoon, but it can easily be dismissed. I would like to explain about the wedding celebration between Santa and Jessica in the forest. They got married in the forest because "no church would have them". This a wonderful, innocent Christmas cartoon - a joy for anyone to watch.
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town is one of my all-time holiday favorites and it's hard for me to believe it was made in 1970 because I was fully 12 at the time and I used to think I'd grown up seeing it as a kid. Oh well, memory plays tricks on us from time to time. But it's a timeless classic and is suited for family members of all ages.How can a children's story hold the interest of adults? Well, aside from the wonderful animation, singing and the extraordinary talents of the various artists -- Fred Astaire as the postman, Mickey Rooney as Santa, Keenan Wynne as Winter <more>
Warlock and Paul Frees as the Burgermeister did you know his most famous vocal role was Boris Badenov in the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle? If the voice sounds familiar that's why! -- there's more than meets the eye to this simple tale.Just look at it and you eventually discover that Sombertown is a metaphor for Germany. I mean, the scenery, the sounds of people's accents, especially the Burgermeister's Burgermeister, after all, means mayor in German , and the like, make it quite plausible. But that pesky Burgermeister ... bullying, isn't he? And he's so hung up on making kids miserable and he bans toys and every time Kris Kringle comes by with a load and foils his plans he gets madder and madder and at one point he sets fire to a whole load of toys in the town square while the kids cry.This particular segment of the plot -- I'm not saying, of course, that the WHOLE story is about this -- is a thinly disguised observation on how Hitler banned books and other materials from Jewish artists and everyone dubbed "degenerate" in Germany. The children of Sombertown are metaphors for the Jews in pre-Holocaust Germany during the Nazi years.Now don't get me wrong; the story is mainly an answer to many children's questions about why Santa comes down chimneys, why he lives at the North Pole and so on. But when you look at the story and read between the lines you discover that the writers, in dealing with that one particular aspect of the script, were carefully concealing a very powerful political statement.And as Santa is the spirit of giving and love, of course he triumphs over the Burgermeister!
I so loved this show and so sad It's no longer on at Xmas. (by annabellegeorgio)
Why have so many of the best and special Xmas cartoons been discarded for Xmas shows that are non existent.We couldn't wait when Xmas came around to watch this show, I feel so sad for kids today, who grow up with no real Xmas shows, like the ones of the 60's and 70's!Why can't our TV stations make a special Xmas night, where all the great Xmas shows are on TV.Xmas Eve is a special night, and so many stupid and meaningless program's are displayed. Santa Claus is coming to town should be brought back. along with the little drummer boy, frosty the snow man, and any other Xmas <more>
cartoon of that time.I really hope someone does read this, and gives me some info on where I could buy all the good old Xmas cartoons.I ALSO hope someone out there feels like I do.How great Fred Astaire was as the postman, and MICKY ROONEY as Santa. You can't beat these or this show. please!!! won't someone bring them back? It's not too much to ask really!thank you.
They just don't make them like they used to (by Phlox)
The 1977 TV movie "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" is by far the best Rankin/Bass movie and one of the best Christmas movies altogether. This family classic is about the early life of "Kris Kringle" and his road to becoming the man everyone knows as Santa Clause. Its humorous comprehensible plot and excellent character building make this movie a keeper. The catchy songs easily get stuck in your head and the brilliant animation style is fun to watch. All of the new Christmas movies so far have failed to impress me. The Jim Carrey Grinch was in my opinion a cheesy shallow <more>
take on what Christmas is all about and the Polar Express was too caught up in the special effects. However, Santa Clause is coming to Town takes you back to the true meaning of Christmas. So next time you're wondering how reindeer fly or why Santa goes down chimneys, watch Santa Clause is Coming to Town.\ Christmas Movie Score 8.5/10 Overall Movie Score 8/10 Recommended
This is the best of the Rankin-Bass animated holiday specials, much more entertaining than Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which is much better known. The songs are catchier, the invented story elements less silly and more pertinent, and the vocal performances more accomplished. That's not to say it's perfect. The story is less silly than Rudolph, but it's still pretty silly in spots. Some of the appeal of this is a campy quality that applies to all of these shows. But the songs in this are catchy and memorable, much more so than the other shows. I think it's a shame that this <more>
has been relegated to minor cable showings while Rudolph still gets a network showcase every year.
My favorite of the old Christmas Specials (by magellan333)
In 2004 I started watching all the old specials from the 60s and 70s for the first time. So far I have seen, Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without a Santa Clause and Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town has been my favorite thus far. The origins of Santa Clause are cleverly explained as methods Kris Kringle used to undermine the mean dictator, Burgermeister Meisterburger. Not only are the origins of Santa Clause explained, but also Old Man Winter. The piece is somewhat dated. The animation definitely has some 1970s flavor along with Kris Kringles hair <more>
do. This is a fun and feel good special that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is a 1970 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The film stars Fred Astaire as the narrator S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus, Keenan Wynn as the Winter Warlock, and Paul Frees in various roles. The film tells the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. It is based on the hit Christmas song of the same name, which was introduced on radio by Eddie Cantor in 1934, and the story of Saint Nicholas.This special is a classic. Some images have <more>
now been cut because of various stupid reasons.This is still a cartoon that everyone will enjoy. If you have not seen it in years you should.This film is solid storytelling. There is never a dull moment. BUY the DVD. Its worth seeing the original unedited version.
Best of the Christmas Specials (by GrigoriArkadin)
Speaking as someone who has watched it every year since it's premier, this one has really held up well in the past 35 years. As many have said, it's a good story with good songs except Jessica's and good performances, and those qualities are certainly enough to recommend it. However, I've always appreciated it for two other reasons.The first is that it sidesteps the entire Santa vs. Jesus issue by simply saying that once Kris started delivering toys worldwide, he had to limit his trip to one night a year and decided Christmas was the most appropriate day of the year as it is <more>
"..the Holiest night of year. A night of profound love." Quite beautiful I think, for an animated Christmas special, and brilliantly associates Santa with Christmas without suggesting Christmas is about Santa. It gives deference to the holiday's true origin while not being overly preachy. It always bugged me in Rudolph where Santa states that due to the storm they'll "have to cancel Christmas". Of course, Christmas isn't canceled just because Santa can't make it. Other specials make no mention of the religious connotations of the Holiday, which is disingenuous I think.The other unique characteristic of this special is how Santa is portrayed as the embodiment of generosity, a positive outlook, a cheery disposition and absolute love for and faith in humanity. Of course Santa is those things in our imagination, but mostly is portrayed as a prickly curmudgeon in movies and Christmas specials. As if he's been beaten down by trying to bring merriment to this miserable world. In Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa is easily convinced that nobody has any Christmas spirit left and therefore he's not going to bother to go out this year. To Hell with those little kids who look forward to Christmas all year. He's going to take a vacation. The Santa of Rudolph is annoyed by the elves singing, endorses the little reindeer's ostracism and seems sullen and stressed by the Christmas Eve preparations. The more recent "Elf" with Will Ferrel cast Ed Asner as Santa precisely for his gruff persona.Santa Claus is Coming to Town is certainly not flawless, but truly stands out among its peers.