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Santa Claus is Comin' to Town [1970]

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Director:Arthur Rankin Jr.
Jules Bass
Writer:Romeo Muller
Composer:Maury Laws
Length:48 minutes
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Christmas
Sorting Category:Holiday
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Family
  • Stop Motion
  • Drama
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Synopsis: The origin story of Santa Claus is explained.


Reaction: Cute movie and they get rather creative in explaining why Santa does what he does.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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Arthur Rankin Jr. => Director
Jules Bass => Director
Romeo Muller => Writer
Maury Laws => Composer
Andrea Sacino => Child
Dina Lynn => Child
Fred Astaire => Narrator
Gary White => Child
Greg Thomas => Child
Joan Gardner => Tanta Kringle
Keenan Wynn => Winter
Mickey Rooney => Kris
Paul Frees => Burgermeister Meisterburger / Grimsby / Soldiers / Townsmen
Robie Lester => Jessica

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Mickey Rooney would later reprise his role of Santa Claus in two other Rankin-Bass specials, The Year Without a Santa Claus and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, and the sequel to Year without a Santa Claus, A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008).
  • In the shooting script, the penguin's name was Topper and that was his name in the original broadcast. In some later broadcast versions, the penguin's name was changed to Waddles for unknown reasons. Current broadcasts and all home video releases have reverted the name back to Topper.
  • When the children are naming off Santa's reindeer, one of them refers to Blitzen as "Blitster". This was not corrected to make dialogue more endearing since young children often mispronounce words.
  • A Burgermeister is chairman of the executive council (or cabinet) in many towns and cities in Germany.