Pros: Classic. Expertly created. Funny. Heart-warming
Cons: Not long enough
Yes, ginnie girl there is a man named Kris Kringle, who later takes the birth name he was given, Santa Clause when he marries a beautiful girl named Jessica in the woods near the old town. This one is a real collector. Rankin Bass, a collaborative effort of Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass for nearly two decades these two served the holiday entertainment business with quality.
They delivered a miracle good stop-action animated claymation masterpiece with Santa Clause is Coming to Town. It is my favorite of these holiday shows that were cranked out between late 1960’s and late 1970’s, this one written by Romeo Muller airing December 14th, 1970 in the USA.
The voice of Jessica is the beautiful late one of Robie Lester, or Roby Charmandy who left us on June 14th 2005 who in my opinion makes the best ‘mrs. Clause’. The voice of Kris Kringle, or Santa Clause is Mickey Rooney and of course Fred Astaire is the voice behind the mailman who tells us the whole story. He makes his deliveries to the North Pole and to the big screen in 1970 specifically Santa Clause‘s magic castle, the largest toy factory a few miles from the infamous Sombretown with humorous grace. He narrates the entire story of Santa, from adoption by a family of elves to becoming a very chubby senior citizen with the love of his life standing beside him to hand out presents every year as long as everyone believes.
Not being without song or dance, Astaire gives us a whirl through snow mounds and heavy snowfall laden branches off tress that house birds, chipmunks and squirrels. His sleigh mail truck glides in and around twisting turns of very cold but pleasant-looking snow. The creatures lend an exciting extra because they communicate with Kris, especially the seals who teach him to laugh a real genuine satisfied laugh.
The animation Kris Kringle giving Jessica the china doll was a classic moment, oh but what gets me is seeing my favorite actor Mickey Rooney play Kris and fall into song by mere enjoyment of singing. A happy guy as Santa is supposed to be, Rooney is perfect for the part and great fun to watch especially in character such as this.
There are two scenes that brings tears to my eyes every single year, or no matter when I watch it--the ceremony in the woods where no church ever looked finer and the very end choosing the very holiest night of the year. I am pretty certain it will stir up an emotion or two for you as well. The music hails peace and love and good will always no matter how difficult it seems to get that feeling across to someone else.
Not just gift-giving but spirit lending . . .
Currently it is ranked by IMDb as up to 102% in popularity due to the time of year and the classic story involved. It is not just about the receiving or giving of presents, or kids being bad or good, or reindeer flying--it is about the news of christs birth which makes for the holiest night of the year based on a biblical approach to this animated story of the present giver and his beautiful wife.
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