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Santa Claus Is Comin to Town (Full Screen) (2007)

Fred Astaire , Mickey Rooney , Arthur Rankin Jr. , Jules Bass  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner
  • Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Writers: Romeo Muller
  • Producers: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Classic Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000R7G6KO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,535 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Santa Claus Is Comin to Town (Full Screen)" on IMDb

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Where does Santa’s suit come from? Why does he slide down the chimney? Why does he live at the North Pole? The answers to all these questions and the origins of our favorite holiday traditions are revealed in this delightful classic about Kris Kringle, the world’s most famous gift giver.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Christmas movies October 10, 2000
By Jim Jr
Format:VHS Tape
First, let's clear up one fact, this is NOT Claymation.It is STOP MOTION animation. Claymation has figures made of clay that are filmed one frame at a time. Stop motion has 3 dimentional puppets that are animated one frame at a time like the Ray Harryhousen figures in King Kong, Jason and the Argonaughts etc. There is a vast differance in the techniques.
This fact aside, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" is the very best of the wonderful Rankin/Bass specials. The designer for the series of holiday specials, Paul Coker, has done an exceptional job with these delightful wooden and plastic creations. We see Kris Kringle develope from a foundling baby to the Santa figure so well known today. Each stage of his development is wonderful. But then, each of the characters is designed and executed perfectly. Watch the delightful changes of the Winter Worlock from mean and evil to mellow and fun.
All the animation is smooth and precise giving the excellent illusion that these figures are actually alive.
The songs are excellent, from the familiar "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" to the lovely "My World Is Beginning Today" sung by Jessica, the future Mrs. Santa. (For some strange reason, this delightful song is often cut when this production is shown on TV, luckily it is included in the tape.)
The script couldn't be better giving explanations for most of the Santa legends such as how he got his name, how reindeer can fly, why he comes down chimneys and fills stockings. It can make a believer out of even Ebenezer Scrooge.
This has been my absolute favorite Christmas video since I first saw it many years ago on TV. It was one of the reasons I bought my first VCR so I could make a tape of it before it was commercially available. I even have an old LP recording of the complete show. So, do I recommend it, the answer is a resounding YES!!!!!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC! November 26, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" (Rankin/Bass Productions, 1970) is a true Christmas classic. A quintessential "animagic" or "clay-mation" production, it features the talents of Fred Astaire (who narrates the story as postman Special Delivery Kluger), Mickey Rooney (Kris Kringle), Keenan Wynn (Winter Warlock), and Paul Frees (Burgermeister Meisterburger). Frees is absolutely brilliant as the voice of the Burgermeister of the village of Sombertown, which presumably is in Scandinavia. In brief, the film explains the origins of various aspects of the legend of Santa Claus through an original story. People of all ages will enjoy "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." Children will love the animation and the story. The rest of us appreciate that as well as the hilarious moments when Kris Kringle expresses surprise (watch his eyes swell to giant coal-black circles!). For anyone who grew up in the 1970s or 1980s, this is a gem of the pop culture of our time. It's highly recommended for anyone who has enjoyed other Rankin/Bass classics such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "The Little Drummer Boy."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Santa Claus comes to Blu-ray November 27, 2011
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town came to ABC first in 1970, when Rankin/Bass was firing on all cylinders. The visual difference between this production and that of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is considerable, especially with regard to the immense, detailed sets and more intricate characters, designed by Paul Coker, Jr. Yes, there is the same animation "on two's and three's" as well as a few modest effects, but everything clicks within the brisk 51 minutes, none of which seem padded.

When I asked him to name a favorite special (in The Cartoon Music Book) Musical director/composer Maury Laws called this his favorite, because he thought every element was perfect, from the cast to the script to the overall feel. Fred Astaire proved added another dimension to his legendary career as one of the best narrators in any special. Mickey Rooney's bravado was ideal for the young Kris Kringle. Keenan Wynn's Winter Warlock was memorable (especially when he gets the choo-choo). And our beloved Robie Lester (read Mouse Tracks for more about her) was the show-stopper when, as Jessica, she undid the proverbial bun and belted out her solo, a great tune in a score that hasn't a dud in the bunch (though sadly, in today's more creepy times, "Be Prepared to Pay" may seem to take on an odd -- thoroughly unintentional -- connotation).

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town is so spectacular that it's the visual crown jewel in the trilogy with Rudolph and Frosty. And sure, it adds yet another set of myths to confuse those trying to figure out the origin of Santa.

In this case, the story springs from the mind of writer Romeo Muller, but I wonder if, like Rudolph, this special contains a nod to its cultural context.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The secrets of Santa revealed December 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This wonderful 1970 video, using stop-motion animation, tells the story of Santa Claus in a most delightful way. The story is narrated by Fred Astaire, with character voices by Keenan Wynn and Mickey Rooney. The music is marvelous and the story is enchanting. It answers the burning questions we all have about Santa. Why is he called Kris Kringle? Why does he wear a red suit and have whiskers? How did he meet Mrs. Klaus? How did he come to bring toys to children by going down the chimey and why is his workshop at the North Pole? What is the origin of Christmas trees and how do reindeer fly?
All these great mysteries are revealed in this magical tale about Christmas' most famous and beloved figure. It follows his life from the time he was an infant all the way to the jolly and rotund fellow we know and love today.
This charming story is an excellent addition to any child's holiday collection. I rate it a 10/10. It is one of my favorite Christmas shorts and it is perfect for children from two to ninety two years old.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and boring
I adore Christmas cartoons and animated shows. I grew up on several. Somehow, I always missed this one growing up. Now I know why, it's extremely slow and boring. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Angela Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas memories.
It is a great movie. It was done by a stop motion company in Japan and they did a great job. I love all the songs.
Published 2 days ago by Lyle K Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
dvd arrived on time and as advertised
Published 17 days ago by JOHN CUMMINS
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 1 month ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars We like the movie
Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney...what's not to like? We bought this to replace the video tape.
Published 2 months ago by Eugene A. Apicella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Classic
Christmas Classic to Own!
Published 2 months ago by TV Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Kids love this movie!
Published 4 months ago by S. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Christmas Movie!
This is a Christmas movie that has been lost through the years. This Christmas movie is all about Kris Kringle as a child and how he became Santa Claus. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MommaD
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
It's nice to have some of the classic Christmas shows on hand during the holiday season. It's one of our favorites!.
Published 6 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
When I was a kid I always enjoyed these movies at time of christmas.....feels like time is back ....without black and white of course...
Published 8 months ago by J. Pasco
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