Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“I hate toys! And toys hate me! Either they are going or I am going! And I am certainly not going, Grimsley.” – Burgermeister Meisterburger

Number of Times Seen – A few times (Numerous times on Tv in the 70’s and 80’s and 24 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A typical mailman tells the origin story of Santa Clause.

Bottom Line – Great holiday classic that despite using stop motion animation, is able to get the holiday spirit across. The story stays informative and educational as it unfolds in some very intriguing ways. The way that this story unfolds is great because they find a way to include known information about Santa Claus while also adding new information at the same time. Great voice cast including Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire and Keenan Wynn. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The story is set in Germany and all of the characters are necessarily Germans but for the most part it’s only the evil characters who actually speak with German accents or have “German” mannerisms. (Tante Kringle is the only nice character who speaks with a German accent.) Metaphorically, the Burgermeister and his goons are Nazis, burning anything they consider nonconformist. The depictions of other characters, including Kris, Jessica, the little Kringles, and the children, are essentially Americans. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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