Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Rankin/Bass Productions (1970)

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is a 1970 stop motion Christmas 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 “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”, which was introduced on radio by¬†Eddie Cantor¬†in 1934, and the story of¬†Saint Nicholas.

The special was created using Japanese stop motion animation called “Animagic”, in which all the characters are made out of wood and plastic and animated via¬†stop-motion photography.¬†

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