The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus


The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus

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A puppet-animation feature, noted for artistic values and story line, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is based on a children's story by L. Frank Baum. In the Pagan tale, Santa grows old and nearer to his death, and the story of his life is relayed to immortals who must decide whether or not Santa Claus should be one of those who gets to live forever. Thus, the way Santa came to represent Christmas is explained from the time he was taken in as an orphan by the gods through the time he decided to make it his life's work to bring happiness to children by making and bringing them toys.


Earl Hammond
as Santa Claus
Earle Hyman
as King Awgwa
Lynne Lipton
as Queen Zurline
Peter Newman
as Peter Nook/Awgwa
Alfred Drake
as The Great Ak
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Critic Reviews for The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (3)

  • It badly botches what a Christmas special should be, and is worth watching mainly for unintentional laughs.

    Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    AV Club Staff

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Mr. Baum's peculiar vision can be filled with all sorts of deliciously scarifying elements, but the underlying theme is unfailingly comforting.

    Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Lacks the lighthearted charm of the earlier specials, but makes up for it in its tight plot and the best Animagic the studio ever did.

    Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is something like Rankin/Bass's fifth attempt to tell the back-story of the jolly old elf. But there's something so pleasingly goofy about Santa wandering into scenes that might as well be ripped from the pages of Marvel Comics.

    Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's Rankin/Bass doing high fantasy in ways they never did before, the stop-motion is smooth and gorgeous, and it's worth seeking out just for how strange it is.

    Dec 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The special is peppered with dazzling characters courtesy of Baum's highly inventive imagination, coupled with terrific stop-motion animation that brings the marvelous characters to life in extraordinary ways.

    Dec 5, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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