Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)



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The story of how Santa Claus came to be is brought to life through the magic of stop-motion animation in this Christmas-themed production for the family. A friendly postman (voiced by Fred Astaire) explains how friendly Kris Kringle (voice of Mickey Rooney), a foundling taken in by a family of toymakers, took it upon himself to bring some happiness to the children of Sombertown, despite the grumpy opposition of Burgermeister Meisterburger (voice of Paul Frees) and the Winter Warlock (voice of Keenan Wynn). Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town was directed and produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr., who created another popular animated story of the season, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

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Mickey Rooney
as Kris Kringle
Keenan Wynn
as Winter Worlock
Joan Gardner
as Jessica
Paul H. Frees
as Burgermeister Meisterburger
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Critic Reviews for Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

Rather than a pure retelling, it became a unique modern version amongst other historical folklore. A modern fairytale of sorts.

November 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Two of these, ''Santa Claus is Comin' to Town'' and ''The Year Without a Santa Claus,'' [are] both giddy and delightful.

November 26, 2018 | Full Review…

This origin story for Santa Claus has all the elements that have made their productions perennial favorites every holiday season, including Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney as the kindly narrator and a young Kris Kringle.

November 26, 2018 | Full Review…

This special is more in line with the light-hearted cheeriness one would expect when talking about elves and an immortal toymaker.

November 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town is your standard non-denominational origin story. A family of elves, fondness for children, deep and abiding love for wooden toys - this is pretty festive stuff.

November 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Filled with fun ideas and intricate wood-figure animation, Santa Claus might be the Rankin-Bass high-water mark.

November 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

A really wonderful Christmas special from Rankin and Bass. I kind of wish I had these growing up, but I'm glad they are still around today. Fred Astaire plays a mailman that decides to educate us about the origins of Santa Claus. This was done in a very original way, and handled a lot of the traditions in a way I hadn't heard before. In the town of Somber, toys are outlawed. Enter Kris Kringle, a man raised by Elves that love to make toys and have no way of delivering them. We are introduced to some wonderful chaarcters, such as The Winter Warlock and Topper the lost penguin. The songs aren't as memorable as other specials, but the film has so much creativity and charm that I was taken in by it all. Will certainly be promoted to my yearly watchings.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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A fantastic film from the minds of Rankin Bass that is very creative and has great plot, characters, comedy, songs, and animation, and one more thing BURGERMEISTER MEISTERBURGER, that is all

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


A true Christmas classic and a holiday season "must-watch" at my house. I'm not sure how many times I've seen it, but I know the words to EVERY song in it. (ho ho ho)

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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