Sunday, December 12, 2010

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

In the days before Pixar, there was Rankin Bass. They produced Christmas shows on TV when I was a kid, and I'd rather watch those than some of the shows they've got on now for kids. The characters are sort of a cartoon-puppet hybrid. Compared to today's animation technology, this is pretty basic stuff, but isn't any less entertaining.

One of my favorites of the Rankin Bass productions is Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The Burgermeister is a good villian, and the little penguin a good sidekick for Kris Kringle, who is voiced by the late Mickey Rooney. Mrs. Claus starts out as Jessica, the school teacher, and she plumps up quite nicely by later in the show when she takes on her new role. And who doesn't love the Winter Warlock, who melts into a nice guy with just a little magic left to make reindeer fly. As with my favorite holiday movie Holiday Inn, this one features Fred Astaire, although in a different form than in the film. But they got his long chin just right:


Lou said...

It is a wonderful special though it is second to Charlie Brown.

Jen said...

I remember this one! I loved it! My fave was Rudolph, though - I loved being scared by the snow monster. I also loved Clarissa, and named several stuffed animals after her.

Molly Weston said...

Thanks for the holiday memories! Have a great one.