Movie Review- Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)
December 8, 2020
On Friday, November 27, 2020, ABC stations aired the Christmas classic movie/TV show Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the movie so it was very special and important for me to see it. Since I’m focusing on reviewing Christmas movies this Blogmas, I decided to write a review of the TV broadcast version of the movie.The movie is a stop motion film in the same artistic style as Rodolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It stars Fred Astaire as the Narrator, S.D. Kluger, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, and Robie Lester as Jessica/Mrs. Claus. In addition to them, the movie also stars Keenan Wynn and Paul Frees. Since it is a stop motion film, they provide the voices for each character instead of making a physical appearance in the film.
The movie is about the story of Kris Kringle, an orphan who is adopted by a family of elves as a baby, and how he grows up to become Santa Claus. The movie also explains how he became a toy maker, how he met his wife, and other parts of the Santa Claus legend, including why Santa Claus uses chimneys to get into the house to deliver toys.
I really love the movie. The movie will be really great for children and families. I love the broadcast version of the movie more than the version on DVD because the broadcast version removes some scenes that can be more controversial for viewers in 2020 than in 1970. The DVD version of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town normally includes these scenes, so it would be best to watch the DVD version of the movie before showing it to children.