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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/The Little Drummer Boy
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/The Little Drummer Boy
Actors: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner
Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Takeya Nakamura
Genres: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
NR     2002     1hr 25min

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town — This 53-minute, 1970 animated film may be the most delightful of those sundry, stop-motion animated Christmas perennials that show up on television during the holidays. The clay animation pro...  more »


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Actors: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner
Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Takeya Nakamura
Creators: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Irwin Goldress, Romeo Muller
Genres: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, 3-6 Years, 7-9 Years, Music & Arts, Christmas, Animation, Kids & Family, Classic TV, Musicals, Animation
Studio: Classic Media
Format: DVD - Color - Dubbed
DVD Release Date: 09/24/2002
Original Release Date: 12/14/1970
Theatrical Release Date: 12/14/1970
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish, Spanish
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Movie Reviews

Yipee!! Two favorite Rankin/Bass Christmas specials on DVD
Zack Davisson | Seattle, WA, USA | 08/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am so pleased to see these two Christmas specials packaged on one disk. What a great holiday treat. "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" is an animagic classic. Fred Astaire pulls up the holiday express to narrate the story of young Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney)and the children of Sombertown, and the story of how Kris became known as Santa Claus. Kris meets the evil Winter Warlock and melts his icy heart. The Burgermeister Meisterburger will not be so easy. This is a true holiday treat, and covers all of the familiar ground. Why do reindeer fly? Why does Santa climb down chimneys and leave toys in stockings? Why does he wear a beard and red clothing? How does he know if you've are sleeping, know if your awake? And what is Mrs.. Claus name, anyways? Find out in this DVD."The Little Drummer Boy" is based on one of my favorite holiday tunes. Aaron, the little drummer boy, is filled with hatred for all people. His parents have been murdered and his home burned to the ground. However, his gift for drumming enchants the animals and they dance about when he plays. Based on this talent, he falls in with a bad crowd when he meets Ben Haramed, the King of the Desert Showmen. How do things turn out for Aaron? Listen to the song, and watch the DVD. Bah-rump-bum-bum-bummmm."
Quite the classic
silver | Dallas, Texas United States | 11/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The old, separate, VHS versions of these two holiday movies were what I watched when I was in the single digits, and now they're better than ever on a timeless DVD. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a humorous new twist on the entire life of one Santa Claus, and is worth the viewing for kids and adults alike.Me, though, I bought the DVD for the Little Drummer Boy, which is what I think is one of the best Christmas movies, EVER. Hands down.So, come on down, and spend a little money on a couple mini-movies that have already survived for decades and are sure to last for many more to come."
Wonderful DVD transfer + "Little Drummer Boy"
Jim Jr | Buffalo, NY United States | 09/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In a previous review of the tape version of this wonderful Christmas show, I told all the reasons this is my favorite holiday show. Now it has been released on DVD in a wonderful remastered version. I won't repeat all the great things about the story and delightful songs, but will comment on the wonderful DVD transfer. The picture is excellent, crystal clear with deep rich colors. The sound is excellent. A viewer can now appreciate the details of the puppets and sets more than on the tape version.A bonus for the DVD over the tape is that "Little Drummer Boy" is included on the disk. While it is stated on the case that this is a remastered version, the color and picture are not as sharp as in the remastered "Santa". However it is much better than the tape version. The two commercial tapes I have of this production do not have really sharp pictures and the color is a bit washed out. On the DVD, the color is better than the tape, but not as good as might be wanted. Since both the tape and the DVD pictures are not the best quality, I suspect that there is no longer a really top notch master available from which to make the tapes and DVDs. Even with the less than perfect pictrure, it is still a great show. Even if you have these two stories on tape, the DVD is the version to have. Getting the two productions on a single disk is a definite plus."
I Love These Rankin and Bass Christmas Specials!
silver | 10/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I watched these Rankin and Bass Christmas productions on TV when I was a child and I loved them, I especially like The Little Drummer Boy which is narrated by Greer Garson and is a beautiful heart-stirring story about the true meaning of Christmas! Santa Claus is Coming to Town is good too about how this boy grew up to became Santa Claus and I highly recommend this DVD set!"