Santa Claus is Coming to Town brings back great memories. I remember the Burgermeister slipping on a toy and breaking his leg...a baby being left on the doorstep of the Burgermeister who sends the infant to the orphan asylum...Tante Kringle adopting the baby...
Kris Kringle carrying a sac of "forbidden" toys to the children of Sombertown...the Burgermeister soldiers wearing World War I era helmets...Jessica, with her bright red hair and doe-like eyes, singing in the town square...the Winter Warlock "taking one step in front of the other"...the Burgermeister's heart melting after Kris Kringle brings him a yo-yo.
Here are ten facts you may not know about the TV show Santa Claus is Coming to Town:
- the TV show was based on a song first performed by Eddie Cantor on the radio in 1934 (http://alinefromlinda.blogspot.ca/2015/12/james-gillespies-santa-claus-is-coming.html)
- when the TV show airs on ABC today it's usually edited to fit into the one hour time slot; the songs "My World is Beginning Today" and "If You Sit on My Lap Today" are cut
- when the TV show airs on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) disturbing scenes for children are cut like the Burgermeister burning the children's toys
- Rudolph is not heavily featured in the story since he is so big, he merits his own TV show
- Alvin & the Chipmunks made a remake of the song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
- first released in 1970, Santa Claus is Coming to Town stars Fred Astaire as the narrator, Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle and Keenan Wynn as the Winter Warlock
- the TV show was created in Japan using stop motion animation called "Animagic"
- all the characters are made out of wood and plastic
- two of the songs on the TV show are performed by the Westminster Children's Choir (Santa Claus is Coming to Town; If You Sit on My Lap Today)
- Burgermeister's full name is Burgermeister Meisterburger which means Town Mayor Master Citizen in German