Thursday 8 December 2016

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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 (
  • 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

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