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      The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus

      TV-G 1985 49m Fantasy Holiday Kids & Family List
      63% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 63% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Immortals adopt a mortal baby, who later returns to Earth to make children happy. Read More Read Less

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      AV Club Staff AV Club It badly botches what a Christmas special should be, and is worth watching mainly for unintentional laughs. Dec 6, 2018 Full Review Emily St. James Vox This is something like Rankin/Bass's fifth attempt to tell the back-story of the jolly old elf. But there's something so pleasingly goofy about Santa wandering into scenes that might as well be ripped from the pages of Marvel Comics. Dec 6, 2018 Full Review John J. O'Connor New York Times Mr. Baum's peculiar vision can be filled with all sorts of deliciously scarifying elements, but the underlying theme is unfailingly comforting. Dec 5, 2018 Full Review Ryan Voyles Paste Magazine Lacks the lighthearted charm of the earlier specials, but makes up for it in its tight plot and the best Animagic the studio ever did. Dec 6, 2018 Full Review Matthew Jackson Syfy Wire It's Rankin/Bass doing high fantasy in ways they never did before, the stop-motion is smooth and gorgeous, and it's worth seeking out just for how strange it is. Dec 6, 2018 Full Review R.L. Shaffer IGN Movies The special is peppered with dazzling characters courtesy of Baum's highly inventive imagination, coupled with terrific stop-motion animation that brings the marvelous characters to life in extraordinary ways. Rated: 8/10 Dec 6, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      John C Truly stands out as a less traditional Christmas story. Phenomenal voice work and a really engaging story Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/11/23 Full Review Jack's A It has interesting characters and story, and if you like horror movies like me, you'll definitely love some parts of this special Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Uhm. Wtf did I just watch? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member What a fantastic interpretation of Santa's origin! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member My favorite Christmas special Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review alec b never seen the story of santa clause presented this way. very different and strange but i like it because l frank originally created this story Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Immortals adopt a mortal baby, who later returns to Earth to make children happy.
      Director
      Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
      Producer
      Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
      Screenwriter
      Jules Bass, L. Frank Baum
      Rating
      TV-G
      Genre
      Fantasy, Holiday, Kids & Family
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      49m