Classic Rankin / Bass Christmas Movie Now Streaming On Peacock
Christmas is only a few days away, but there is still plenty of time to watch an all-time classic holiday movie. The Beloved Rankin / Bass Christmas Classic Santa Claus is coming to town is now streaming on Peacock for fans young and old to enjoy as part of their holiday entertainment.
First release on Sunday December 13, 1970 on ABC, Santa Claus is coming to town is a stop motion TV special that was produced by Rankin / Bass Productions – the same company behind the iconic Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. The film features the voices of Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Robie Lester, Joan Gardner and Paul Frees and is based on the Christmas song “Santa Claus Is Comin ‘to Town” written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie for Leo Feist, Inc. The film was created using Japanese stop motion animation “Animagic”.
The film chronicles how Santa Claus and a number of traditions related to Santa Claus came into being, effectively giving Santa his origin story. In the tale, viewers follow the arrival of a baby with a tag with the name “Claus” on the doorstep of the moody Burgermeister Meisterburger in the dark town of Sombertown who takes the baby to an orphanage. Before he can reach said orphanage, however, the baby ends up being taken in by the Kringle elf family who adopt him and name him Kris. Kris eventually grows up and continues to deliver trailers to Sombertown, prompting her journey to the Santa we all know and love.
The beloved film has been a vacation staple for over 50 years, having aired over the years on ABC. In reality, Santa Claus is coming to town has aired on ABC once this holiday season, in November, but will also air on ABC once more before Christmas. In addition to the streaming on Peacock, the show will air Thursday, December 23 on ABC at 8 / 7c. You will want to check your local listings.
You can check out the full list of everything coming to the streaming services this month, including Christmas and non-Christmas rates, here.
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