Life & Adventures of Santa Claus [VHS] [Import]
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This bizarre, pagan take on the Santa Claus legend, which is based on a story by L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz), was produced and directed by Rankin and Bass, the reigning kings of the Christmas special (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), using their brand of puppet animation. In the forest of Burzee, the immortals gather to discuss the fate of Santa Claus. Found when he was an abandoned baby by the Great Ak (a wizard with big wooden horns on his head), the boy was named Claus because that means "little one" in the language of the forest. Raised by immortals and knowing nothing but peace and harmony, the adolescent Claus is taken on a tour of the mortal world by the Great Ak, and he discovers the world is rife with misery and injustice. This is when he decides he will dedicate his life to making kids happy, and he learns the best way to do this is to give them toys. After years of service, the immortals must decide whether or not to give him eternal life. Indeed, this is a very strange Christmas tale. --Andy Spletzer
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EDIT: Okay, I can't believe the sheer ignorance of those people complaining about this being too "pagan." You do realize that Christmas, the holiday as most know it, is 90% "pagan," right? If anything, "pagans" should be the ones complaining about their holidays being made too Christian! (By the way, "pagan" was a culturally insensitive "umbrella term" used by Christian missionaries to describe any number of different beliefs held by the indigenous people *whose land they were intruding upon*). Before 336 CE the nativity of Jesus was celebrated on March 28th (not that there is any mention of a birthdate in the new testament). It was switched to December 25th in order to make it more "popular" among cultures to whom the religion meant nothing but who celebrated their own festivities at that time, thus making it easier for the missionaries to overwrite (i.e. convert).
This was one of many actions taken to make Christianity more commercially appealing to "outside markets." Several non-Christian elements were appropriated, chiefly the Roman midwinter festival of Saturnalia (December 17-23), with its banquet, gift giving, and caroling (which in itself was inspired by Persian Mithraism, which practiced rites such as baptism thousands of years before the Christians ever did).Read more ›
Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum, creator of "The Wizard of Oz," this unique interpretation of the Santa Claus legend is a stop-motion animation film by the same people who created the classic versions of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman." Young Claus is a human child found and raised by fairies, battling monsters and finding joy in bringing gifts to children. There was a traditional animated version in 2000 which was okay, but this stop motion version is a real masterpiece if you can find it.
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In great condition; this is an old movie very few people have heard of, that we've been hunting down for years! Very excited to have found it and at a great price!Published 5 months ago by KMB
We ordered 2 movies, 1 came as an empty case and the second one had the wrong movie in the case. The cases were new and still in wrap?Published on Nov. 26 2012 by Chauvin
I remember as a child, every Christmas, watching this portrail of Santa Claus. It is a truely enchanting version that really portrays the magic of Santa Claus and how children... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by T. Frederick
This genuinely strange 1985 Rankin-Bass production (based on a little-known L. Frank Baum novel) certainly avoids most of the cliches associated with Christmas specials. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by J. Dillingham
i remembered this from my 80s childhood. i love this stop-motion stuff. this movie is a little darker than normal kid movies, which is why i liked it so much. great songs too. Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by deist
This is a charming take on the legend of Santa Claus, with good values and morals emphasized. However, parents, especially Christian, who take their religion seriously, might want... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2002
This movie is a fun watch for kids AND adults! Done in Rankin/Bass stopanimation/claymation style it looks GREAT! Read morePublished on Dec 28 2002 by Merry Hatebear