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Life & Adventures of Santa Claus [VHS] [Import]

4.0 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: Sept. 26 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6301760344
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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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Got this DVD solely for "Life and Adventures." Haven't even watched Nestor and probably never will. "Life and Adventures" is a very well-made stop animation with great character designs and imagery. The story was based on the book by Frank L. Baum, who brought the world the Wizard of Oz, and it easily stands head and antlers above all the other commercially-friendly Christmas children's programming out there.

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).
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I saw this video as a child and loved it. Before those people who complain about it being too 'Pagan' or too 'weird' or whatever, I was raised a Baptist, and Christmas to me was special because of the religious meanings, but also because of the fairy tales and imagination it could inspire. The idea of Santa Claus in this story, is someone who does good in the world. This story lets you imagine. It shows you that Santa Claus is truly altruistic and a good person who gives all he can. Above all, it's a great story, religion or no religion. It's only weird to those hung up on pushing their thoughts on others and trying to force their child to think like them. They often forget children have minds that are limitless with imagination. Anyways, it's a great feel good movie!
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When my father told me that I could get this movie, I jumped for joy! I had worn out my copy that he taped for me when I was a child. You know that happens when you watch a tape 15 thousands times. I was fascinated with the movie the first time I watched it. Now I understand people may be worried that a Christian child may want to move away to the "Laughing Valley of Ho Hi Ho" But as long as an adult will sit there and explain to the child that the story is only pretend. The child will soon understand that it is only pretend. I would recommend this movie to any family. I believe any child will fall in love with it. It will teach them to use their imagination and in this day and time the youth of today need to use their imagination more.
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This was and always will be my favorite Christmas movie. I love most all of the Rankin/Bass stuff. I was greatly saddened when I lost my copy of this tape, along with The Hobbit (on the same tape) in a house fire. I thought I was the only one that had heard of it. My brother and I watched this over and over from the first time it aired, in 1985, until we were well into our teens. In fact, I still break this one out even when it's not Christmas. The story line and the music are classic, as well as some of the neat names (I named my kitty Necile after Claus' "mother"), and as always the stop animation is just beautiful. You could not go wrong buying this if you remembered it from your childhood, or if you are simply curious.
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With all of the other DVDs of the old Rankin & Bass shows that are out, you'd think they would have found room for this one by now, but noooo...
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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I remember watching this every year as a little girl along with Rudolph and Frosty. This film is different then the traditional story of Santa Claus, with the use of the "Immortals".It offers a explaination for why Santa is still living after hundreds of years. Based on the book by the same name it remains true to the spirit of "Santa Claus". Some of the imagery may seem pagan, however Christmas it's self is actually a pagan holiday. Thus I don't see the problem. I woueld suggest that parents not allow very young children (6 or less) to view, as there are some scarry moments. Overall a wonderful film, albit hard to get a hold of.
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