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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (TV Movie 1970) Poster

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Fred Astaire returned as postman "S. D. Kluger" in the 1977 Rankin/Bass holiday special, The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town (1977).
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The drawing of the king in Tanta Kringle's book, the doctor that treats the Burgermeister after he trips on the toy, and the father of the family that has their toys left in stockings are all the same puppet, complete with diamond-shaped eyeglasses.
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During the scene where Kris gets captured by the trees, for 3 frames a man's arm and a flashbulb could be seen right when the flash occurs, before the winter warlock appears. This was fixed on later broadcasts and DVD releases.
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Mickey Rooney would later reprise his role of Santa Claus in two other Rankin-Bass specials, The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979), and the sequel to 'Year without a Santa Claus', A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008).
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There were fewer commercials on network television when this special was made. When shown recently on ABC and ABC Family, sometimes the special is edited in order to accommodate more commercials. In the ABC version, the songs "If you Sit on My Lap Today" and "My World is Beginning Today" are cut, while the ABC Family version cuts out scenes that may be traumatizing for younger viewers, most notably the scene where Burgermeister Meisterburger burns all of the toys belonging to the children of Sombertown.
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The story is set in Germany and all of the characters are necessarily Germans but only the evil characters actually speak with German accents or have stereotypical German mannerisms. The other characters are depicted as being essentially Americans.
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In the shooting script, the penguin's name was Topper and that was his name in the original broadcast. In some later broadcast versions, the penguin's name was changed to Waddles for unknown reasons. Current broadcasts and all home video releases have reverted the name back to Topper.
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When the children are naming off Santa's reindeer, one of them refers to Blitzen as "Blitster". This was not corrected to make dialogue more endearing since young children often mispronounce words.
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The S.D. stand for Special Delivery Kluger.
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Mickey Rooney returned to voice Santa Claus in the 1974 Rankin/Bass special, The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974). Shirley Booth voiced Mrs. Claus in the latter.
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A Burgermeister is chairman of the executive council (or cabinet) in many towns and cities in Germany.
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Kris Kringle says his first line after the first eight minutes of the program.
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