Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

1970 NR 0h 51m DVD

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

1970 NR 0h 51m DVD
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Hollywood legends Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney lend their voices to this holiday classic shot in charming stop-motion animation. A friendly postman (Astaire) tells the story of Kris Kringle (Rooney), an orphan taken in by a family of toymakers. Despite the grouchy protests of Burgermeister Meisterburger (Paul Frees) and the Winter Warlock (Keenan Wynn), Kringle decides to bring some yuletide joy to the children of Sombertown.
Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, Robie Lester, Andrea Sacino, Dina Lynn, Gary White
Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic holiday movie is a must-see for families. The story is filled with cheery messages about caring for others and sharing our gifts, with a little touch of empowerment by way of Kris's determination to do the right thing, even when it means arguing with a mean and misguided mayor. Parents and kids alike will delight in the story's take on how established Christmas traditions (Santa's red suit, gifts under a tree, and the date of Christmas itself) came to be. There are some tense moments between Kris and Winter before the holiday spirit warms the warlock's heart, but only your littlest tots might be temporarily frightened by them.

Sexual Content

One quick kiss between Kris and his wife.


No violence, but Winter starts out as a curmudgeonly and occasionally menacing-looking character before softening into a kind-hearted friend.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The story's themes include kindness, generosity, and sensitivity to others' needs. A villain experiences of a change of heart when he's on the receiving end of a kind act, and, despite a few pitfalls, the deserving heroes prevail to spread joy and happiness.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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