Animated Christmas 3

Re-Run Theater present another edition of ANIMATED CHRISTMAS films.

The first half will be comprised of rare, short 16mm films, including the somber Will Vinton claymation tale “A Christmas Gift”, the beautiful and colorful “Snowy Day” and a quite vintage 1951 adaptation of the commonly told parable “The Littlest Angel.”

After that we will feature the 50 minute Rankin & Bass Santa Claus origin story that only aired once.  Everyone knows about ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ but this was an alternate legend penned by none other than L. Frank Baum titled “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” !  From the mind that brought us the wonderful world of Oz, a dark, almost pagan Christmas special of where Kris Kringle came from and how he became an immortal that lives at the North Pole making holiday presents with the help of Elves.  Using the same stop motion “puppet” animation that made their other specials so enduring, this must be experienced to be believed.

This show is suitable for all ages, HOWEVER, some of these films are a little darker than normal holiday fare.  Appropriate for the same audience that can handle “The Wizard of Oz” or “The Last Unicorn”.


Saturday, December 13