Santa and the Three Bears
|Santa and the Three Bears|
|Directed by||Tony Benedict
Barry Mahon (live-action sequences)
|Produced by||Tony Benedict
|Written by||Tony Benedict|
Jean Vander Pyl
|Music by||Joe Leahy|
|Edited by||Milton Krear|
|Release date(s)||7 November 1970 (USA)|
|Running time||46 min.|
Santa and the Three Bears is a 1970 animated featurette, which aired on television regularly during the holiday season. It was later released on video in 1992 by Kids Klassics and distributed by GoodTimes Home Video in the VHS format.
Originally this 46 minute feature contained live-action sequences that ran for 2 minutes at the beginning of the film, and 2 minutes at the end. These live-action sequences featured the park ranger and his two young grandchildren sitting by the fireplace and Christmas tree, and a short montage of mechanical toys, Christmas decorations, and a pet kitten during the opening and closing credits. Since 1992 VHS and DVD releases of this feature have edited out all of the live-action footage, and the opening credit sequence has been re-edited over animation.
The film was originally pitched to TV networks, who rejected it as it lacked a villain, but was then shown in theatres instead.
Two young bears, Nikomi and Chinook, know nothing of Christmas until the local park ranger tells them about the legend, and they become curious to meet Santa Claus. Their mother, Nana, is preparing for Winter hibernation and cynically tells her children that there is no Santa, but they are determined to believe. Mother finds it impossible to begin their sleep, since the young cubs wish to stay awake until Santa arrives.
- Hal Smith as Grandfather/Santa/Mr. Ranger
- Jean Vander Pyl (credited as Jean van der Pyl) as Nana
- Christina Ferra-Gilmore (credited as Annette Ferra) as Nikomi
- Bobby Riha as Chinook
- Joyce Taylor
- Ken Engels
- Beth Goldfarb as Beth
- Brian Hobbs as Brian
- Lenard Keith
- Kathy Lemmon
- Roxanne Poole
- Michael Rodriguez
- This film appeared on a Christmas compilation video released in the UK called The Biggest Ever Christmas Video along with Huxley Pig, Nellie the Elephant, The Care Bears, Mr Men, SuperTed, Paddington Bear, Babar and three other Christmas films. The art director / production designer is artist Walt Peregoy.
- This film is currently in Public Domain and currently available on DVD and on Netflix's Instant Stream service
- Santa and the Three Bears at the Internet Movie Database
- Santa and the Three Bears is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- Santa and the Three Bears at the Big Cartoon DataBase
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