Creator/LFrankBaum's story of the origins of Santa Claus, '''''The Life and Adventures of SantaClaus''''' received two animated adaptations: A Rankin-Bass Christmas special that would be their last stop-motion Christmas project and a 2D animated film released in the year 2000 featuring [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Robby Benson]] and JimCummings playing the title character at different ages.

The Rankin Bass version utilizes the ending of the book as a framing device, where Ak, the Master Woodsman of the world, argues a case for SantaClaus to be granted immortality to a council of his peers. Both versions tell of how SantaClaus was an orphaned baby found by the immortals of the magical Forest of Burzee, being shown the unfortunate state of other human children by Ak and finding his calling of making toys. However, monsters called the Awgwas oppose Claus's efforts to bring joy to the children that they torment, leading to Ak and the immortals to intervene.
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!! These works provides examples of:
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: In the Rankin-Bass special, Peter Knook never explains why Claus is only allowed to use the reindeer to deliver toys on Christmas Eve, which causes conflict since that date means Claus only has ten days to make enough toys for the journey. In the book it's a deliberate attempt by the Knook King to sabotage Claus' efforts.
* AdaptationNameChange: The 2000 animated film changes the names of a few minor characters:
** Weekum, the first child to receive a toy from Claus, is called Ethan
** Glossie and Flossie, Claus' first two reindeer, are called Mistletoe and Holly (they're nameless in the Rankin-Bass version)
** The [[BigBad Awgwah King]] is called Mogorb (he's nameless in the book and the Rankin-Bass version)
* AltumVidetur: "Ora e Sempre (Today and Forever)," the opening musical number. ''Ora e Sempre'' literally translates to "the edge of the measured." Could be a borderline case of OminousLatinChanting.
* AnAxeToGrind: Ak's weapon of choice is a silver axe... that can apparently [[FrickinLaserBeams shoot lasers]].
* BattleDiscretionShot: While the fight with the Awgwas' allies is shown (though [[BloodlessCarnage bloodless]]), the scene cuts before we can actually see the final battle with the Awgwas themselves.
* BigGood: Ak, Master Woodsman of the World
* CanonForeigner: Tingler the Sound Imp in the Rankin Bass version and Wisk the Fairy in the 2000 animated version
* CompositeCharacter: Peter Knook in the special plays the roles of Will Knook, Peter Knook, and the Knook King from the book.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The Rankin-Bass version was finally [[http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Nestor-Christmas-Donkey-Feature/dp/B002VA5A0M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386953484&sr=8-1&keywords=the+life+and+adventures+of+santa+claus released on DVD]] in 2009 as a double-feature with ''WesternAnimatin/NestorTheLongEaredChristmasDonkey.'' While the image of ''Nestor'' is faithful to the movie, the image for ''The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus'' is obviously a scene from an entirely different Rankin-Bass special, ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown''.
* CurbStompBattle: When Santa's friends fight the massed Awgwas and monstrous allies their magic tilts the balance so far the monsters never even get a shot in.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other Rankin-Bass specials.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In the book, Will Knook threatens to torment the deer who pulled Claus' sledge with stinging gnats for the "heinous" crime of returning to the forest one minute after the curfew he set.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: The 2000 animated version throws in a princess for... some reason. (She was a nobleman's daughter in the book and Rankin-Bass special)
* TheFairFolk: Fairies, nymphs, Knooks, Sound Imps, water spirits, wind demons, light elves, Awgwas, Ryls, whatever-the-heck-Ak-is... thankfully for Claus, all of them save the Awgwas are benevolent.
* FairyCompanion: Tingler in the Rankin-Bass special and Wisk in the 2000 animated film
* FramingDevice: In the Rankin-Bass special, the meeting with the immortals serves as this, as Ak relates Claus' story to try to convince the other immortals that Claus deserves immortality.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Claus gets along with humans, immortals, and animals. Only the Awgwas are antagonistic toward him.
* HappilyAdopted: Claus shows absolutely no curiosity about his birth parents. Possibly justified seeing as he was abandoned as a baby and he had a happy childhood with Nicelle and Shiegra.
* {{Invisibility}}: An ability of the Awgwas in the Rankin-Bass special... which somehow lets them pass through solid walls too.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Most of the Knooks in the book save Peter Knook, who's simply kind without being a JerkAss. The "jerk" part is toned down in the special.
* MamaBear: Well, lioness, but you don't mess with Claus when Shiegra's around. The Awgwas are only able to [[BoundAndGagged abduct Claus]] the first time because they ambush and tie her up first.
* ManlyTears: Shed by Claus when he sees the children's reactions to receiving their first toy, and later when he learns the immortals intend to fight on his behalf.
* {{Narrator}}: This is the only Rankin-Bass Christmas special to not have a celebrity narrator, though Ak serves as one in-universe as he tells Claus' story to the rest of the immortals.
* NeverSayDie: Both played straight and averted in the special. The Awgwa leader declares that Claus will be "done away with for good" (he flat-out states they'll kill him in the book). In a later scene, however, Ak informs Claus that the Awgwas have "perished," averting the trope.
* {{Omniglot}}: Tingler in the Rankin-Bass version, being a Sound Imp, can speak any language, including animal languages.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The Wind Demons. We only see one (the Commander), but he looks like a cross between a bat and a mosquito, tends to cause bursts of wind before he speaks, and while not malicious, is the most vocal detractor toward Claus being made immortal.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Looks like an Asian-style dragon but breathes fire like a Western dragon.
* RaisedByWolves: Claus is nursed and raised by Shiegra, a lioness, until Necille takes over as his caretaker.
* RecycledINSPACE: The story of Santa Claus as a HighFantasy
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The snake that threatens Claus and the dragon mook during the final battle share this trait
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The only animals that are malicious toward Claus or any other character are a giant cobra, a dragon, and [[SpidersAreScary a spider]].
* ReusedCharacterDesign: While most of the characters in the Rankin-Bass special have unique designs, some of the children look like they've been re-used from previous Christmas specials.
* SingleTear: Happens whenever a character cries. Justified in that it's difficult to portray tears well in a stop-motion show.
* StopMotion: Rankin-Bass' last stop-motion Christmas special
* SuddenlyVoiced: Inverted. Shiegra the Lioness had lines in the book but only growls and roars in the Rankin-Bass version, which is unusual given her AscendedExtra status in the special. Likewise, the reindeer had lines in the book but are silent in the movie.
* WindowPain: In the Rankin-Bass special, the Awgwas' harassment of Claus begins with a threatening note tied to a rock and hurled through a window.
* XMeetsY: Has been described as "Santa Claus meets ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''"
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