YMMV / Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

  • Accidental Innuendo: To a modern audience, there are certain lines that can be misconstrued as meaning something else. This includes:
    • "I like babies"
    • "He shall live with us and sleep with us and drink warm cocoa with us"
    • "I'm a MAN now"
    • The entirety of "If you sit on my lap today..."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: He may be the Burgermeister's #1 lackey and cause a lot of trouble for the heroes later, but Grimsley is genuinely worried when the rope attached to Baby Claus' sleigh snaps. He tries to follow it into the blizzard before getting stuck in a snow drift.
    • Winter, powerful as he is, has a few stupid moments. How does he not see the obvious pile of sticks right under his feet in the beginning?
  • Anti-Climax: The way Burgermeister Meisterburger is taken out of the picture—he just dies offscreen, with no explanation or anything, and all his laws are somehow abolished because of this (lifting the ban on toys).
  • Awesome Music: The title song, sung by Fred Astaire.
    • The "Wedding Song", aka "What Better Way To Tell You", also sung by Astaire, counts as well.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: See What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? below.
  • Ear Worm: Any of the songs. C'mon, don't deny it, you hum those songs around Christmas too.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Despite, or perhaps because of, being second banana to Burgermeister Meisterburger, Grimsley is very popular with the fans.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Crossed by Burgermeister Meisterburger when he burns a pile of toys—in front of the kids no less—just after he arrests Kris with a cheap trick.
  • Narm Charm: The story, animation, and songs are just so cheesy that people can't help but still enjoy it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: That same toy-burning scene could be this for kids. For adults, it could even evoke thoughts of Hitler's Germany, considering Burgermeister Meisterburger burns toys the way the Nazis burned books. Burgermeister's German accent and the dark grays and browns of Sombertown don't help in the slightest. Also counts as a Tear Jerker.
  • Recycled Script: Rankin/Bass later told this same story again as The Easter Bunny is Coming to Town.
  • Special Effect Failure: There are a couple examples:
    • The kids are supposed to be crying at the toy bonfire, but they clearly have what appears to be smiles on their faces.
    • At the end of Jessica's That Reminds Me of a Song, the cheesy "animation" trick they used to let her look at her reflection in the water: the animators stuck a photograph of her at the bottom of the fountain. Which remains completely stationary even as she sings.
  • The Untwist
    • "Ooooh, she's Mrs. Claus!" Yeah, we never saw that coming.
    • "I knew it, I knew it, that's how he got his name!" Yeah, the fact that it is his (birth) name should have been a clue.
  • Values Dissonance: After two generations of increasingly extreme paranoia over children being sexually abused/molested/exploited, the song "If You Sit On My Lap Today" just doesn't sound as innocent now as it did back then. If Kris sang that today in Anytown, U.S.A, he'd either be chased down by an angry mob or beaten down cowboy-style before being forced to register as a sex offender for life. He 'charges' the kids one kiss for every toy he gives them! The sequence featuring this song has been edited in most modern-day airings (ABC Family, at least, has restored this and the "My World is Beginning Today" sequence, also cut from most modern-day airings for the reasons listed below, since 2010).
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The "My World is Beginning Today" sequence, possibly one of the trippiest scenes in all of animation. Yes, it was made in 1970, but seriously, what the hell was this? May also be a contender for Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, since the song has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the story, though it does mark Jessica's Character Development.