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* FantasyKitchenSink: Downplayed, but for the typical Santa elements, this film throws many other elements in there.



* LovePotion: A variation. Billy's parents are given a drink that makes them recall that which they love most, and it's their son.



* PimpedOutDress: Billy's mother wears a very fancy dress when going out. It has a beaded bodice, and pleats all around.
* PrettyInMink: Billy's mother wears a silver mink wrap to go with her evening dress.



* {{Public Domain Character}}s: Featuring a list of characters nobody expects to be in the same movie:

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* {{Public Domain Character}}s: Featuring a list of characters nobody expects to be not typically in the same movie:movie.



* RobeAndWizardHat: Merlin.

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* RobeAndWizardHat: Merlin.Merlin wears these while working in his magic lab.



* WidgetSeries: W.M.T. (Weird Mexican Thing), to be exact.

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* %%* WidgetSeries: W.M.T. (Weird Mexican Thing), to be exact.
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->''"That's some good old-fashioned {{nightmare fuel}}!"''
-->-- '''[[TropeNamers Crow]]''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''


--> '''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike]]''': ''(as Lupita)'' I had the [[VietnamWar 'Nam]] dream again!

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--> '''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike]]''': ''(as Lupita)'' I had the [[VietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar 'Nam]] dream again!


A dubbed and slightly edited English-speaking version was produced for U.S. release in 1960 under the direction of K. Gordon Murray. Santa Claus was considered to be a financial success over several holiday-season theatrical releases in the 1960s and 1970s. Broadcast of the film also became a holiday tradition at several U.S. television stations. The film garnered at least one award, winning the Golden Gate Award for Best International Family Film at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1959.

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A dubbed and slightly edited English-speaking version was produced for U.S. release in 1960 under the direction of K. Gordon Murray. Santa Claus was considered to be a financial success over several holiday-season theatrical releases in the 1960s and 1970s. Broadcast of the film also became a holiday tradition at several U.S. television stations. The film garnered at least one award, winning the Golden Gate Award for Best International Family Film at the San Francisco UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco International Film Festival in 1959.


Prepare yourself for a [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]] SantaClaus fighting the evil forces of prancing demons with the help of child labor and Merlin.

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Prepare yourself for a [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]] SantaClaus fighting the evil forces of prancing demons with the help of child labor and Merlin.
Myth/{{Merlin}}.


* AluminumChristmasTrees: The "Atomic Laboratory" requested in one child's letter to Santa is actually a real thing. It refers to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_U-238_Atomic_Energy_Laboratory the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory]], a child's chemistry set which included a small sample of (mostly) depleted Uranium-238. Despite the potential for radiation poisoning, it was a fairly popular toy for a while in the 1950's.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The "Atomic Laboratory" requested in one child's letter to Santa is actually a real thing. It refers to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_U-238_Atomic_Energy_Laboratory the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory]], a child's chemistry set which included a small sample of (mostly) depleted Uranium-238. Despite Due to the potential for radiation poisoning, it poisoning (and even more so the extremely hefty price tag [[note]]It retailed for $49.50 in 1950, the equivalent of $488 in today's dollars[[/note]]), the lab was not a fairly commercial success unlike Gilbert's other offerings and was on the market for only about a year in 1950-51. Still the sheer WTF-ery of the idea made it a popular toy for a while in the 1950's.meme up to today.

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* AsYouKnow: Santa and Merlin go back and forth on how to use his various magic gadgets. Both keep pointing out how they should both ''really'' know all of this, but their memories are terrible.

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* GratuitousJapanese: One of Santa's kid helpers is a Japanese boy who speaks in unsubtitled Japanese.

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Lupita's reaction to seeing giant, evil dollies in her dream is...DullSurprise.


* HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys: According to short films culled from the film, Santa uses the 5th dimension to be everywhere at once, so Merlin apparently discovered quantum entanglement and super-position. In the film, however, Santa visits ''three'' households before returning back to the North Pole.

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* HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys: According to short films culled from the film, Santa uses the 5th dimension to be everywhere at once, so Merlin apparently discovered quantum entanglement and super-position. In the film, however, Santa visits ''three'' households before returning back to the North Pole. The movie actually attempts to retcon in the rest of the world; when Santa first gets to Mexico it's explicitly his first stop, then a little while later his helper mentions he's already been everywhere else.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Pitch spends most of the movie just pulling pathetic and often unsuccessful impish pranks. But at one point he decides [[LetsGetDangerous he's through playing around]] and kicks it up a notch. He sabotages Santa's magic items, allowing Pitch to sick an angry dog on him and trap him in a tree, plants suggestions in the heads of people living nearby that Santa is a burglar out to murder them all (using one man's sleep-talking to put in a panicked call to the fire department), and stops by Lupita's house [[KickTheDog just to mock her for not having a doll because she wouldn't listen to him earlier.]]

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* CarpetOfVirility: Vulcan has what looks to be an actual fabric sample glued to his chest.


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* GoshDarnItToHeck: Santa only curses this way, and yet he ''still'' apologizes when he loses his temper and does it in front of the kids.
-->"Arggh! Blast it, darn that devil! Oh, I'm sorry, but that old devil is always annoying me with his mischief!"

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** [[FridgeBrilliance Though with Santa out of the way, and only children left to guard his castle, the resources Santa uses could indeed be used for much darker intentions than giving children presents.]]

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* StopTrick: Done in very obvious fashions in scenes involving Pitch popping in and out of view.

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* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: Santa and his army of child laborers from the Fifth Dimension (assisted by Merlin) battle a demon sent by Lucifer to persuade the children of earth to do evil. That is the actual plot of this movie.

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