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YMMV / Santa Claus (1959)

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  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Sure, Lupita got her doll, but her dad still hasn't found work and her family is still dirt poor.
  • Fridge Horror: One child writes Santa Claus a letter asking for a little brother. Santa puts it in a box and says "here's one for you, Mr. Stork." Writing a letter to Santa can get your mom pregnant...
  • Fridge Logic: Lupita's dad moans he hasn't found work. On Christmas Eve. At night.
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  • Glurge: With just a dash of mescaline for added flavor! You know you've done something wrong when your adorable kids' movie ends up becoming the Trope Namer-by-proxy for Nightmare Fuel.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The kids from India appear to be making rifles... seeing as how the war on terrorism has broken out near that reigion as of this edit, presumably that was a sick joke from the future.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • The montage of the children from all over the world writing letters to Santa, especially those who ask for additions to their family.
    • Followed up by, despite the post office dumping all of the letters to Santa into an incinerator, they are all magically transported to Santa directly where he reads Every. Single. One!
    • When Santa makes it possible for the Lonely Rich Kid to be able to see him as he is and the little boy immediately hugs him on sight. Plus, pretty much any moment Lupita is on the screen.
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    • Lupita's reward for her faith in Christmas: a gigantic doll. Crow remarks it's not a doll, it's a sister, since the thing is as big as Lupita herself.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Santa being at odds with an antagonist named Pitch.
  • Memetic Molester: Both Santa and Pitch skirt around this.
  • Memetic Mutation: "No, Lupita!"
  • Paranoia Fuel: Santa has machines that can peep in on you and even listen to what you're saying, anywhere on Earth. He even has one that can see into your dreams.
  • The Scrappy: The narrator never shuts the Hell up.
  • So Bad, It's Good: As bizarre as the movie is, the surrealness actually gives it a bit of charm. At the very least you won't be bored watching it, and you're unlikely to see anything quite the same as it ever again.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Lupita.
    Mike: "She is aggressively cute."
  • Tear Jerker: Combined with the moment of Heartwarming above as the kid not only hugs Santa, but clings to him and begs him not to leave and reassure him that someone cares about him.
    • Lupita's mother starts crying when Lupita asks why Santa never brought her a doll.
  • Uncanny Valley: The animatronic reindeer were clearly supposed to be cool and cute. It failed.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Just when you think the movie can't get any more bizarre, it does.
    Mike: This weird enough for ya, folks?
  • The Woobie: Lupita and the Rich Kid, for opposite reasons. One of them has nothing but the love of her family to get by, the other has everything he wants except love.


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