Advent Calendar House

Hosted ByMike Westfall

A salute to all TV holiday specials, but mostly the Christmas ones.

Advent Calendar House: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Day 5: Rankin/Bass goes off the rails in its last-ever stop motion animated Christmas special, 1985’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, based on the 1902 book by “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, which explains a lot.

On this episode

In a scene from “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus,” the Great Ak flies with a young Claus.

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