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The Great Santa Claus Switch (1970)

The Great Santa Claus Switch was a Muppet television special that first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970. The show, narrated by Ed Sullivan, begins at the North Pole with Santa Claus and ... See full summary »

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Jerry Juhl
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Cast

Cast overview:
Art Carney ... Santa Claus / Cosmo Scam
Jim Henson ... Fred / Lothar (voice)
Frank Oz ... Thig / Skippity / Hoppity / Boppity / Snerf (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Thog / Zippity / Snivelly (voice)
Danny Seagren Danny Seagren ... Gloat / Snarl / Snerf (voice)
John Lovelady John Lovelady ... Bong / Snake Frackle / Scoff / Snerf / Alarm Frackle (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Bing / Match Frackle (voice)
Marilyn Sokol Marilyn Sokol ... Additional Muppets (voice)
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Snerf (voice)
Byron Whiting Byron Whiting ... Additional Muppets (voice)
Greg Antonacci ... Additional Muppets (voice)
Cary Antebi Cary Antebi ... Additional Muppets (voice)
John Byrum John Byrum ... Additional Muppets (voice)
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The Great Santa Claus Switch was a Muppet television special that first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970. The show, narrated by Ed Sullivan, begins at the North Pole with Santa Claus and his elves getting ready for another Christmas. However, Cosmo Scam has hatched a plan to kidnap Santa and take his place. As part of the plan, Cosmo plans to abduct Santa's elves (one at a time) and replace them with his evil henchmen. Written by Richard DeCone

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sinister Santa Claus Switch See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This special featured the first appearance of Gonzo, though he is named "Snarl" here. See more »

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An early look into the creativity seen in The Muppets
25 December 2016 | by peefynSee all my reviews

While the muppets did exist before this, in skits, this is the first muppet story that was told. But except some interesting peeks at some early versions of a couple of them, most of the muppets in this movie are original characters. There's no Kermit. But there is Henson, Oz, and other puppeteers, and there is the creativity and love for the craft that you see in their later work.

It seems like the used the chance to explore the technological limits of puppetry, as there are plenty of whole body shots, muppets flying in/through the air, arms and legs being in use, and so on. There's some scenes with lots of activity going on, and there's full body costumes too. All in all, it's impressive how much you see them doing already in this TV movie, early on in their career.

The movie itself is alright. The plot is uninspired, but it does not take itself too seriously either. It's mostly an excuse for fun gags and technical experimentation, and for that it works brilliantly. I loved the gag where the elfs are gradually replaced by the bad guys, and how it affects the song they sing.

All in all it's a highly recommended watch if you like the work done by the Henson studio, and alright if you want a Christmas movie to see with your younger kids.


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