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Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)

When Santa's sleigh gets stuck in Florida, he tells a group of kids the story of Thumbelina.

Director:

R. Winer

Writer:

Hans Christian Andersen (fairy tale: "Thumbelina")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jay Ripley Jay Ripley ... Santa Claus (as Jay Clark)
Shay Garner Shay Garner ... Thumbelina (archive footage)
Pat Morrell Pat Morrell ... Mrs. Mole (archive footage)
Bob O'Connell ... Mr. Digger (archive footage)
Ruth McMahon Ruth McMahon ... Mother (archive footage)
Heather Grinter Heather Grinter ... Witch (archive footage)
Sue Cable Sue Cable ... Flower Girl (archive footage)
Mike Yuenger Mike Yuenger ... Flower Prince (archive footage)
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Storyline

Poor Santa Claus. This live-action feature finds his sleigh stuck in the sand on a Florida beach only days before Christmas Eve. He psychically summons prepubescent aid from a nearby subdivision. In order to extricate Santa's sleigh, the local children bring many different animals (presumably the sheep was someone's housepet), but nothing works, and the kids are afraid they won't get any gifts this year. To boost their spirits, Santa tells them the story of Thumbellina, and the setting dissolves into a "fantasy within a fantasy". Thumbellina is a beautiful but very tiny girl, "not much larger than a clothes pin". She becomes lost in the forest during the winter and finds refuge in the underground home of Mrs. Mole. A neighbor mole, Mr. Digger, falls in love and wants to marry Thumbellina, but she's having none of it. When warm weather returns, she runs back into the forest and deserts the two kindly creatures who saved her life, crushing their spirits forever ... the end. As Santa is ... Written by Richard Westmoreland

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What A Story! A Daring Rescue! See more »

Genres:

Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Санта и мороженый кролик See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn make "cameos" because Barry Mahon tried to make a Tom Sawyer movie, but gave up after one day of filming. The footage was likely included to help pad the film because Mahon's earlier Thumbelina (1970) (or Jack and the Beanstalk (1970), in some prints) was used. See more »

Goofs

The person pushing the antique fire truck is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Santa Claus: I think I'd better my coat on, very quickly. Can't let anybody see Santa Claus without his coat. Just put this belt on, quickly as you can, and, uh, see what's going on.
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Crazy Credits

Two sets of opening credits and end tags are used in the movie (one for the Santa portion and one for the fairytale portion). See more »

Alternate Versions

(November 2018) The version streaming on Amazon Prime Video features Jack and the Beanstalk. See more »

Connections

Edited from Jack and the Beanstalk (1970) See more »

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I cannot believe anyone remembered this
19 February 2005 | by rodgersinconnSee all my reviews

Wow I was shocked when I searched this movie and received a hit. I was telling my children about the worst movie I had seen as a child.Which happened to be this one. My mom had taken all six of us to a Saturday matinée at the Palace Theatre in Norwich,Conn which was a weekly tradition.It had to be later than the original date for this which was 1972. The second feature was Empire of the Ant's.My mom almost got up and left during the Santa and Ice Cream Bunny movie because it was so bad.All we remember was Santa sitting in a sled that was stuck in sand.And he kept saying hohoho.I think he told the story of Jack and the Beanstalk also while he was stuck.


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