GenreAnimation, Family, Fantasy ScreenplayTony Benedict WriterTony Benedict LanguageEnglish
Barry Mahon (live-action sequences) Release date7 November 1970 (USA) DirectorsTony Benedict, Barry Mahon CastHal Smith (Grandfather / Santa / Mr. Ranger), Jean Vander Pyl (Nana), Christina Ferra-Gilmore (Nikomi), Bobby Riha (Chinook) Similar moviesThe Nightmare Before Christmas, Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Great Santa Claus Caper, A Christmas Tree Miracle, Yes, Virginia, The Santa Clause 2, The Night Before
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Santa and the Three Bears is a 1970 animated featurette, which aired on television regularly during the holiday season. It was later released on video in 1992 by Kids Klassics and distributed by GoodTimes Home Video in the VHS format with the original live-action sequences at the beginning and end of the film edited out.
Originally this 46 minute feature contained live-action sequences which ran for 2 minutes at the beginning of the film, and 2 minutes at the end of the film. These live-action sequences featured actor Hal Smith and two young children (Brian Hobbs and Beth Goldfarb) sitting in a cabin and conversing by the fireplace and Christmas tree, and a short montage of mechanical toys, Christmas decorations, and a pet kitten during the opening and closing credits. Since 1992 these original live action sequences have been edited out of VHS and DVD releases of the feature.
The film was originally pitched to TV networks, who rejected it as it lacked a villain, but was then shown in theaters instead. This special has been rerun on TBN, USA Network, FOX Family (Now Freeform), and on KTLA channel 5 in Los Angeles.
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Two young bears, Nikomi and Chinook, know nothing of Christmas until the local park ranger tells them about the legend, and they become curious to meet Santa Claus. Their mother, Nana, is preparing for Winter hibernation and cynically tells her children that there is no Santa, but they are determined to believe. Mother finds it impossible to begin their sleep, since the young cubs wish to stay awake until Santa arrives.
Hal Smith as Grandfather/Santa/Mr. Ranger
Jean Vander Pyl (credited as Jean van der Pyl) as Nana
Christina Ferra-Gilmore (credited as Annette Ferra) as Nikomi