As Claus continues giving gifts, he earns the title "Santa" ("Saint" in most Romance languages). The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a 1902 children's book, written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by Mary Cowles Clark.[1][2]. Meanwhile, evil creatures called the Awgwas (who influence children to do bad things and who are led by King Awgwa) are not happy with Claus's efforts to bring happiness to children, so they attempt to stop Claus from making and delivering toys. The movie would have been the first animated film for Hyde Park. As he and his friends make attempts to deliver toys to the village, the Awgwas repeatedly ambush them and steal the toys. [3] The special truncates much of the story (it ran in a one-hour time slot) and simplifies some of the motivations, but its major alterations are setting up the hearing over the Mantle of Immortality as a frame story explaining just why Claus (J. D. Roth/Earl Hammond) deserves the mantle, although there is an edit that makes it difficult to realize that the scene in which Ak (Alfred Drake) calls the council when first finding the infant in the woods does not occur in the same time period as the main story. [5] The special was paired with Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey and released on DVD under the Warner Archive brand on November 17, 2009. [6], A new animated feature film was in production as a co-operation between Hyde Park Entertainment and Toonz Entertainment as well as the Gang of 7 Animation. The presentation of the Christmas tree is different; Claus, realizing his death is imminent, decorates a tree with ornaments and suggests it should be his memorial. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a children's fantasy novel of twenty-four chapters by the American author L. Frank Baum. She names him Claus. More information on Archive.org About the BookReader | Report a problem . Earle Hyman portrayed the King of the Awgwas, and Leslie Miller played Necile. Production was set to begin in November 2008 at the Toonz Animation Studio in India. your own Pins on Pinterest She is Santa's adoptive mother. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus provides answers to these and other pressing questions from the 3 to 8-year-old set. Earle Hyman portrayed King Awgwa, and Leslie Miller played Necile. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a 1985 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions and based on the 1902 children's book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, the writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. On one occasion, his neighbors' son Weekum visits him; and Claus having made an image of Blinky to pass the time, presents him with the finished carving, calling it a "toy". Special offers and product promotions . A significant thematic change is Nicholas spreading information about the immortals far and wide, to the point he never coins the term "dolly", just mass-produces "Neciles". See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. This is the only Rankin/Bass Christmas special without a celebrity narrator. As his journeys continue, Claus is aided by two deer named Glossie and Flossie, who pull his sleigh full of toys. As a youth, Claus discovers fellow humans on earth and returns to their world where he decides his duty is to make children happy through the gift of toys. When he makes his first stop, he finds that the door of the house is locked since it is night, so he enters through the chimney. The Rankin/Bass production truncates much of the story (it ran in a one-hour time slot) and simplifies some of the motivations, but its major alterations from the book are setting up the hearing over the Mantle of Immortality as a frame story explaining just why Claus deserves the mantle, although there is an edit that makes it difficult to realize that the scene in which Ak calls the council when first finding the infant in the woods does not occur in the same time period as the main story. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Macmillan Collector's Library) Hardcover – Unabridged, October 3, 2017 by L. Frank Baum (Author), Ned Halley (Introduction) 3.9 out of 5 stars 9 ratings. Claus sees stockings placed by the fire to dry as a good place for his surprises; but when he finds a family (sometimes taken to be Native Americans, or caricatures of the same) living in a tent with no fireplaces, he places the gifts on the branches of the trees just outside the tent. Claus sets out on his first of many Christmas Eve sleigh rides. With the aid of Asiatic Dragons, Three-Eyed Giants of Tatary, Goozzle-Goblins, and Black Demons from Patalonia, the Awgwas believe their might superior to that of the immortals; but they and their allies are destroyed. He eventually makes toys (the first being a wooden black cat modeled after the kitten Blinky that Necile sent to them, which he gives to the orphan boy Weekum). In the Laughing Valley, Claus becomes known for kindness toward children. Larry Kenney was the Commander of the Wind Demons, who initially served as a devil's advocate to Ak at the fateful hearing, but soon became the Immortal most approving of giving the Mantle to Claus. When Claus has grown to be a young man, the Great Ak takes him to see the mortal world and its cruelty and suffering. The kidnapping of Claus by the Awgwas is the basis of the Oz Kids video, "Who Stole Santa? Bernard Hoffer composed the music, as well as setting a quatrain by Baum inspired by Claus's famous laugh. The Gnome King's exchange of gifts is replaced with Natalie at young adulthood returning her doll to Nicholas to make up in her own small way for all the toys stolen by the Awgwas: Nicholas proclaims that others should follow his example and give and receive gifts. Thanks for teaching me the meaning of the word plethora. Directed by Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.. With Earl Hammond, Earle Hyman, Larry Kenney, Lynne Lipton. The Gnome King has been omitted from most other adaptations, presumably to avoid confusion with the malevolent character in Return to Oz, though an unidentified figure voiced by Peter Newman appears on the council over immortality in the Rankin-Bass version. In restriction of the deer's service to a single day annually, their supervisor Wil Knook decides upon Christmas Eve, two weeks away from the hearing, believing this will mean a year without taking the reindeer from their homes; but the Fairies retrieve the toys the Awgwas stole and bring them to Claus, allowing Claus's first Christmas to proceed in spite of Wil. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus is a 2000 American direct-to-video animated fantasy film created by Mike Young Productions and released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.It is based on the 1902 L. Frank Baum novel of the same name. It was illustrated by Frederick Richardson, who had also illustrated Baum's Queen Zixi of Ix. The monsters attack the Immortals, but the Immortals defeat them. In addition, Shiegra accompanies Claus to the Laughing Valley, in which, unlike the book, it is always Winter. Patrick M. Maund with David L. 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