Santa Claus is coming to Town!!!
What is there not to like about that Christmas special! Sure, Kris there is a little slow (As I have mentioned) but what a happy guy! He goes down a chimney and says “What a great job I’ve got!” so positive! So happy! It really has the best message too, of all the specials, the one that captures Santa and Christmas, as well as their meanings, the best. Plus Fred Astaire is the one who tells the story! Come on! That’s fabulous!
You see the way I see it he’s Jessica’s and Kris’ son. All the children, to keep the tradition of Santa get offices in post first. It gets them used to travel, to kids, etc. A great way for them to learn. It also explains why he can read the letters addressed to Santa and it’s not illegal.
The Burger Meister Meister Burger and his little tattle tale pet Grinsly (I really blame him for so much of the towns distress. I mean he told the Burger that it was a toy and then when Kris gives Meister a toy and softens him, Grinsly’s the one who spoils it by telling him he’s breaking the law! I think that Grinsly there had a very harsh, militant upbringing and was always torn against his true identity -I think he likes the fellas- and harvests a great inner hatred for Burger because he also wanted to keep Kris, but is always bound by duty.) This makes sense to that it would take place in a German village where the tale of Santa truly originated. Sure Kris comes in and says that their way of life is bunk, but the people were repressed and unhappy, he tried to raise their spirits. Change their way of thinking, of being always in despair. He gave the kids toys and they told him it was illegal so he waited around so that he could take the blame.
Then the Winter Warlock is going to kill him, Kris just gives him a present and changes his perspective. That just because the sum was bad doesn’t mean you should punish the whole. Winter is made good and Kris shows him, and helps him see just how easy being positive can be.
Kris is a nonconformist who is whole-heartedly himself! He shows those around him that it is ok not to be what people expect and instead be true to yourself. Just because a label is given does not mean you need to conform to it.
Jessica then just rocks it of Barbra Streisand style and when you have Barbra Streisand and Fred Astaire in the same flick well something about life is just right.
(That and the fumes I think, from the burning toys contributed a lot to this song cue.)