BEST SCREEN SAN­TAS

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Cover Story - BY MICHELLE WIL­SON

Ed­mund Gwenn (“Mir­a­cle on 34th Street,” 1947) Af­ter step­ping into the “job” when an­other Santa be­comes in­ca­pac­i­tated, this Kris Kringle be­comes very pop­u­lar in Macy’s depart­ment store. That is, un­til his claims of be­ing the real deal land him in le­gal trou­ble with folks who ques­tion his men­tal sta­bil­ity and his au­then­tic­ity.

Stan Fran­cis (“Ru­dolph the RedNosed Rein­deer,” 1964) Af­ter re­fus­ing the rein­deer with the blink­ing beak, the king of jing-a-ling changes his tune when the storm of all storms hits and is in need of the ti­tled char­ac­ter to guide his sleigh if Christ­mas is go­ing to stay on sched­ule.

Mickey Rooney (“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” 1970) Adopted by an elf fam­ily named Kringle, young Kris longs to re­store the Kringle rep­u­ta­tion as toy­mak­ers to the king, but the evil

Burg­er­meis­ter Meis­ter­burger has out­lawed toys in Somber­town. What a Scrooge! Kris re­pays evil with good by de­liv­er­ing gifts to chil­dren in town and all around the world. David Hud­dle­ston (“Santa Claus: The Movie,” 1985) Talk about a bad de­ci­sion that will land you on the naughty list! A dis­il­lu­sioned elf (Dud­ley Moore) leaves the hard la­bor of Santa’s North Pole work­shop for the bright lights of New York, where he ends up mak­ing toys for a schem­ing busi­ness mag­nate. How­ever, he soon re­al­izes that his evil boss is ex­ploit­ing the good­will of Christ­mas, and sets out to save the Yule­tide spirit.

Tim Allen (“The Santa Clause” 1994) Name ... Kris Kringle, Santa Clause, Pere Noel, Babbo Natale, Topo Gi­gio! What­ever you want to call him, there’s a rea­son why this movie fran­chise is among the yearly pro­gram­ming sta­ples loved by view­ers each hol­i­day season.

“The Santa Clause”

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

“Santa Claus: The Movie”

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