|THE STORY OF SANTA CLAUS (cbs, 1998)|
|Why was it such a
So many reasons, so little time. I don't have the special with me, so you get no screenshots, but I don't want it anyway.
Mr. and Mrs. Kringle are poor toymakers in Europe that are squeezed dry by the wicked local tax collector. Even under these dire conditions, Mr. Kringle won't give up on his dream--to make a toy for every single kid in the world. They're eventually evicted from their home and wind up in the North Pole, where they're rescued by elves with nothing else to do.
Mr. Kringle convinces the elves to go into business with him and they build a workshop there, singing many weak songs in the process. The elves eventually induct him into their family, give him magic powers and...somehow the reindeer fit in here, but I forget where.
Why didn't it fit in?
The biggest oversight is that kids didn't--and still don't--want to hear an origin story for Santa. They prefer the simple explanation "he's always been around."