Though already a household name in song and poetry, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians beat out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by three weeks for his film debut. The film is the only public domain film in the United States.
It was not until 1997 that this film became available in the United States through the DVD release by Warner Bros. It is unknown if any other countries have released the film on home video.
The film is based on the 1905 novel of the same name written by Edward Bellamy. It tells the story of an alien from Mars who comes to Earth to learn about humanity so he can return home to rule his planet. Along the way, he learns what makes each person unique and shows them that they are not different races but rather many different personalities under one skin.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians was filmed at Fort Lee in New Jersey with additional scenes shot in Brooklyn. The movie was released on November 5, 1916 by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by George Marshall and produced by Jules White and Henry Blanke. The screenplay was written by Albert Evans and Jack Cunningham. The original music score was composed by Al Dubin.
Paramount also released another film called Santa Claus Versus the Movies that same year.
|Species||Either Human or Elf (more commonly portrayed as the former)|
|Date of birth||December 25th 1 AD (first Christmas) 15 March 270 AD (Nikolaos of Myra) Early 14th century (Santa Claus: The Movie)|
|Affiliation||Elves and flying reindeer|
Since the mid-twentieth century, popular culture has usually regarded Santa Claus as having nine reindeer—eight Moore's plus Rudolph. However, according to the National Park Service, Santa does not use reindeer but flies around on his own aircraft, the sleigh being a separate vehicle.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by Robert L. May who wrote two stories about him for his daughters. One story was published in 1945 and the other in 1946. Within five months of each other, both girls' families named their reindeer after the character they had seen in the storybooks. So, today, there are many varieties of reindeer with names such as Donder, Blitzen, Prancer, and Vixen.
In addition to Santa's eight traditional reindeer, others have been used including mice, butterflies, and even bees. A 1972 episode of The Simpsons called "Homer's Night Out" featured a scene in which Bart sees Santa riding down the street on a giant mouse. When asked why Santa would want to ride around on a mouse, he replies, "Because he can."
Actually, it is impossible for Santa to ride on a mouse because mice do not carry humans.
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|Santa’s reindeer, on Rudolph’s day off|
Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle, has a rich history rooted in Christmas customs. He is a popular figure during the holiday season and after his death in 607 AD, he became even more popular.
They are two different people. Santa Claus was a Christian saint from Greece who lived around 300 AD. He is most well-known for bringing gifts to children on Christmas Eve. Today, many of the gifts given out on Christmas Eve exist because of Santa Claus.
Saint Nicholas was a Greek bishop who lived in Turkey in the early part of the 5th century. He is best known for going from house to house performing charitable acts and leaving gifts under the Christmas tree for poor people. His memory is still celebrated today with various traditions such as hanging stocking over the fireplace.
Both men were canonized by the Roman Catholic Church and their symbols can be found in many churches throughout the world. Their histories are intertwined but they are two separate individuals.
This includes a red-fur-coated Santa Claus on a sleigh, tunes like "Jingle Bells," and numerous Christmas sceneries on Christmas cards and decorations...and now YouTube.
Yes, Santa Claus exists in Australia too! In fact, there are several places all over the country that will fly your photo with Santa next to your Christmas tree!
The first Australian company to offer this service was North Pole Studios, who opened their first studio in Sydney's central business district in 1997. Since then, they have expanded across the country, taking photos with Santa every holiday season since then!
There are also many smaller companies that operate only during the holidays, but they do use a real Santa Claus instead of a man in a suit.
In conclusion, yes, Santa Claus does exist in Australia!
Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, or just Santa, is a legendary creature from Western Christian culture who is claimed to bring toys and candies to good children on Christmas Eve and coal or nothing to bad children. Although there are many other myths and legends surrounding St Nicholas, he is primarily recognized by his role as the patron saint of merchants.
The original story about St Nicholas involves him becoming bishop of Myra in Turkey, where he was known for his charitable deeds and for his command of several languages. When he died, thousands of people attended his funeral and had items they could not afford taken off their hands. Each year on December 6, churches all over Europe celebrate his death.
In 1607, the Dutch East India Company decided to establish its own version of St Nicholas' Day, which became popular with children everywhere. This new holiday was called "Sinterklaas," which means "Saint Nicholas." In 1615, the Italian city of Naples followed suit and established its own Sinterklaas festival, which has become very popular.
Today, versions of Sinterklaas exist around the world.
1 Because Rudolph was created in 1939 by the Montgomery Ward firm and is not a "cannon" of the Santa Claus tale. Because it wasn't cloudy on Christmas Eve, and Santa didn't need him.