Monday, November 30, 2015

Countdown to Christmas: Santa & the Three Bears (1970)

If it looks like a Hanna-Barbera cartoon, that doesn't mean it is.

Some H-B staffers, including Tony Benedict and Walt Peregoy, spun off on their own to produce Santa & the Three Bears, which was released to theatres in 1970. Two of the voice actors also were on the H-B payroll, particularly Hal Smith (ex-The Andy Griffith Show) and Jean VanderPyl (ex-The Flintstones, The Jetsons).

A park ranger (Smith) is recruited by a kindly mother bear (VanderPyl) to play Santa to entertain her cubs and teach them about Christmas.

To think that 10 years later, we'd see H-B try out Yogi Bear wearing Santa's garb........

Rating: B.

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