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The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus 1985
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The Great Ak calls a council of the Immortals to ask that Santa Claus be given immortality. And to justify it, he tells the history of Santa Claus. The Ak found an abandoned baby and gave it to a lioness and a fairy to raise, who named him Claus. When Claus grew up, the Great Ak showed him the evil and hardship in world and Claus decides to live there and relieve some of the suffering. He decides to make toys for orphans, but King Agua, the ruler of the valley where Claus lives doesn't want the chidren to be happy. and there is a great battle among Immortals.

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There are some really good things about this special, the Big Suprise song is rather cute, the use of the council of immortals as a framing narrative works very well (something Mike Ploog would emulate for his version), and the designs of the more monstrous looking immortals and Agawas are very cool but there's a lot of weird cuts, and sudden transitions that undermine the characterization.

This version has a lot of charm but it's pretty structurally flawed, and the Mike Young Productions/Universal version is the better watch inspte of it's lackluster animation.

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