It's a sad day in Sombertown. RIP Kris Kringle.

Now the kids in Sombertown are really sad. The voice of Kris Kringle is no more.

Mickey Rooney, Kris Kringle to many GenXers, died today at the age of 1993. Despite Rooney's very long list of acting credits that started in the 193os, Rooney's iconic Kris Kringle/Santa Clause hybrid will be his lasting role for many 40-somethings who made the number of CBS holiday claymation shows appointment viewing. 

The video tributes were produced years ago in anticipation of Rooney's passing. His Andy Harding days with Judy Garland will likely be front and center in most airings, but for kids growing up in the 70s, Rooney defining, and most memorable pairing, was with the well-coiffed teacher, Jessica. 

Despite Jessica's treacly solo, "My World is Beginning Today" that stopped the suspense of the holiday show right in it's snowy tracks, we loved the pairing. The two gingers were made for each other. 

In honor of 'Kris Kringle's' passing, the Top 5 lines from the classic holiday combo Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970) and The Year without a Santa Claus (1974).


Snow Miser: So, Mrs. C., how's your hubby?
Mrs. Santa: Not too good, Snowy, he's got a bad cold.
Snow Miser: Aw, that's a shame. He should've come to see me, I'd've given him a good one. HO HA HO... a little chilly humor, there.


Santa Claus: All right. What are you up to?
Mrs. Santa: Up to? Do I look like I'm up to something?
Santa Claus: No, you don't look like you're up to something, but whenever you look like you're not up to ANYTHING, you're up to something.


I'm Mister White Christmas
I'm Mister Snow
I'm Mister Icicle
I'm Mister Ten Below


I'm Mister Green Christmas
I'm Mister Sun
I'm Mister Heat Blister
I'm Mister Hundred and One


Kris Kringle: You better watch out, better not cry, better not pout.
Children: Why?
Kris Kringle: I'm telling you why!
Children: Yeah?
Kris Kringle: 'Cause I came to town.

Curse you, Burgermeister Meisterburger!


Photo credits: Rankin/Bass Productions

Molly McPherson


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