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L. Frank Baum's Santa Claus Coming to the Screen

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Carlo Klemm

L. Frank Baum's Santa Claus Coming to the Screen

Paste Magazine.com

November 11, 2008

Excerpt:

It's nice to see people remember that L. Frank Baum wrote stories featuring characters other than the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In fact, he also tackled someone even more impressive: Santa Claus.

Variety reports that Hyde Park Entertainment will team with Toonz Entertainment to adapt The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus as a CGI-animated film, similar to the just announced John Boorman-directed interpretation of Oz. And like the oft-adapted Oz, this one will be coming for Christmas 2010.

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SantaCraig

can't wait

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Michael Rielly

I actually didn't like L. Frank Baum's Santa Claus story. I would much prefer to see Jeff Guinn's books brought to the big screen.

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SantaCraig

ya know, I didn't really care for that one Rielly. Mrs. Claus being named Layla? I thought that was George Harrisons wife that Eric Clapton had it real bad for? I digress....

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Elf Gary

I haven't had a chance to read Baum's Santa stories, i would quite like to see it.

As for Jeff Guin, his stuff is OK but it is not really an all time favorite.

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SantaCraig

I once listened to an audio book entitled "The Physics of Christmas" it was cute, not a best seller though. It explained how the Reindeer could possibly fly, how snow is formed, etc etc.

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Scottish Mama Claus

I'll give it a try...I've never read the book so...

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Michael Rielly
ya know, I didn't really care for that one Rielly. Mrs. Claus being named Layla? I thought that was George Harrisons wife that Eric Clapton had it real bad for? I digress....

I agree with you on the name of Mrs. Claus, but what I like about Guinn's books is how he weaves historical events and the true story of Nicholas of Myra into the story.

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Santa Trever

I saw the old cartoon last year for the first time. It was a cross between Santa Claus and He-Man. Hopefully the movie is better.

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Santa Bear

I've never seen the cartoon. Didn' t know that there was one. I have seen the Rankin/Bass version(many times, seeing as I own a copy). I've never read the book myself, but I enjoy Rankin/Bass' version.

I'd like to see Jeff Guinn's books made into a movie. I do agree with all of you about Mrs. Claus' name. I always thought her name was Jessica(well, it is in the Rankin/Bass special "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".) I remember hearing a Santa say that he always told the kids that Mrs. Claus' first name was "Honey", or that at least that is what he called her all the time. And I've heard others say that she wants to keep her name private. *shrug* Maybe we should do a vote and decide what her name should be. I'd feel better saying her name was "Layla" if I knew our other almost 400 members were saying the same thing.

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Elf Gary

A vote for the best Mrs. Claus name is not a bad idea Santa Bear we realy should concider it.

I have read that Her name was Molly but Jessica would be a likely candidate owing to the popularity of the Rankin Bas special, and the fact that Guins books have a loyal following raises Layla, perhapse it is time to tighten the mythology up for the new century.

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