All Classic Video - Santa and the Three Bears (1970) - Full Animated Movie
Santa and the Three Bears (1970) - Full Animated Movie
Santa and the Three Bears is a 1970 animated featurette, which aired on television regularly during the holiday season. It was later released on video in 1992 by Kids Klassics and distributed by GoodTimes Home Video in the VHS format.
The VHS release is incorrectly labeled as being a "Full Length Animated Color Feature" as it is only 45 minutes long, making the reissue a featurette length instead. Originally a 76-minute film when it was created in 1970, a live-action portion has been edited out of the 1992 release, dropping the runtime to 45 minutes. The film was pitched to TV networks at first, who rejected it as it lacked a villain, but was then shown in theatres instead.
Two young bears, Nikomi and Chinook, know nothing of Christmas until the local park ranger tells them about the legend, and they become curious to meet Santa Claus. Their mother, Nana, is preparing for Winter hibernation and cynically tells her children that there is no Santa, but they are determined to believe. Mother finds it impossible to begin their sleep, since the young cubs wish to stay awake until Santa arrives.
Hal Smith as Grandfather/Santa/Mr. Ranger
Jean Vander Pyl (credited as Jean van der Pyl) as Nana
Christina Ferra-Gilmore (credited as Annette Ferra) as Nikomi
Bobby Riha as Chinook
Beth Goldfarb as Beth
Brian Hobbs as Brian