|SANTA'S COOL AS HOLLAND RELEASING HITS RECORD 224 THEATERS|
Nov 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARTIANS ATTACK THEATERS
DURING CHRISTMAS SEASON
November 15, 2011
Los Angeles, California
Communications (818) 368-3808
Claus Conquers the Martians, one of the most charming of holiday motion pictures,
is being re-released on a one-time-only basis to theaters across the United
States and Canada this December. The
film, which has been digitally restored, has not been seen on the big screen
since its initial release in 1964.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is the main feature of a delightfully
retro compilation called SANTA'S COOL HOLIDAY FILM FESTIVAL, which
features a family-friendly mix of vintage Technicolor Christmas cartoons,
long-lost holiday greetings from Sixties TV personalities like Shari Lewis
& Lambchop and Ozzie & Harriet, a 1949 bouncing-ball sing-a-long to
"Jingle Bells", and lots more holiday season fun.
Conquers the Martians is a colorful mix of Christmas comedy and Sixties sci-fi,
resulting in an unexpectedly charming "kids eye view" of the holiday
season. Filmed on a New York City
soundstage in 1964, the cast is made up of top-notch Broadway and soap opera
character actors, including John Call as Santa and Bill McCutcheon as an
hilariously bumbling Martian. Even the
child actors in the film were Broadway veterans and the film's production had
to be scheduled around their stage and school schedule. For trivia fans, Santa Claus Conquers the
Martians marked the film debut of 10 year-old Pia Zadora who, like all of the
Martians, performed in varying degrees of green face make-up.
Releasing, distributor of the program, had originally planned a narrow release
targeted to college-age audiences who know Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
well from its various TV spoofs on shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000 and
Elvira's Movie Macabre. However, the
film's appeal quickly crossed over to mainstream theater chains who saw the
program's huge family and kid-appeal.
To date, Santa's Cool Holiday Film Festival is scheduled to play in over
200 theaters with others joining the line-up daily. A listing can be seen at the film's official website: www.SantaMartiansMovie.com.
main feature, the other cool films in this cinematic Christmas stocking are
amazing, if not occasionally breathtaking in their Technicolor glory. For instance, the producers have included
two rarely seen cartoons from the legendary studios of Max Fleischer, who also
gave us Popeye and Betty Boop -- "Christmas Comes But Once A Year", about
a grand-fatherly inventor who visits an orphanage to pose as Santa Claus, and
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", Fleischer's animated treasure that
tells the story of the little reindeer who guides Santa's sleigh on Christmas
Eve. The restoration of these gems was
costly and time-consuming, but the pay off for the audience is getting to see
them as they were originally meant to be enjoyed -- on a huge theater screen.
And what's a family movie experience without an old-time
sing-a-long? Thomas W. Holland, the
producer and director of SANTA'S COOL HOLIDAY FILM FESTIVAL, searched around
the world to locate a circa-1949 bouncing ball sing-a-long to 'Jingle
Bells.' "I knew this bit of film
existed as I recalled seeing on television, in black-and-white, of course, as a
kid," said Holland. "After
discovering it was originally a segment in an vintage Technicolor cartoon, it
took months to locate the only existing print.
Its even got extra lyrics that have been long forgotten. Community-sings like this are sadly rare
today, but in a movie theater environment, as opposed to television, they bring
everyone together. It's a highlight of
the whole show." Holland added.
on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT8eP28koNQ