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Mrs. Santa Claus

Mrs. Santa Claus

By Patrick Samuel • December 12th, 2010
Static Mass Rating: 3/5
MRS SANTA CLAUS (DVD)

Release Date: October 25th 2010
Certificate: PG
Running Time: 106 minutes

Director: Terry Hughes

Cast: Angela Lansbury, Charles Durning, Michael Jeter

It’s a case of Christmas, She Wrote with this 1996 television holiday musical starring Angela Lansbury as the wife of Santa Claus!

After trying to convince Mr. Santa Claus (Charles Durning ) to take the new route she’s come up with, Mrs. Santa Claus decides to take the sleigh and deliver the Christmas presents herself. While he’s still busy reading letters from children, she instructs an elf (Michael Jeter) to prepare the reindeer and she’ll be back before its morning and before he’s noticed she’s even gone.

When one of the reindeer (Cupid) is injured along the way, they are forced to land in New York. At the time of 1910, America was just coming of age, so the Women’s Suffragette movement serves as a historical backdrop to the story. Re-naming herself “Mrs. North” she takes a room with a Jewish family and joins in the political activities to support the family’s daughter who is protesting for women’s rights.

The plight of child workers in factories is also addressed as Mrs. North goes to work for a toy company. The boss only cares about his own personal happiness which comes from the money they make selling toys that are defective.

Every now and then there’s a musical number, written by Jerry Herman, the composer of Broadway musicals such as Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles both of which he won a Tony Award for.

Mrs. Santa Claus went on to be nominated for 5 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special, Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the song “Mrs. Santa Claus” but in the end only won the award for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special.

Although the New Yorkers come to value her as a friend and activist, Mrs. North eventually has to decide where she prefers to be; in a city which will come to be known as “Big Apple”, or back at home in the North Pole with her husband, elves and reindeer.

Patrick Samuel

Patrick Samuel

The founder of Static Mass Emporium and one of its Editors in Chief is an emerging artist with a philosophy degree, working primarily with pastels and graphite pencils, but he also enjoys experimenting with water colours, acrylics, glass and oil paints.

Being on the autistic spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome, he is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark. Patrick's work extends to sound and video, and when not drawing or painting, he can be found working on projects he shares online with his followers.

Patrick returned to drawing and painting after a prolonged break in December 2016 as part of his daily art therapy, and is now making the transition to being a full-time artist. As a spokesperson for autism awareness, he also gives talks and presentations on the benefits of creative therapy.

Static Mass is where he lives his passion for film and writing about it. A fan of film classics, documentaries and science fiction, Patrick prefers films with an impeccable way of storytelling that reflect on the human condition.

Patrick Samuel ¦ Asperger Artist

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