As a movie, it accomplishes what it set out to do. It avoids the modern day pitfalls of being too sappy and preachy and just tells you a happy little tale about Christmas and Santa Clause. The performances all around are great. Natalie Wood is too adorable for words and she sparkles on the screen as the skeptical little girl. The adult cast plays their parts well and the directing was fine. The story is what makes this film and despite being copied many times before, itís nice to see it done well and for the first time.
If you havenít seen it in a while, then do yourself a favor and pick it up this Holiday season. One thing I was surprised at is how many movies and TV shows steal from this original story. In my book, this is the one and only story about a kid not believing in Santa Clause. All other stories and films pale in comparison.
I would also like to take a moment to advise everyone to avoid the colorized version of the movie. I donít know why they bothered adding color into a classic black and white film, but they did. I really find this to be a disgrace to the film and it just ďfeelsĒ better watching it in the original black and white transfer.
AMC Backstory (22:06): This is a pretty typical AMC backstory, so it has a lot of interviews intermixed with clips from the film. It does provide enough extra tidbits to make it worthwhile, but only for big fans of the film.
Fox Movietone News Footage (1:42): This is kind of neat from a historical point of view, but itís nothing more than a novelty item now. Itís one of the news clips that used to play in theaters.
TV Version (46:02): I thought this was going to be a shorter, edited version of the film for TV, but instead, itís a shorter version with different actors. I think a lot of people might remember this one more than the actual movie since it used to play all the time in December.
Macyís Thanksgiving Day Parade Floating in History (15:31): Macyís was featured heavily in the film and now they get their time on the DVD. This is basically a featurette on the history of the film with a slant towards Macyís.
There is also a Poster gallery.