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Justin Bieber’s ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’

Yes, here’s an old classic sung by Justin Bieber using Animagic (really Rankin/Bass stop-motion techniques).

Music video by Justin Bieber performing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. (C) 2011 The Island Def Jam Music Group.

Here Bieber become part of the classic Rankin-Bass TV special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”

Here’s a clip from the ending of the feature.

This isn’t the first time animation has been used for this song:

The actual song was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934, debuting in November on Eddie Cantor’s radio show. The TV special was produced in 1970 with Fred Astaire narrating. It tells the original story of Santa Claus.

Rankin/Bass used stop-motion. Their characters were dolls with spheroid body parts. The company which began as Videocraft International, Ltd., and was also known as Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment and Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc., was founded in 1960 but eventually was merged into Warner Bros.

The founder Arthur Rankin, Jr. is still alive (born July 19, 1924) and lives in New York.  The co-founder Jules Bass (born September 16, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) lives in New York and Paris and now writes children’s books.

Feature films

 Animated TV specials