Film, Christmas

Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny

When: Thu., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. 2015

After years of neglect, TV audiences made Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life the cherished holiday classic it is today. Movie lovers recently rediscovered another film that was forgotten for all of the right reasons: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. When Santa's reindeer abandon him on a remote beach in Florida, it's up to the children he summons telepathically (including those holiday icons, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn) to find the animals needed to get his sleigh out of the inch-deep sand. After pigs, sheep, a donkey, a horse and a guy in a gorilla suit all fail, ol' Saint Nick is reminded of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, which he retells for the rest of the running time. Eventually the titular Ice Cream Bunny arrives to give Santa a lift on his fire truck. The RiffTrax team roasts this turkey live, beaming their comic commentary to select theaters nationwide at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 3. You can catch it locally at Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine (5320 South Lindbergh Boulevard; www.fathomevents.com) Tickets are $12.50.

Mark Fischer

Price: $12.50

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