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Skwigly Film Club #23 – Dot & Santa Claus

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Presenting episode 23 of the Skwigly Film Club!

In our twenty-third episode we press play on the 1981 mixed-media pseudo-classic Dot and Santa Claus, alternately known as Around the World with Dot and directed by Yoram Gross. The film is the first of an eventual eight sequels to the successful 1977 feature film adaptation of the Ethel Pedley children’s book Dot and the Kangaroo.

Ethel Pedley’s much-loved Aussie heroine joins up with Santa Claus in order to help Kangaroo find her beloved joey. The pair take to the air in Santa’s sleigh, driven by two very enthusiastic kangaroos and travel the world entire, searching high and low, in an attempt to find the zoo where the lost joey may have been sent. A spirited international adventure, investigating the various Christmas traditions that are observed around the world, Dot and Santa Claus is a colourful blend of live action photography and traditional cel animation from award-winning filmmaker Yoram Gross (Blinky Bill), featuring a string of lively musical numbers and celebrating the magic and wonderment of the festive season.

Presented by Ben Mitchell, Steve Henderson, Laura-Beth Cowley and Aaron Wood
Produced by Ben Mitchell

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