Robin’s Weird Christmas Movies: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)

Well, I’ve made sure to save the weirdest Christmas movie of them all for last and up until a few days ago, I had no idea this one even existed. But then I went to find out what the newest release on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Rifftrax website was and found out about the monstrosity that was Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. From what I’ve read, all the other “Robin’s Weird Christmas Movies” I’ve featured look like A Christmas Carol next to this one! All those other weird Christmas movies have at least managed to crack the 2.0 barrier at the IMDb, but this movie currently has an astonishingly low rating of 1.4! I haven’t watched Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny yet, but I did view the sample they provided at the Rifftrax website and words just cannot describe some of the images I saw.

The “plot” of Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny involves Santa getting his sleigh stuck in the sands of a Florida beach while a bunch of kids and guys in creepy animal costumes try to free him. When they ask why there aren’t any reindeer attached to his sleigh, Santa explains that the cheap bastards who made this movie didn’t have enough money in the budget for them! Actually, no, he just tells them that they flew away on their own after he got stuck. Anyway, a giant bunny eventually succeeds at freeing Santa, but they never bother to explain why he is called the Ice Cream Bunny. Unfortunately, even though the movie is titled Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, the actual storyline involving Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny only takes up a small fraction of the actual narrative since it randomly decides to cut away to a musical version of Thumbelina that lasts for over an hour! It’s obvious that all this other Thumbelina footage was filmed elsewhere and they tacked it onto the Santa footage in order to pad the whole thing out into a feature-length film. Words just fail me here! I will eventually watch this whole thing with the Rifftrax commentary since I hear that sitting through Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny without one is an excrutiatingly boring experience. Here’s a ten-minute clip from the film, but if you actually manage to make it through the whole thing, you have my utmost admiration.

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