🎄It’s 2001, and a magical partridge is sending me on a coat drive for some kind of Karate Kid-style Santa training.

Hop in our light blue ’54 convertible and buckle up as we take you on a joyride through the very last and most forgotten Rankin/Bass Christmas special, featuring a mostly black cast starring Patti LaBelle, Gregory Hines, and a criminally underused Eartha Kitt as a talking cat.


🎙 Guests:

Andre Bennett (Cult Cinema Cloister, Philadelphia Championship Rock Paper Scissors).

Tim Babb (Can’t Wait for Christmas Podcast).


💬 Topics & Tangents:

1. This special was co-written by Suzanne Collins, who went on to write “The Hunger Games.”

2. The other co-writer, Peter Bakalian, also has a book series. It’s called “The F.A.R.T. Diaries.”

3. Patti LaBelle in Philadelphia’s “Get to Know Us” tourism campaign, 1985.

4. Patti LaBelle on “Sesame Street” singing “How I Miss My X.”

5. IMDb’s photo gallery for “Santa, Baby!” is full of high-quality promotional images.

6. RankinBass.com’s first look at “Santa, Baby!” from December 2001.

7. Gregory Hines in “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and “Running Scared.”

8. Rankin/Bass finally includes “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Jingle Bells” in a Christmas special.

8. Natalie Toro (Samson) lists “Santa Baby!” on her bio page.

10. Andre’s uncle co-wrote K-Ci & JoJo’s “All My Life.”


📼 Commercial Break:

McDonald’s “Wake Up” Breakfast Commercial featuring Patti LaBelle, 1990.

Can’t Wait for Christmas, the podcast dedicated to keeping the spirit of Christmas alive all year round.


“Santa, Baby” © 2001 Perisphere Pictures, Inc.

Theme song by Bronwen’s Ghost.
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