|I Believe in Santa Claus|
|Riffers||Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett|
|Date Released||December 22, 2015|
J'ai rencontré le Père Noël (1984) (English: I Met Father Christmas), is a French film that was dubbed in English and retitled as Here Comes Santa Claus and released on DVD under the title I Believe in Santa Claus. RiffTrax released their riff in December 2015.
Plot Synopsis and PreviewEdit(Spoilers Begin)
The film is about Simon, a young boy, who is bullied at school by peers and adults alike. Simon's parents have been kidnapped in Africa, and the government has not responded to the ultimatum set by the kidnappers. Therefore, while on a field trip to the local airport, Simon and his friend Élodie sneak onto a jet liner and fly to Rovaniemi to visit Santa Claus in Lapland, to ask him to save Simon's parents. On the way, they encounter a Fairy and an Ogre.
The film stars Karen Cheryl, who was a popular singer at the time in France, as both Simon's schoolteacher and as the Fairy. She acts and sings musical numbers in the film.
Clearly designed for children, the film was primarily meant as a family comedy for the Christmas holidays. The film is also an opportunity for Karen Cheryl to repeatedly sing simplistic melodies, in line with the plot. Indeed, the director is not encumbered with improbabilities. Thus, the two young children arrive safely to travel to Lapland then Santa and the fairy teleport to Africa near the village where the parents are inmates, and finally the two children returned home and rushed to the Christmas Mass where no one seems really surprised they reappear after their prolonged absence.
Cast and CrewEdit
- Karen Chéryl as Good Fairy / Teacher
- Armand Meffre as Le Père Noël / Santa Claus
- Emeric Chapuis as Simon
- Alexia Haudot as Elodie
- Jeanne Herviale as Grandmother
- Dominique Hulin as Ogre
- Hélène Ruby as Mother
- Jean-Louis Foulquier as Father
- Baye Fall as Bouake
- Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny
- Santa's Village of Madness
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
- The Magic Christmas Tree