The Cold War on Christmas
The Wende Museum's "Cold War Spaces" includes excerpts from Günter Rätz's stop-action animation, Sharp Left Behind the Moon (East German, 1959). It predates the Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) and Art Clokey's Davey and Goliath (1961–). God sends Santa Claus to Earth to investigate a puzzling trend: all the kids want Sputniks. Not until South Park did mainstream American TV show a cartoon Judeo-Christian God. In Ratz's film, cutting-edge science beats old-time religion. It was created for the Young Pioneers, a Communist youth organization for children 6 to 14.