One of Motown’s biggest Christmas classics, The Jackson 5’s ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,’ has been brought to life with a new animated video illustrating the magic of the holiday season.
In the new clip for ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,’ a child can’t believe her eyes as she catches her mom smooching ol’ Saint Nick underneath the mistletoe. Created by creative agency Ride Or Cry, the videos feature a blend of live action and animation for a nostalgic, period-setting salute. You can check the video out below.
The new Jackson 5 video is the latest in the on-going series from UMe, Universal Music Group’s global catalogue company, which has partnered with legendary artists and estates to create vibrant new visuals for holiday songs that have never before had a video.
‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ first appeared on the Jackson 5 Christmas Album, released in October 1970, which also features the band’s hit single version of ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’. The Jackson 5’s versions of both songs remain frequent radio requests during the Christmas season. The album spent all four weeks at the number one position on Billboard magazine’s special Christmas Albums chart that the magazine published in December 1970, making it the best-selling Christmas album of that year and also of 1972.
UMe’s new, animated video initiative launched earlier this month and also includes animated clips for Bobby Helms’ ‘Jingle Bell Rock,’ Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,’ Burl Ives’ ‘Holly Jolly Christmas,’ Dean Martin’s ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’ and Frank Sinatra’s ‘Jingle Bells.’
Three distinct looks, encompassing “Classics,” “Rat Pack” and “Motown,” each with their own unique style, art direction and vibe, have been created by three different animation studios to celebrate these timeless tunes, all chosen for their enduring popularity and sustained performance on both radio and streaming platforms year after year.