I suppose that "Santa Claus" also comes across as a bit off-kilter when it comes to that mythology we think we all know: in it, Santa lives in a castle in the clouds, assisted by a sampling of singing children from around the world. The children from Mexico show up last, right before the first commercial break: the scene does drag on a bit. A devil named Pitch is dispatched to turn the children of the world (although mostly from Mexico) against Santa, but the impoverished yet faithful Lupita ("She is aggressively cute.") resists his urging to steal a doll. Eventually, Santa descends from his castle in a sleigh drawn by rather disturbing clockwork reindeer to outwit Pitch's best efforts and deliver presents and good cheer to the children of the world (although mostly in Mexico). There's one subplot involving a boy living in a very fancy house who wants most of all his parents to return from their nightclub life for Christmas; combined with Lupita's story, the movie gets strangely socio-economic right around the time the same holiday music being repeated in the soundtrack starts to get a little obvious. ("Santa's laughter mocks the poor!")
In some ways, the "riffing" doesn't seem to treat the movie as all that terrible, just strange, and that's acceptable enough for me. The "host segments" get off to a start involving a carolling Mike spilling hot chocolate on Crow, resulting in a frenzied reaction that knocks everyone over and leaves Crow's yellow ping-pong ball eyes popped out on the desk; I suppose this might have contributed to a suspicion I'm convinced at times some fans had at the start of Mike's tenure, that his connection to the robots was somehow "nasty" in a way that soon made them abandon the show. However, we also get two musical numbers, as if in response to "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" featuring "Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas," and ends with a snowfall in space and Santa Claus battling Pitch down in Deep 13.