The Mailman decides to stop another deluge of letters by answering questions about the Easter Bunny: Sunny, a baby rabbit found and adopted by Kidville (a town of only kids--even a kid ... See full summary »
An animated, magical, musical version of Dickens' timeless classic "A Christmas Carol." The nearsighted Mr. Magoo doesn't have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the ... See full summary »
When the Evil Toy Taker takes all of Santa's toys, it's up to Rudolph and his friends Hermey, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman "Bumbles" to stop him and bring Christmas to the children of the world.
William R. Kowalchuk Jr.
Jamie Lee Curtis,
Highlighted by Harry Connick, Jr. as the animated narrator, "The Happy Elf" tells the story of Eubie the Elf, one of Santa's helpers whose overly enthusiastic, rose-colored view of the ... See full summary »
Mrs. Claus tells us about the time Santa had a bad cold and decided to take a vacation from Christmas. Two of his elves, Jingle Bells and Jangle Bells decided to go out (with Vixen) to find children to convince Santa that the Christmas spirit is still important to everybody else. But they have to get past Heat Miser and Snow Miser, first, before they land in Southtown, USA, where it never snows for Christmas. But the Miser Brothers can't agree to let it snow in Southtown. But Mrs. Santa knows their mom--Mother Nature. Written by
In the scene where Heatmiser eats two pieces of fire, a fishing line used to suspend the second piece of fire he eats is clearly visible. See more »
And for what? Just to deliver presents to a bunch of folks who don't give a hoot in the first place.
Now, now, Doctor. It's not just presents and you know it. What about all that Christmas spirit and good will?
If you had any sense, you'd give it up as a bad job and stay home in bed this year.
Oh come now, if Santa stayed home, why there would be no Christmas.
Who cares? Nobody cares about Christmas anymore.
Of course not. Wouldn't surprise me none if nobody even believed in you ...
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If you were alive and cognizant during the 1970's, you must remember the "Heat Miser" and "Snow Miser" songs, but less remembered is one other... "So you don't believe in Santa Claus", which is, imho, one of the most important that Rankin & Bass ever produced. It is about faith backed with personal experience, but in a non-religious-specific way that everyone can relate to alike. The only other Rankin/Bass special that even comes close is "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", and its song about belief in the world's true magic, a belief that some children hold and most adults sadly do not.
The animation in "The Year Without A Santa Claus" is stop-motion in the tradition of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", and "Rudolph's Shiny New Year". I call this a must see for every child -- and adult.
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