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The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  10 December 1974 (USA)
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When a weary and discouraged Santa Claus considers skipping his Christmas Eve run one year, Mrs. Claus and his Elves set out to change his mind.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mrs. Santa (voice)
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Santa Claus (voice)
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Snow Miser (voice)
George S. Irving ...
Heat Miser (voice)
Bob McFadden ...
Jingle Bells (voice)
Rhoda Mann ...
Mother Nature (voice)
Bradley Bolke ...
Jangle Bells (voice)
Ron Marshall ...
Colin Duffy ...
Christine Winter ...
The Wee Winter Singers ...
Chorus (voice)
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Storyline

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 Kathy Li

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Unrated

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10 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mikulás szabadságon  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the 2nd Rankin/Bass Christmas special where Mickey Rooney voiced Santa Clause. The first being Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970). See more »

Goofs

While it is evident that Heat Miser allowed snow to fall on Southtown, there is no indication Snow Miser allowed warm, springlike weather on the North Pole in return. See more »

Quotes

Snow Miser: So, Mrs. C., how's your hubby?
Mrs. Santa: Not too good, Snowy, he's got a bad cold.
Snow Miser: Aw, that's a shame. He should've come to see me, I'd've given him a good one. HO HA HO... a little chilly humor, there.
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Connections

Followed by Frosty Returns (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Year Without A Santa Claus
Words & music by Billy Hayes & Jay Johnson
Performed by The Wee Winter Singers
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A Christmas Special that REALLY Rocks
2 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I admit it!!! I am one of those grown ups (a Generation Xer to be exact)who has never really fully grown up-at least not when it comes to watching Christmas Specials like this one. I have this on DVD now and plan to collect all the Rankin Bass Specials in addition to the Charlie Brown Holiday specials.

A Year Without a Santa Claus is just great. You can't beat it in my opinion. I agree with all the other comments that the Miser Brothers are the highlight of the special and should be mentioned whenever this special is marketed. But unlike some of the other comments, I liked the ENTIRE story. Another person who commented, Oldra, seems to hit the nail on the head about the song "So You Don't Believe in Santa Claus". Call me silly, but my eyes get just a "little wet" whenever Ignatious's Father and Mr. "Clouse" start singing to him about the existence of Santa Claus. Even though in real life, a man does not come down chimneys in a red suit to deliver presents, the symbolism of what Santa stands for what the song is trying to convey-and it does a very good job in my opinion!!! To quote the song, "Just believe in Santa Claus, like you believe in Love, and just believe in Santa Claus, and everything he does". Happy Holidays and beyond!


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