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The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

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

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Mrs. Santa (voice)
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Santa Claus (voice)
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Snow Miser (voice)
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Heat Miser (voice)
Bob McFadden ...
Jingle Bells (voice)
Rhoda Mann ...
Mother Nature (voice)
Bradley Bolke ...
Jangle Bells (voice)
Ron Marshall ...
Mr. Thistlewhite (voice)
Colin Duffy ...
Ignatius Thistlewhite (voice)
Christine Winter ...
Blue Christmas girl (voice)
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:

El año sin Santa Claus  »

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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 Claus. The first being Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970). See more »

Goofs

When the gang leaves Snow Miser's place, Jingle Bells's clock reads 11:45. While the gang is at Heat Miser's place, Jingle Bells's clock reads 10:30. See more »

Quotes

Santa Claus: All right. What are you up to?
Mrs. Santa: Up to? Do I look like I'm up to something?
Santa Claus: No, you don't look like you're up to something, but whenever you look like you're not up to ANYTHING, you're up to something.
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Connections

Followed by Frosty Returns (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

I Believe in Santa Claus
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Mickey Rooney and Ron Marshall
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Love Them Misers
8 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I find this holiday made-for-T.V. movie to be one of the more charming of its kind, maybe because it's not as well known as "Rudolph" and "Frosty" and other holiday perennials.

In this one, Santa (voiced by Mickey Rooney, who also did Santa honors in "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town") decides he's had enough of Christmas and those who don't appreciate him and cancels the holiday. Mrs. Claus (voiced by Shirley Booth) decides it's up to her to prove to Santa how much everyone still loves and admires him, so she sends off two elves on an around-the-world fact-finding mission to compile evidence of a belief in Santa and what he stands for. From there, the plot goes all over the place and nothing makes a whole lot of sense, but it's all harmless enough. The film's biggest selling point, of course, are the miser brothers, Heat and Snow, who each get a showstopping burlesque number complete with mini back up singers. I wish these two had been given a Christmas movie of their own.

Grade: A-


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