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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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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Santa (voice)
Santa Claus (voice)
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)


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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10 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mikulás szabadságon  »

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Beloved Christmas Cartoon
19 November 1998 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

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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