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The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  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

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 »

Quotes

Heat Miser: Oh, some like it hot, but I like it REALLY hot.
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Connections

Referenced in Shrek Forever After (2010) 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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User Reviews

This is it - Heat Miser and Snow Miser!!
12 December 1998 | by (New Haven, Connecticut) – See all my reviews

Almost everyone who was a child in the US during the early to mid-70s seems to remember that Christmas special with Heat Miser and Snow Miser, but no one can remember the title, or much else about the show. After finally tracking it down and watching it again after all these years, I can understand why. The non-Miser Brothers parts don't hold up so well for this adult, at least. I guess the thought of a sulky, depressed Santa isn't as dramatic as it seemed when I was five. However, my brother and I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to sing along again with "He's Mister Heat Miser, he's Mister Sun...."

It's a mystery to me why the folks marketing the video give only a plot summary on the package with no mention of what kids find most memorable. This is also true of most the guides to holiday viewing in the entertainment magazines. Hint to marketing people: make sure you advertise this as the one with Heat Miser and Snow Miser in it, and everyone born between about '66 and '72 will be buying it for their kids, if not themselves.


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