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William J. Keenan (teleplay)
Phyllis McGinley (novel)
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10 December 1974 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Jules Bass 
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William J. Keenan  teleplay (as William Keenan)
Phyllis McGinley  novel

Produced by
Jules Bass .... producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Maury Laws 
Production Design by
Paul Coker Jr. 
Production Management
Ichirô Komuro .... production supervisor
Akikazu Kôno .... production supervisor
Sound Department
John Curcio .... sound
Don Hahn .... sound
Bob Elder .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Music Department
Jules Bass .... lyricist
Maury Laws .... musical director
Other crew
Don Duga .... continuity

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51 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Shirley Booth's last filmed acting project.See more »
Continuity: When Jingle Bells, Jangle Bells, and Iggie are sitting on the bench after Santa went to the pound, Jingle Bells clock's hands are pointing at 10 and 2 in the first shot, and then they change to 10 and 6 in the next.See more »
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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Beloved Christmas Cartoon, 19 November 1998
Author: Oldred from Virginia

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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