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William J. Keenan (teleplay)
Phyllis McGinley (novel)
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Release Date:
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)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Shirley Booth's last filmed acting project.See more »
Miscellaneous: During the "blue Christmas" song the little girl is writing the word blue Christmas with a crayon. As she writes the word Christmas, the letters appears to appear before she writes them.See more »
Mrs. Santa:Would you mind doing us a favor?
Heat Miser:I don't see why I should. No one ever does anything for me. What is it?
Mrs. Santa:Could you let it snow in the south for one day?
Mrs. Santa:Just for one day?
Heat Miser:NEVER.
[thinks for a few seconds]
Heat Miser:Hmmm... unless of course... there was... you know... something in it for me?
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Miser Brothers Rule!, 10 December 2004

OK, so this film came out 4 years before I even existed...I still absolutely love it! I've always adored the Rankin/Bass classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" but it hasn't been until more recent years that I began really getting into other Rankin/Bass movies. Rudolph will always be my favorite, but I think TYWASC is my next favorite, largely due to the Miser Brothers, Snow Miser and Heat Miser. They definitely steal the show! Their catchy theme songs will get stuck in your head, and you'll find yourself humming them! ("I'm Mr. White Christmas, I'm Mr. Snow...I'm Mr. Icicle, I'm Mr. Ten Below!") Other highlights in the movie is the absolutely adorable baby reindeer, Vixen, who falls ill after being subjected to the heat in South Town (but fully recovers!) and of course Ignatius (Iggy) who's the boy who learns to believe in Santa. I love the part when Mrs. Claus starts talking about Iggy and she says "nice name too," in kind of a sarcastic manner.(I think someone else mentioned that in an earlier post, but I have to agree, it's hilarious!) Over all, it's not an edge-of-your-seat thriller by far, but it's not meant to be. It's a nice classic Christmas tale with that stop-animation that Rankin and Bass are so famous for. I highly recommend this to children and adults alike. And if you don't like the movie as a whole, you can't help but love those Miser Brothers!

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