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Writers:
William J. Keenan (teleplay)
Phyllis McGinley (novel)
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Release Date:
10 December 1974 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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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A Holiday Classic that gets to the heart of Christmas' big cheese See more (32 total) »

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Directed by
Jules Bass 
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
 
Writing credits
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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
 
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Don Duga .... continuity
 

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51 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Jessica/Mrs. Claus has red hair in Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970) (TV), while Mrs. Claus in this film has red highlights.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Snow Miser refers to Heat Miser as his step-brother. Heat Miser refers to Snow Miser as his brother. When Mother Nature summons the Misers, each addresses her as "Mother". If Heat Miser is Snow Miser's step-brother, Mother Nature is either Snow Miser's mother or Heat Miser's mother, but she cannot be mother to both.See more »
Quotes:
Snow Miser:So, Mrs. C., how's your hubby?
Mrs. Santa:Not too good, Snowy, he's got a bad cold.
Snow Miser:Aw, that's a shame. He should've come to see me, I'd've given him a good one. HO HA HO... a little chilly humor, there.
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Holiday Classic that gets to the heart of Christmas' big cheese, 3 August 2006
Author: beccad90 from United States

Based on the book by Phyllis McKinley, The Year Without a Santa Claus really gets to the heart of Christmas. It's a fun, 'what if tale' that commences when, one year, Santa (Mickey Rooney) has lost heart because he believes the world no longer believes in him, so he decides to takes the holiday off. But Mrs. Clause (Shirley Booth) won't have it, so she sends two of Santa's finest, but clumsiest elves and a young reindeer to Earth to find someone that truly believes...but she also has ways of helping out herself.

So, why is this special so dear to me? Well, for one thing it's an interesting, what if spin on Christmas, about Santa taking a year off and Mrs. Claus finally taking center stage and taking on the challenge of returning the Christmas spirit to her once-jolly husband. Furthermore, the characters are all fun and interesting, but there is one...sorry, two, that seem to stand out not only for me, but the rest of the Rankin/Bass fans out there.

Introducing the Miser Brothers, those two rapscallions who control hot and cold climate under the watchful eye of Mother Nature herself. Snow Miser, who controls snow, hale, and overall chilly weather is carefree and easygoing, having a great enthusiasm for all things below 32 degrees. His stepbrother, Heat Miser, is the complete opposite: a temperamental windbag who controls all things warm, like the sun, volcanos, and generally blistering heat. The two are opposite forces, often butting heads, but do take to Mrs. Claus' pleas to bring cold weather to a town under Heat Miser's Territory...with a little 'persuasion' from Mother Nature herself, of course.

Overall, check this movie out and get into the holiday spirit!

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