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The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

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.

Writers:

William J. Keenan (teleplay) (as William Keenan), Phyllis McGinley (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Booth ... Mrs. Santa (voice)
Mickey Rooney ... Santa Claus (voice)
Dick Shawn ... Snow Miser (voice)
George S. Irving ... Heat Miser (voice)
Bob McFadden Bob McFadden ... Jingle Bells (voice)
Rhoda Mann Rhoda Mann ... Mother Nature (voice)
Bradley Bolke Bradley Bolke ... Jangle Bells (voice)
Ron Marshall Ron Marshall ... Mr. Thistlewhite (voice)
Colin Duffy Colin Duffy ... Ignatius Thistlewhite (voice)
Christine Winter Christine Winter ... Blue Christmas girl (voice)
The Wee Winter Singers 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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Trivia

The names of the reindeer are consistent with the Clement Moore poem and other sources. Vixen is the baby reindeer who takes Jingle & Jangle to Southtown (and gets sick). Dasher is the one who takes Santa down to Southtown and back. Finally, Blitzen takes Mrs. Claus to pick up Iggy & the Elves and then to visit the Mizer Brothers. See more »

Goofs

When it shows the night sky, the fishing line used to hold up the stars in the background are visible. See more »

Quotes

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?
Heat Miser: WHAT? SNOW IN THE SOUTH?
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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Connections

Referenced in In Living Color: Undigable Hosts (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Snow Miser
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Dick Shawn
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Very enjoyable
24 October 2016 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

The Year Without a Santa Claus is a 1974 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The story is based on Phyllis McGinley's 1956 book of the same name, illustrated by Kurt Werth. It was originally broadcast on December 10, 1974 on ABC.

This could be a sequel to "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" and it is in a spiritual way. Their is however isn't. The animation is different and the elves in this special are not the same elves we see in "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". It is however produced by the same company (Rankin/Bass) and Mickey Rooney voices "Santa" in this special as well.

Now in this film "Santa" decides to not deliver presents this year because he sees that people no longer have "Christmas Spirit" and no longer believe in Santa.

In an effort to save Christmas Mrs. Claus dispatches two elves out into the world to prove to Santa wrong.

Now this special has the now classic songs from "The Heatmiser" and "Mr Snow". There is however 2 other songs that should of been cut or re-worked. Then again that is just my opinion

This special is a true classic. To call it "One of the crown jewels of Holiday Programming" would not do it justice. It is one of the finest programs ever produced for TV.

This special really gained a huge following once it hit Home Video. ABC held the rights for TV broadcast for years but seldom aired the special. After it became obvious that this special was loved by millions ABC began running it again on "ABC FAMILY" and the "ABC Network". The same thing happened with "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" that special was also returned to the ABC Network because of its huge following. That special was syndicated for years. ABC has now re- gained broadcasting rights.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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