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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

This is the 2nd Rankin/Bass Christmas special where Mickey Rooney voiced Santa Claus. The first being Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970). See more »

Goofs

In the Blue Christmas song, the girl draws green decorations on a blue Christmas tree to the lyrics "decorations of red on a green Christmas tree" . 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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Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Batman and Robin (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Believe in Santa Claus
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Performed by Mickey Rooney and Ron Marshall
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Miser Brothers Rule!
10 December 2004 | by melbatoast78See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Year Without a Santa Claus See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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