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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.

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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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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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Trivia

Shirley Booth's last filmed acting project. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs.Claus is talking about how all the children from around the world made gifts for Santa, she says that kids came east, west, north, and south to give presents to Santa. No one goes south to get to the north pole. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Santa: No fighting, you two.
Snow Miser: Well, if I can't have any fun I might as well leave.
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Soundtracks

Here Comes Santa Claus
Written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
Performed by The Wee Winter Singers
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This is it - Heat Miser and Snow Miser!!
12 December 1998 | by PodunkSkywalkerSee all my reviews

Almost everyone who was a child in the US during the early to mid-70s seems to remember that Christmas special with Heat Miser and Snow Miser, but no one can remember the title, or much else about the show. After finally tracking it down and watching it again after all these years, I can understand why. The non-Miser Brothers parts don't hold up so well for this adult, at least. I guess the thought of a sulky, depressed Santa isn't as dramatic as it seemed when I was five. However, my brother and I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to sing along again with "He's Mister Heat Miser, he's Mister Sun...."

It's a mystery to me why the folks marketing the video give only a plot summary on the package with no mention of what kids find most memorable. This is also true of most the guides to holiday viewing in the entertainment magazines. Hint to marketing people: make sure you advertise this as the one with Heat Miser and Snow Miser in it, and everyone born between about '66 and '72 will be buying it for their kids, if not themselves.


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