The Year Without a Santa Claus


The Year Without a Santa Claus

Critics Consensus

Have no fear! Mrs Claus spreads holiday cheer in The Year Without Santa, a holiday classic full of unforgettable songs and characters that stays true to the Christmas spirit.



Total Count: 21


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User Ratings: 5,059
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In Jules Bass' puppet-animated A Year Without A Santa Claus, an elf and a young boy have to rescue Santa from the evil Heat Meiser and Snow Meiser.


Shirley Booth
as Mrs. Claus
Mickey Rooney
as Santa Claus
Dick Shawn
as Snow Miser
George S. Irving
as Heat Miser
George S. Irving
as Heat Miser
Bob McFadden
as Jingle Bells
Rhoda Mann
as Mother Nature
Bradley Bolke
as Jangle Bells
Ron Marshall
as Mr. Thistlewhite
Colin Duffy
as Ignatius Thistlewhite
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Critic Reviews for The Year Without a Santa Claus

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

  • It's up to a pair of elves (Jingle Bells and Jangle Bells) to save the day. But first they have to get past Heat Miser and Snow Miser - the best Christmas baddies since the Grinch.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Truly terrible.

    Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The breakout stars were Heat Miser and Snow Miser, bitter rivals and brothers with control over the elements. Their jaunty tune ranks among the catchiest original songs that a Rankin-Bass production ever yielded.

    Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • While Jolly Old Saint Nick and his companions are featured quite heavily, Rankin-Bass still manages to sneak in a good helping of non-specific pagan deities.

    Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus features, among other glorious moments, the star turns of Heat Miser and Snow Miser. In their enormous big-band numbers, these brothers drive the happy show up to levels of near-hysterical hilarity.

    Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 1974's "The Year Without a Santa Claus" is a real favorite among the hard-core aficionados of its stop-motion specials. You've got the Heat Miser, the Snow Miser, plus the two elves, Jingle and Jangle. What's not to love?

    Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

    Henry Hanks
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Year Without a Santa Claus

  • Dec 15, 2010
    I enjoyed the Miser Brothers, but this wasn't something I watched as a kid, so I don't have a special place for it.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2010
    Another excellent Rankin and Bass Christmas special. Here, Santa decides to skip Christmas for a year. After all, he's sick and nobody appreciates his work anymore. Mrs. Claus isn't going to give up quite so easily, and with the help of Jingle and Jangle, they set about raising some Christmas cheer around the world. A lovely film about taking people and Christmas for granted. The stand-outs are Snow Miser and Heat Miser. Two bickering stepbrothers trying to spread their own brand of winter. There verbal fisticuffs are amusing, and their songs are catchy.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2010
    .Film 15 is another Rankin/Bass Production. This one is about the year Santa Claus wanted a holiday because kids stop believing in him and others didn't appreciate him. So Mrs. Claus to the rescue. The heat miser was a pretty cool figure. What's cool about these movies is the actors that Rankin/Bass Productions got to voice in this one had Mickey Rooney, and Shirley Booth (Hazel) along with a host of others. Never thought I would watch these as I didn't growing up and what surprised me more is I enjoyed them, 4 Stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2007
    Yeah, yeah, big tough man likes Santa Clausy kids movie. Go ahead & laugh....
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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