The Year Without a Santa Claus


The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)


Critic 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.


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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.


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Critic Reviews for The Year Without a Santa Claus

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

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…

What's more fun than stop-motion animated holiday movies? Absolutely nothing... It also features a badass Mrs. Claus basically trying to save Christmas.

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…

Audience Reviews for The Year Without a Santa Claus

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 Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

.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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Mickey Rooney's voice was not right for the part, but the Heatmiser and Snowmiser songs are so catchy that they make up for it.

Andrew Fillmore
Andrew Fillmore

Super Reviewer


this is a Christmas classic. rankin and bass put out all of the specials that my family watches two or three times every december and this is one of them, great show.

danny d
danny d

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