The Year Without a Santa Claus

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This 1974 Christmas special from Rankin/Bass Productions features a stop-motion-animated story of a Christmas holiday endangered by Santa Claus' illness. A team of Santa's elves and reindeer must do what they can to save Christmas in the face of adversity. The show features the classic Heat Miser/Cold Miser musical number and includes Mickey Rooney as the voice of Santa Claus. The special originally aired on the ABC broadcast network, and it has aired annually since, including recent showings on the Freeform cable network.

Warner Bros.
1 Season, 2 Episodes
December 10, 1974
Animation & Cartoon
7.8/10
Cast: Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving
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  • At the North Pole, the Christmas rush is on. Everyone from elves to reindeer are merrily preparing for Santa Claus's yearly sleigh ride. Everyone except Santa! Feeling forgotten by the children of the world, old St. Nick decides to skip his gift-giving journey and take a vacation. Eager to help, Mrs. Claus and two spunky little elves set out to see to where all the season's cheer has disappeared. / Special Feature #1: Stop-Motion masters the Chiodo brothers show how it's done step by step. / Special Feature #2: Profiling Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass.

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