Thursday, December 3, 2009

He's Mister White Christmas, he's Mister Snow. He's Mr. Icicle, he's Mister 10 below.

Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.

Well one of the last truly memorable and non sequel (although debatable) of the Bass/Renkin stop motion animated TV movies was The Year Without A Santa Claus. Based on the original 1956 short story by Phyllis McGinley, Bass/Renkin made this on the heels of their hit Santa Claus is coming to town and featured other staples of the Bass/Renkin series Nestor the long eared donkey and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (aka the mario of Christmas movies)

The story is narrated and told through the perspective of Mrs. Claus. Sometime in the 1920s Santa Claus gets really sick and decides to take a year off from doing all the Christmas stuff. Knowing full well that his elves and his wife can handle it he is sure that the holiday will be a nice vacation for him. He also takes some time off because he believes people are losing faith in the idea of Santa Claus. Distraught Mrs. Claus sends Jingle and Jangle (two head elves) out into the world to find believers in Santa. When they arrive in the Southern United States though they run into trouble as Vixen gets mistaken for a dog and taken to the pound. The only way the skeptical mayor will give in and let them and Vixen go free is if they make it snow. Needless to say that causes problems since THESE two wont comprimise:

Well eventually they do compromise and everyone has a good Christmas.

While not as good as Frosty, Rudolph, or Santa Claus is coming to town, The Year Without a Santa is extremly entertaining and introduced two of THE most famous winter characters of all time: the Miser brothers. Definetly worth a look if you havent seen it.


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