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The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

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It is amazing! THE SNOW MISER/ HEAT MISER SONG NEVER FAILS TO MAKE ME LAUGH MY HEAD OFF! ANYBODY WHO SAYS THIS FILM IS AWFUL COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG! Plot Santa Claus wakes up with a cold sometime before Christmas in the late 19th century. His doctor, who thinks nobody cares about him anymore, advises him to make some changes to his routine, so Santa decides to take a holiday instead of delivering gifts. Mrs. Claus unsuccessfully tries to convince him otherwise, so she enlists two elves named Jingle and Jangle to find proof that people still believe in Santa. Jingle and Jangle set out with Santa's youngest reindeer Vixen, but are shot down by crossfire between the conflicting Miser Brothers: Snow Miser, who controls the world's cold weather, and Heat Miser, who controls its warm weather. Vixen saves her guardian elves from falling to their doom and they continue on their uncertain path. Jingle, Jangle, and Vixen come upon Southtown, a small community in the southern United States. They ask a group of children, including a boy named Iggy, if they believe in Santa, but they are skeptical. To make matters worse, Vixen grows sick due to the warm weather and is sent to the local animal shelter after Jingle and Jangle disguise her as a dog. The town's police officer refers them to the town's mayor, who laughs at their story but agrees to free Vixen if they can prove they are elves by making it snow in Southtown on Christmas. Jingle and Jangle call Mrs. Claus to pick them up. As she leaves, Santa discovers Vixen is missing and travels to Southtown himself to retrieve her while disguised as a civilian named "Klaus". While there, he meets Iggy and his family. Klaus reveals his belief in Santa, and Iggy's father reveals that Santa personally visited him one Christmas, and he still believes as well. When Claus leaves to retrieve Vixen, Iggy realizes his true identity and resolves to help Jingle and Jangle. Iggy joins Mrs. Claus when she arrives to pick up Jingle and Jangle, and together they visit the Miser Brothers. They ask Snow Miser to send snow to Southtown for a day; he is agreeable but says he cannot as it is part of Heat Miser's territory. They then ask Heat Miser, who says he will only comply if Snow Miser turns the North Pole over to him in exchange. When the brothers begin bickering again, Mrs. Claus goes over their heads and visits their mother, Mother Nature, who convinces her sons to compromise. As Christmas approaches, the world's children send their own presents to Santa, setting off international headlines. Touched by the outpouring of generosity and appreciation, Santa decides to make his journey after all. On Christmas Eve, he makes a public stop in Southtown during a snowfall. The next day, the children, including Iggy, are delighted to receive their presents. As the special ends, Mrs. Claus narrates that somehow, "yearly, newly, faithfully and truly", Santa always comes. Santa is shown getting out of bed to prepare himself, his reindeer, and his gift-loaded sleigh, remarking he could never imagine "a year without a Santa Claus". Voice cast Shirley Booth as Mrs. Claus Mickey Rooney as Santa Claus Dick Shawn as Snow Miser George S. Irving as Heat Miser Bob McFadden as Jingle Bells, Elf Doctor Bradley Bolke as Jangle Bells, Police Officer Rhoda Mann as Mother Nature, Mrs. Thistlewhite Ron Marshall as Mr. Thistlewhite, Mayor of Southtown Colin Duffy as Ignatius "Iggy" Thistlewhite Noelle Magargle as the Blue Christmas Girl The Wee Winter Singers as the Children Choir Songs "Sleigh Ride" (instrumental) "The Year Without a Santa Claus" "I Could Be Santa Claus" "I Believe in Santa Claus" "It's Gonna Snow Right Here in Dixie" "The Snow Miser Song" "The Heat Miser Song" "Blue Christmas" "Sleigh Ride" (instrumental) "Here Comes Santa Claus" "The Year Without a Santa Claus (reprise)"
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This movie is so underrated it’s so good
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