I’m up! A few of my Blogger Mom Friends and I have been doing reviews on the ABC: 25 Days of Christmas Movies. I happily chose to do “The Year Without a Santa Claus” as its a favorite of mine.
Without further ado:
“The Year Without a Santa Claus” is a family classic for a couple of reasons. First of all its a claymation movie. Many of the holiday favorites are made this way: Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and now Nightmare before Christmas. In this movie Mickey Rooney voices Santa. It also tugs at kids who are on the fence about believing in Santa. While we don’t have that problem currently in this house, perhaps others are nearing that milestone.
The movie starts out with Santa feeling sick. He decides that because of how sick he feels, and his belief that children don’t believe anymore; that Christmas should be cancelled. Of course, this is where Mrs. Claus (voiced by Shirley Booth) steps in, and calls in head elves, Jingle and Jangle to prove Santa wrong. They take baby reindeer, Vixen on their mission, and that is when further turmoil takes its toll.
The Miser brothers shoot down Vixen, and the trio end up stranded in Southtown. Well, the elves are cited by the police, and Vixen (disguised as a dog) is taken to the pound. They run into a boy by the name of Ignatius Thistlewhite, who takes them to the mayor. Of course the mayor laughs and does not believe who they are, So, he agrees to let Vixen go, only if it snows on Christmas Day.
Mrs. Claus comes, picks up the two elves, and they make their way to see the Miser Brothers. Now of course this is mostly what this movie is known for. You may be living under a rock if you haven’t heard the Miser Brother’s theme songs. The first is Snow Miser who of course sings about how he is “Mister Snow”. Their songs are super catchy and always have our boys dancing around to them.
Well Snow Miser, agrees to let it Snow in Southland for one day, as long as he gets the North Pole. Mrs. Claus, Jingle, and Jangle then head over to Heat Miser. They listen to his song, and put in their request. Of course Heat Miser refuses to give up the North Pole, and the brothers end up fighting. Mrs. Claus then announces shes going over their heads. She goes to their Mom, who is none other than Mother Nature. Things are set straight after that, like any Mother would. She makes the boys compromise, and the trio head on their way.
Now while all of this is happening, Santa has gone in disguise to Southland. You didn’t think he was going to let little Vixen sit in a pound did you? He runs into Ignatius Thistlewhite and meets his family. It is during these moments he sees there are those that believe. After everyone returns to the North Pole, gifts start arriving, as children don’t want all the burden on Santa and the elves. They decide to send in their own things to be gifted!
Santa then receives a letter from a little girl. The little girl writes about how she will have a “blue Christmas” without Santa. Santa then decides that he must go on, and that Christmas should not be cancelled. He loads up the sleigh and Christmas goes on as planned. It also snows in Southland to the delight of all the residents, and shock of the mayor.
I highly recommend this movie to your families. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that some of these newer movies have,but its a classic. My boys already watched it twice, and I might already own it.
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