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The Year Without a Santa Claus

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All are preparing for Santa Claus's sleigh ride, except Santa who decides to take a vacation! / 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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  1. 1. The Year Without a Santa Claus
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    December 10 1974
    1 h 17 min
    English [CC]
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    All are preparing for Santa Claus's sleigh ride, except Santa who decides to take a vacation! / 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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9978 global ratings

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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is the Blu-ray version to get. No missing scenes.
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My first review got deleted and I have no idea why. It was a 100% positive review. LOL :) Maybe because I listed the specific 'you pee see' code for this product so people knew which version to get? I did it because Amazon lumps the reviews for different video formats all together and it can get confusing on which version to buy. They aren't all the same ... some have scenes cut, different soundtracks, etc etc, and there is a lot of negative comments about the versions of this movie with deleted scenes.

So ... here is what I originally wrote, minus the you pee see code.


Sometimes it's hard to tell which version of movie to get with the way Amazon lumps together all the reviews for different formats.

This review is for the Blu-ray version. (This line edited to remove you pee see.)

I recently watched this on TV and was shocked, and quite honestly, offended at all the scenes that were deleted. They ruined a very special memory from my childhood and that's what prompted me to come to Amazon to try and find the uncut versions of the Rankin Bass Christmas classics.

The Amazon description says it is Widescreen but it is not quite. In order for it to look right, I have to set my TV to Widescreen, but it doesn't fill the whole screen if that makes sense.

For those looking for the complete, uncut, full original soundtrack version of The Year Without A Santa Claus on Blu ray, this is the version to get. It looks as good as it will ever look, which is pretty darn good.

All the scenes people complain about being deleted are here.

This also has Rudolph's Shiny New Year and Nestor The Long Eared Christmas Donkey as bonus movies. Both of those look great as well and appear to be the full uncut, unedited versions that originally aired on TV.
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C. GregoryReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Memories still alive and well
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First this Christmas special is an all-time classic. It's just as enthralling to watch now as it was when I was young. What I didn't know when I ordered this was that it comes with two more specials as well. Rudolph's Shiny New Year and Nestor the Long-eared Donkey. it was a pleasant surprise as I had been looking for both on blu ray and wondered why it wasn't available. I'm not sure why they weren't listed in the product description. It wasn't listed in the special features on the back it was actually in the episode description part. I had owned this before on blu ray but the blu ray got stolen (long story) and well I don't remember that one having the extra specials with it. So maybe this has been newly added? The picture and sound are great but with flaws as one might expect with animation this old. But it's still phenomenal to watch and it still has the charm and style one comes to expect from a Rankin Bass special. I'd highly recommend this. I would have recommended it if it were just the feature I ordered. But with the extra specials, it's a definite must have. We need to share the traditions and the morality plays we grew up with as kids with the kids of this generation. In this day and age kids need to be reminded of simpler times, when just sitting around the tv watching a special like this with your family was part of the holiday tapestry and tradition. Let's pass on what we love to the younger generation. They will be pleased when they see it, they probably just don't know it exists. So we need to show them.
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The ArchitectReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
No CGI and good wholesome old school fun
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Here's the thing with these old school Christmas animation movies. They were and still are tradition, though the new lot of children aren't as enthusiastic as we were when these type of movies came on our local network TV slots, they are looked forward to.
My wife and I are in our 40s now and our kids (millenials) are off in "computer stupid land" -we watch these types of movies traditionally and reminisce on the old days and better days before technology infected our nation.
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Stan HeckReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
3 Timeless Classics
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A year after delivering Christmas presents, Santa Claus receives a letter from his friend Father Time asking for help to find Happy the Baby New Year before midnight on New Year's Eve, or else it will be December 31 forever. Santa sends Rudolph out to find him. An evil vulture called Eon the Terrible is supposed to live for exactly one Eon after which he will turn into ice and snow and disintegrate. As his particular Eon will end January 1 of the New Year, he plans to kidnap Happy to keep the year from ending and stop time, thus preventing his predestined death

This Rankin/Bass Production is a sequel to the beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Where the original had heart and charm to spare this special offers nothing inventive. (Besides if you knew you were going to die wouldn't you do everything you could to prevent it).

I fully understand why Rankin-Bass would want to make another Holiday Special that featured Rudolph. However that special was told with more heart than this. It gave us such memorable characters and songs that they have become part the fabric of Christmas itself.

Over the years other "Rudolph" sequels followed but none of them ever has captured the pure joy of that classic cartoon.

This special isn't too bad but compared to the original it comes across as cold and distant.

The Year Without a Santa is a Classic and should be seen by all. The Year Without a Santa Claus is a 1974 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The story is based on Phyllis McGinley's 1956 book of the same name, illustrated by Kurt Werth. It was originally broadcast on December 10, 1974 on ABC.

This could be a sequel to "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" and it is in a spiritual way. Their is however isn't. The animation is different and the elves in this special are not the same elves we see in "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". It is however produced by the same company (Rankin/Bass) and Mickey Rooney voices "Santa" in this special as well.

Now in this film "Santa" decides to not deliver presents this year because he sees that people no longer have "Christmas Spirit" and no longer believe in Santa.

In an effort to save Christmas Mrs. Claus dispatches two elves out into the world to prove to Santa wrong.

Now this special has the now classic songs from "The Heatmiser" and "Mr Snow". There is however 2 other songs that should of been cut or re-worked. Then again that is just my opinion

This special is a true classic. To call it "One of the crown jewels of Holiday Programming" would not do it justice. It is one of the finest programs ever produced for TV.

This special really gained a huge following once it hit Home Video. ABC held the rights for TV broadcast for years but seldom aired the special. After it became obvious that this special was loved by millions ABC began running it again on "ABC FAMILY" and the "ABC Network". The same thing happened with "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" that special was also returned to the ABC Network because of its huge following. That special was syndicated for years. ABC has now re- gained broadcasting rights.

Nestor the Long Ear Christmas Donkey is not as well known as the others but it is still a gem.. In this special a donkey that helps brings Mary to Bethlehem. His deformity becomes an asset to mankind
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Elizabeth PyattReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nice Bonus Features
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I admit to buying this so I could watch the Miser Brother songs (and Mother Nature) every year, but the bonus features actually include Rudolph's Shiny New Year and Nestor the Long Eared Donkey. They also include the expected documentary features about Rankin & Bass and another about stop motion animation. And for the record, the Rankin Bass creators declare that the Miser Brothers are one of the most iconic parts of the canon.
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CaptainReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
No artwork on the Blu-Ray
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This review is on the disc itself, not the movie which is 5 stars. I purchased the first Blu-Ray release of The Year Without a Santa Clause and it had the same artwork on it as the DVD. No problems. This release however has no artwork on the disc at all. This penny pinching approach is made even more disgraceful as this R&B film is one of the most expensive to purchase of their films. BUT WAIT, it gets worse. The disc is far more transparent than any other non-art Blu-Ray I have ever seen. You can easily read through it! This makes it far more prone to read errors by the laser, and will vary by player. Find the first Blu-Ray release with the artwork or be prepared....
KellyReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a classic!
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I've started a tradition with my grandkids for each home I make a "Night Before Christmas" box. In it, I put hot chocolate packets, popcorn, new pjs for each child, and a new Christmas DVD of some sort. I did ask my kids(the parents) if they had a preference just to see what they said. My youngest wanted this. It made me happy to be able to share a classic like this with my grandkids that I know their mom loves too. If you haven't seen this one, watch it and share it with your kids. I loved it when I was a kid, so did my kids. Now my grandkids too! It's the full version I watched when I was 8 in 1974, and it has extra Christmas bonus features too. Score! [[ASIN:B000S0PLGA The Year Without a Santa Claus (Deluxe Edition)]]
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Billie KReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Relive a Christmas Favorite
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This movie is a blast from the past. We grew up watching The Year Without Santa Claus and since it only is played during the Christmas season and we wanted to make sure our kids got a chance to see it we purchased it here. The disc is DVD only, no blu-ray but it is just the same as watching it on TV but without commercials.

What is nice is that this DVD is the deluxe edition so not only do you get The Year without a Santa Claus, you also get two other movies: Rudolph's Shiny New Year and Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. I had never seen these other movies but they proved to be just as fun and will become Christmas staples in our house.
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