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LiveActionYearWithoutASanta DVD

The cover to the WHV DVD release.

The Year Without a Santa Claus is the NBC TV movie adaptation of Phyllis McGinley's original 1957 illustrated book of the same name, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Rankin/Bass/ABC production of the same name. It premiered on December 11, 2006.

Synopsis

SPOILER: Plot details or story follow.
This movie follows the premise as the original book and the special: Santa Claus, disillusioned by children's lack of belief in him and in the spirit of giving, decides not to deliver toys this Christmas Eve, despite the arguments by Mrs. Claus and two of his helper-elves, Jingle and Jangle. They decide to provide Santa with some proof that children still believe and that they still deserve toys from Santa, so the elves visit the United States in search of Christmas spirit.

At first, they face only setbacks, both in South Town, which is celebrating its annual Winter Festival, and in their dealings with the jealous, competitive Miser Brothers, who refuse to compromise long enough to permit a Christmas snow in the southern town. Finally, Santa's faith in children is renewed with the help of a boy named Iggy Thistlewhite.

Spoilers end here.

Differences from the original special

The most obvious differences are in the setting, which is moved to the 21st century present day, and the music, which is all but gone. Only the iconic "Miser" songs are retained (though they are mixed together, and instead of being sung when the Misers are approached, the song is sung during their feud).

The remake also includes two subplots which did not appear in the Rankin/Bass version: The commercial coup of Santa's toy-making operation by the ambitious elf Sparky, who wants a more modern and lucrative approach; and the family troubles of Iggy. His father (who is also the mayor in this remake) is too busy to focus on his family, even at Christmas. Mayor Thistlewhite is a foil both for Santa, in his journey to rediscover the Christmas spirit, and for Sparky, in his efforts to sell out the town's historic district to an out-of-town commercial enterprise. In addition, the movie attempts to give more depth to the relationship between Mrs. Claus and Santa. Another difference is that it is Santa who sees the Miser Brothers about having it snow in South Town instead of Mrs. Claus. Like in the original, the brothers refuse to cooperate, but change their minds when Santa threatens to go to their mother.

A number of pop-culture references pepper the script, including a glimpse of the original special on Jingle's portable TV. Faced with the prospect of losing his job because of Santa's retirement, Jingle muses that he could go to work for his cousin, who is a dentist; this is a reference to Hermey from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The script also works in a reference to A Christmas Story: When a disgruntled marksman tells Santa he wanted a gun last Christmas, Santa flatly remarks, "You would've shot your eye out, kid!" Then he comically mimics the marksman having (hypothetically) done just that.

Songs

Cast

Actor/actress(es) Character(s)
John Goodman Santa Claus
Chris Kattan Sparky
Ethan Suplee Jangle
Dylan Minnette Iggy Thistlewhite
Eddie Griffin Jangle Bells
Delta Burke Mrs. Claus
Harvey Fierstein Heat Miser
Marcus Lyle Brown Officer Jefferson
Michael McKean Snow Miser
Aaron Beelner Ring Announcer
Jody Thompson Clop
Andrea Powell Julie Kadlubowski-Sanchez
Matthew Carroll Dog catcher
Carol Kane Mother Nature
Jack Watkins Boothe
Todd Terry Wilkes
Jack LaLanne Hercules
Eric Gipson Power Elf #1
Carson Kressley Elf Costumer
Tina Parker Artemis
Mitchel Baker unknown
Hunter BallardSchool Boy
David BlackwellDr. Broadbeam
Dodie BrownFestival booth owner
Mellinda CraigWife of Officer Varmit
Meagan CrewsIzzy's friend
Namaiya CunninghamToddler at festival
John F. DanielChristmas Festival Worker
Brooke DevenneyCraft booth worker in festival
Laine DubrocFestival Goer
Fred E. EllisDrunk santa
Dustin EstisNorth Pole Elf
Dorcas Everette unknown
Odessa SykesReporter
Travis FontenotFestival Goer
Chris FreihoferSparky's Attorney
Lara GriceRachel Thistlewhite
Holli Hicks
Daniel Magill
Cheryl Wicker
Elf
Mya HollowayToddler in snow at festival
Parker HollowayBoy with clown at festival
Rebecca HollowayMom at arcade - Token Town
Denver HoughtonChild in Gift Wrapping Booth
Pamela HoughtonGift wrap booth owner
Deborah R. JonesJournalist
Lori KnightonFestival visitor
Daniel LachmanSouthtown citizen
Amber Dawn LandrumBlonde Jingle Jangle Girl
Chelsea LewisGirl at festival
Jay MartinChristmas Festival Kid
Mike MartindaleFestival/Restaurant Patron
John McConnellDog catcher
Steven MiramontzPinstripe Elf
Noelle MonteleoneGleam
Rebecca NewmanFestival shopper
Desi PageStudent
Desiree PageStudent
Ashley-Anne ParkerToken Town Employee
Festival patron
Laura Schlessinger unknown
Raleigh L. Shelton IITeddy bear buyer
Kayla ShoemakerGirl at festival
Billy SlaughterNerd elf
Alexis SmithFestival goer
Nicholas SmithGift wrapper
Robert C. TreveilerMayor Thistlewhite
Lana UnderwoodFemale tv reporter
Taylor VosburyGirl student
Tracey WalterAbominable snowman
Maya WatermanMedusa
Amanda WeisnerHeat Miser boxing fan
Brent WeisnerSnow Miser boxing fan
Uncredited actor(s)/actress(es)
Austin BartonBoy in Gift Wrap Booth
Barry BartonGift Wrap Booth Owner
Rendell BryceTownsman
Andrei ConstantinescuSnow Miser Fan
Tyler KriegExtra
Cynthia RiserReporter

External links

The Year without a Santa Claus (2006 film)

Warner Bros.
Movies
Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas in ConnecticutGremlinsLethal WeaponNational Lampoon's Christmas VacationJack FrostFred Claus
New Line Cinema ElfThe Nativity StoryFour ChristmasesA Very Harold & Kumar 3D ChristmasThe Conjuring 2Shazam!
Blue Ribbon Content A Christmas Story 2A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Made-for-TV movies National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island AdventureThe Year Without a Santa Claus
Live-action television episodes
Friends and Joey "The One With Phoebe's Dad" • "The One Where Rachel Quits" • "The One With the Girl from Poughkeepsie" • "The One With the Inappropriate Sister" • "The One With the Routine" • "The One With the Holiday Armadillo" • "The One With the Creepy Holiday Card" • "The One With Christmas in Tulsa" • "Joey and the Plot Twist" • "Joey and the Christmas Party"
DC Comics "Season's Greedings" • "Home is Where the Hurt Is" • "Twas the Night Before Mxymas" • "Lexmas" • "Gemini" • "Year's End" • "Three Ghosts"
Other shows "A Semi-Merry Christmas" • "Mel, the Magi" • "Mel's Christmas Carol" • "'Tis the Season to Be Jealous" • "A Christmas Story" (Growing Pains) • "A Christmas Story" (Just the Ten of Us) • "Santa on the Lam" • "Miracle on Elm Street" • "The Christmas Show" • "Fa La La La Laagghh!" • "The Man Who Canceled Christmas" • "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" • "Deck the Malls" • "Christmas Day-Ja Vu" • "A Country Christmas" • "How the Finch Stole Christmas" • "Meet the Cuban Parents" • "Christmas Punch" • "A Clear and Presentless Danger" • "George Is Being Elfish and Christ-Misses His Family" • "Santa's Secret Stuff" • "A Very Supernatural Christmas" • "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" • "Christmas" (The Middle) • "It's Beginning to Stink a Lot Like Christmas" • "The Maternal Congruence" • "Jolly Red Elf" • "The World Ain't Over 'Till It's Over" • "The Santa Simulation" • "Give Santa a Tail-Hole" • "Home for Christmas"
Animated productions
Looney Tunes and related shows The Shanty Where Santy Claus LivesBedtime for SnifflesGift WrappedBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales • "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special" • "'Twas the Day Before Christmas" • "Jingle Boo" • "The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert" • "A Christmas Plotz" • "Little Drummer Warners" • "No Time for Christmas" • "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" • "It Happened One Night Before Christmas" • "In Arms Way" • "The Twelve Days of Christmas" • Christmas Eve with Yakko, Wakko & Dot • "Noel" • "The Christmas Tree" • "The Banks of the Delaware River" • "Feather Christmas" • "Yule Be Sorry" • "Christmas in July" • Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas • "A Christmas Carol" • "Tis the Seasoning"
DC Comics "Christmas With the Joker" • "Holiday Knights" • "Frozen Out" • "Comfort and Joy" • "Storybook Holiday" • "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" • "Second Christmas" • "The True Meaning of Christmas" • "Teen Titans Save Christmas"
Hanna-Barbera co-productions "A Dickens of a Christmas" • A Scooby-Doo! Christmas • "Ho Ho Horrors" • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker TaleScooby-Doo! Haunted HolidaysTom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "Scary Christmas" • "Scroogey Doo" • "It's a Wacky Life" • "Dashing Thru the Snow"
Other cartoons "Yuletide and Redtide" • A Cool Like That Christmas • "Santa Mask" • The Polar Express • "The Match Before Xmas" • A Miser Brothers' Christmas • "Da Grinchy Code / Duck" • "FROST / Undercover Claus" • "Fantastic Four Christmases / Red and White Collar" • Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas • "Top of the Naughty List"
Albums
Have Yourself a Looney Tunes ChristmasA Hip-Hopera ChristmasMerry Christmas: Animaniacs & Looney TunesThe Looney Tunes Kwazy ChristmasA Looney Tunes Sing-A-Long Christmas
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