''The Year Without a Santa Claus'' is a StopMotion puppet-animated (called "Animagic") [[ChristmasSpecial holiday special]] by Creator/RankinBassProductions that debuted on Creator/{{ABC}} in 1974. This time, SantaClaus (voiced by Mickey Rooney, reprising the role from 1970's ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'') decides to take a holiday from Christmas when he becomes convinced that nobody really cares anymore. In an effort to get Christmas back on, Mrs. Claus (voiced by Shirley Booth) sends a pair of elves out to find enough Christmas spirit left in the world to make Santa change his mind. HilarityEnsues, contributed to in no small part by the memorable obstructiveness of the climate-ruling Miser Brothers, Snow Miser (Dick Shawn) and Heat Miser (George S. Irving).

The script was written by William Keenan (instead of Rankin-Bass stalwart Romeo Muller), with the studio's usual mixture of classic Christmas tunes with original songs by Maury Laws and co-producer Jules Bass.

A live-action remake aired on Creator/{{NBC}} in 2006, starring John Goodman as Santa.

Followed in 2008 by the '''non'''-Rankin/Bass ''A Miser Brothers Christmas'', in which Heat Miser and Snow Miser are forced to work together to save Christmas. Additionally, at least two other Rankin/Bass specials, ''Rudolph's Shiny New Year'' and ''WesternAnimation/NestorTheLongEaredChristmasDonkey'', as seen on the DVD cover (right), seem to be set within the same universe, as they have same Santa Claus.

!!These tropes are too much!
!!!The original special:
* ADayInTheLimelight: One of the few specials where MrsClaus is the star.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Vixen, [[JustifiedTrope while]] [[AssInALionSkin disguised as a dog]], barked at and chased a cat. One could argue that she was really in character, but even so.
* AllJustADream: It's implied in the closing song that the whole story is something Santa dreamed. Though that wouldn't explain the sequel.
* AnythingButThat: Everyone, Elves, Miser Brothers, are terrified of the idea that Mrs. Claus would take her case to Mother Nature.
* AssInALionSkin: See ''AllAnimalsAreDogs'', above.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: '''Ignatius Thistlewhite.'''
* CainAndAbel: The Miser Brothers, being representations of opposing elements, ''really'' don't like each other.
%%* ChristmasSpecial
* CueTheFlyingPigs: Invoked. The mayor of Southtown dares Jingle and Jangle Bells to prove they're Santa's elves by making it snow - and Southtown hasn't had a snow since forever - leading to the visit to the Miser Bros. When it does start to snow, the mayor is suitably stunned and amazed.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Heat Miser. He may look sinister, but he's more [[GoodIsNotNice grouchy]] than truly malicious.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Mrs. Claus's plan to send Jingle and Jangle Bells on Vixen out into the world to find a reason to get Santa motivated has (as she admits) a few holes in it; the most pressing is that they have to get past the Miser Bros.
* DontTellMama!: The Miser Brothers are ''petrified'' at the thought of facing their mother when she's mad at them; of course, she ''is'' [[PhysicalGod Mother Nature]]...
* DeusExMachina: When Mrs. Claus can't persuade the Miser brothers to cooperate, she goes over their heads and calls on their mother. Their mother happens to be Mother Nature.
* TheDreaded: Mother Nature; everyone is afraid of confronting her, even her ''sons''. That said, she's shown to be a friendly, amicable old woman who can [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure easily be reasoned with]], but her domain and implied powers make this trope at least somewhat justifiable.
* [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Even Elemental Demi-Gods Love Their Mamas]]: "See what you did, you old blizzard? She's ''gonna tell Mother!''"
** What ''I'' did, you hot dog? This is all '''your''' fault!
* EvilIsHammy: Both the Miser brothers, though they aren't exactly evil. Their hamminess is even lampshaded by Mrs. Claus. (The sharp-eyed will catch Ignatius rolling his eyes at Heat Miser.)
* FatAndSkinny: Snow Miser is thin and Heat Miser is portly. The same can be said for Jingle and Jangle Bells.
* FieryRedhead: Heat Miser is an example in more ways than one. Not only is he ill-tempered with reddish hair, but he literally has fiery powers and his hair is shaped like flames.
* FireIceLightning: The Miser Brothers supply the first two, of course, while Mother Nature causes bolts of lightning when she summons and scolds them.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Apparently, most children don't believe in Santa anymore. The question is, how do they explain the presents that their parents never bought? Or the fact that Santa gave interviews to several reliable newspapers who also publish photos of him?
** Also, the doctor from the beginning of the movie. He talks about how ridiculous it is that people would believe that Santa Claus exists '''right in front of Santa himself!'''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: An interesting example is done with the film's opening credits. Dick Shawn's name appears written in snow and George S. Irving's name appears on the sun, foreshadowing both their respective roles as Snow Miser and Heat Miser.
* HypocriticalHumor: The elf doctor tells Santa that nobody cares about Christmas anymore, but wishes him a Merry Christmas anyway before he leaves.
* IAmSong: The Miser Brothers.
* AnIcePerson: Snow Miser.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Snow Miser gets one in the original.
--> ''Snow Miser'': "Well, well, well. If it isn't Mrs. Claus. How's your hubby?"
--> ''Mrs. Claus'': "Mmm, not good. I'm afraid he's got a bad cold."
--> ''Snow Miser'': "Aw, what a shame, the poor fellow. He should have come to see me. I'd have given him a '''''good one!'''''"
* InformedAttribute: During the intro song, Mrs. Claus explains how sad the children were that Santa wasn't coming, because they thought he had died. Cue the lyric "Every eye shed a blue Christmas tear" and a shot of a child crying. However, although a tear does obligingly roll down the child's face, the child is ''smiling''.
* IronicEchoCut: When Santa learns that Jingle and Jangle are AWOL in the mortal world, he says, "Poor little guys. They must be scared to death," which is followed by a hard cut to Jangle saying "I'm scared to death!"
* LargeAndInCharge: the Snow and Heat Misers noticeably tower over everybody else.
* LargeHam: The Miser Brothers are, well, ''too much''.
** Mrs Claus outright says so, at least for Snow Miser.
--->''There he comes now, the big ham.''
* {{Leitmotif}}: The mayor of Southtown and the Miser Brothers all have one, each being an instrumental version of the songs they sing.
%%* LetThereBeSnow
* LiveActionAdaptation: The 2006 TV movie with John Goodman as Santa, [[Series/DesigningWomen Delta Burke]] as Mrs. Claus, [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Michal McKean]] as Snow Miser, Harvey Fierstein as Heat Miser, and Carol Kane as Mother Nature. Among other famous faces. Despite rather dramatic changes from the original story (such as Iggy's father and the mayor of Southtown becoming a CompositeCharacter and Santa Claus negotiating with the Miser Brothers instead of Mrs. Claus), it still retained [[EarWorm those SONGS.]]
* LyricalDissonance: Surely you're expecting a dark, gloomy song to fit in with a show about a holiday getting cancelled, right? No, this is Rankin Bass. None of the songs aside from "Blue Christmas" give off any sadness.
* MisplacedWildlife: Deconstructed with Vixen. Not long after Jingle and Jangle Bells land in Southtown, the poor reindeer gets sick. As Santa says when he picks her up from the pound, she's just not used to the warmer climate, as would anyone who grew up in the North Pole.
%%* MotherNature: Don't mess with her.
%%* MrsClaus: NeverMessWithGranny.
* NoAntagonist: While the Miser Brothers' bickering does bring up some conflict, they are not really villains. The only real conflict is that Santa has become bored of his endless job of giving presents to children and that Mrs. Claus and the elves are trying to get it to snow in Southtown.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The elves here are rather Keebleresque, and a bit shorter than the children.
* PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: Snow Miser, Heat Miser and Mother Nature.
* PaperThinDisguise: The elves disguise Vixen as a dog by putting a pair of brown socks over her ears.
* PhysicalGod: Mother Nature and the Miser Brothers are each powerful enough to destroy the whole planet with ease.
* PlayingWithFire: Heat Miser.
* PolarOppositeTwins: The Miser Brothers, of course. Aside from the obvious, Snow Miser seems to be more of a joker who likes the Clauses while Heat Miser is, well, [[IncrediblyLamePun hot-headed]].
* RhymingWithItself: ''"I never want to know a day that's under 60 degrees. I'd rather have it 80, 90, 100 degrees."''
** This is actually a common {{Mondegreen}}. The lyric is: "...80, 90, 100's a breeze."
%%* SantaClaus
* SavingChristmas: From Santa's ennui, no less.
* SeventiesHair: One of Santa's elves has a bowl cut similar to [[StarWars Luke Skywalker's.]]
* ShoutOut: A character is dressed exactly like Creator/CharlieChaplin during the mayor's song.
* SweetHomeAlabama: Part of the plot depends on bringing a snowy day to "Southtown, U.S.A." (partially averted in that only the mayor and the policeman sound as if they came from anywhere south of Staten Island).
* TriumphantReprise: "There'll be no year without a Santa Claus".
* TrueBlueFemininity: Unlike most depictions, this special's Mrs. Claus wears blue.
* TheUnfavourite: Heat Miser thinks that Mother Nature always liked Snow Miser best.
* VillainSong: The Miser Brothers' songs.
!!!NBC's ''The Year Without A Santa Claus'' (2006):
* CompositeCharacter: Iggy's father and the mayor of Southtown are one and the same in this incarnation.
* DemotedToExtra: Mrs. Claus has a much smaller role in this version.
* ElementalRivalry: The Miser Brothers are fighting when we first see them.
* MsFanservice: The Miser bros' female minions in short skirts, the Miserettes.
* MythologyGag: A clip from the original, animated version is briefly seen on TV as the elves flip through channels.
* PlayingWithFire: Heat Miser and his Miserettes.
* SaltAndPepper: Jingle and Jangle, thanks to the former having a RaceLift.
* SeventiesHair: The Snow Miser's girlfriends all have afros, to go along with his 70s themed style.
* VillainSong: The Classic Miser Brothers' songs, this time sang at once.
!!!''A Miser Brothers Christmas'' contains examples of:
* AnAesop: Siblings shouldn't fight, but get along instead.
* ArgumentOfContradictions: Snow Miser and Heat Miser. "White Christmas!" "Green Christmas!" "White Christmas!" "Green Christmas!" ...
* BigBad: Heat Miser and Snow Miser's big brother North Wind.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The North Wind again.
* ChekhovsGun: Early in the film, the North Wind drops one of his cards of himself as Santa. Later, Mrs. Claus finds it and figures out it is evidence that North Wind was the one who broke Santa's back.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: North Wind's punishment for trying to take over Christmas is to spend the next several thousand years doing chores for Mother Nature.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While the Miser brothers are more unwilling to get along than evil, they choose to stop their quarrel when they see Santa because they do not wish for Santa to get harmed in the crossfire, but more importantly that it would get them in trouble with Mother Nature.
* FreudianExcuse: A flashback where the Miser Brothers are seen as babies implies that they hate one another because of exposure to the opposite elements. To elaborate, we see baby Snow Miser react in discomfort to getting hit by a warm spark from the fireplace and we see baby Heat Miser react negatively to having a snowflake enter his clothes. Immediately afterward, the Misers start their endless quarrel.
** Earlier in the film, the Miser Brothers are indifferent about Santa Claus breaking his back and explain that it is because they never got any presents from him before. When they were shown flashbacks of their childhood years, they understand that Santa never gave them presents because they were on the naughty list for their endless bickering and quarreling.
* IWantSong: See VillainSong.
* ItsAllAboutMe: The North Wind's personality in a nutshell.
* {{Jerkass}}: The North Wind is a narcissistic jerk who only cares about himself, to the point that he wishes to take Santa's place as the one who gives children presents on Christmas Eve and having no problem with framing his two brothers for the accident and getting them to fight after they finally learned to get along.
* LargeHam: The Miser Brothers, natch, but their older brother the North Wind [[EvilIsHammy chews a lot of scenery as well]].
* MythologyGag: Flashbacks during the Miser Brothers' childhood years depicts them wearing the clothes they wore in the original 1974 special.
* NeverSayDie: Played with when Mother Nature informs the North Wind that Santa Claus survived the accident that broke his back. His statement of "He is? I mean, he ''is''", along with his repressed holler of anger, implies that the accident he caused was intended to kill Santa rather than just injure him.
* ParentalBonus:
-->'''Heat Miser:''' My dear brother has been running a campaign of pure propaganda to try to give global warming a bad name.
-->'''Snow Miser:''' Oh-ho, puh-leeze. How long have you been trying to scare people with reports of another ice age coming?
* RoleReprisal: George S. Irving and Mickey Rooney reprised their respective roles as Heat Miser and Santa Claus.
* SavingChristmas: Again, only this time the problem is that North Wind has injured Santa in an attempt to take his place.
* SubbingForSanta: What the Miser Brothers end up doing after North Wind injures Santa.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Both of the Miser Brothers to a very small extent. They're not really that mean, but they are shown to be indifferent to Santa Claus's condition early in the film. This is justified by the fact that the Miser Brothers never got any presents from Santa because of their sibling rivalry, and they get better when they are tasked with taking Santa's place in supervising the gift manufacturing and delivering the presents on Christmas Eve.
* TriumphantReprise: After the Miser Brothers patch things up, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSfeI26hFWI they sing each other's songs.]]
* VillainSong: "My Kind of Christmas", where North Wind sings about his plans to take over Christmas and become the new Santa Claus.
* VocalEvolution: Heat Miser and Santa Claus sound noticeably older in this special, as George S. Irving and Mickey Rooney were in their 80's when it was in production.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: The characters from the original special that return in this one have notable redesigns. The characters with the most blatantly different designs include Mrs. Claus and Mother Nature.
->''Too much!''