Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Brothers Miser

The Year Without a Santa Claus is a neglected classic. I know only a handful of people who have seen or even heard of it. That's not right. Other Rankin/Bass holiday specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town enjoy prominence this time of year, and this one should too. Disillusioned that children no longer believe in him, Santa stays in bed rather than deliver gifts, causing Mrs Santa to rally the elves and send two off on a flying reindeer to find kids who still believe. You can guess how things turn out, and I recommend watching this special wherever you can find it. Among the great characters the elves encounter during their travels, none are quite so memorable as the Brothers Miser. For this pair alone The Year Without a Santa Claus deserves to be in permanent rotation.

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