The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006 film)

The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006 film)

A 90-minute 2006 live-action remake of the Rankin-Bass classic "The Year Without a Santa Claus" which premiered on NBC December 11, 2006 and received scathing reviews, being called "swill" [ [ The Speculist: A Year Without a Santa Claus - review ] ] and awarded by at least one reviewer "zero stars (out of four)" [ [ THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS (2006) - DVD ] ] . A widescreen DVD was released on December 12, 2006 (UPC 085391115120) [ [ The Year Without A Santa Claus starring John Goodman, Chris Kattan, Ethan Suplee, Eddie Griffin, Carol Kane from Warner Home Video on DVD - Widescreen, Original Aspect Ratio - 1.78 ] ] .

Infobox Film
name = The Year Without a Santa Claus
image_size = 200px
caption = A scene from the 2006 live-action version
director = Ron Underwood
producer = Mark Wolper
writer = Larry Wilson & Tom Martin
Phyllis McGinley
narrator =
starring = John Goodman
Michael McKean
music =
cinematography =
editing =
distributor = NBC
released = December 11, 2006
runtime =
country = flagicon|USA USA
language = English
budget =
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This remake follows the same basic concept as the original: Santa, 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 the boy Iggy Thistlewhite.

Differences from original

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.

The remake also includes two subplots which do not appear in the original: 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 (here, the mayor) 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.

A number of pop-culture references pepper the script, including a glimpse of the original "Year without a Santa Claus" special on Jingle's portable TV [ [ The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006) (TV) - Trivia ] ] . 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 refers to Hermey in Rankin-Bass' 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!" He then mimics the marksman having (hypothetically) done just that.


*John Goodman as Santa Claus
*Delta Burke as Mrs. Claus
*Michael McKean as Snow Miser
*Harvey Fierstein as Heat Miser
*Ethan Suplee as Jingle
*Eddie Griffin as Jangle
*Chris Kattan as Sparky
*Dylan Minnette as Iggy


*Carol Kane as Mother Nature
*Carson Kressley as the elf costumer
*Laura Schlessinger, "Dr. Laura," as herself


External links

*imdb title|id=0828465|title=The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006)

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