A Miser Brothers' Christmas
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|A Miser Brothers' Christmas|
|Approx. run time||48 mins|
|Written by||Eddie Guzelian|
|Directed by||Dave Barton Thomas|
|Produced by||Howard Schwartz|
George S. Irving
|Music by||William Anderson|
|Original channel||ABC Family|
|Release date||December 13, 2008|
|Preceded by||The Year Without a Santa Claus|
A Miser Brothers' Christmas is a stop motion spin-off special based on the characters from 1974 Rankin-Bass special The Year Without a Santa Claus. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (the rights holders of the post-1973 Rankin Bass library) and Toronto-based Cuppa Coffee Studios, the one-hour special premiered on ABC Family December 13, 2008 during the network's The 25 Days of Christmas Christmas programming. Mickey Rooney and George S. Irving reprised their respective roles as Santa Claus and Heat Miser. Snow Miser, originally portrayed by Dick Shawn who died in 1987, was voiced by Juan Chioran, while Mrs. Claus, who was voiced by Shirley Booth, who died in 1992, was done in this special by Catherine Disher.
Santa's chief mechanic, Tinsel, makes a new Super-Sleigh, which Santa decides to test the next day. Meanwhile, the feuding Miser Brothers attend their family reunion, where their brother, North Wind (voiced by Brad Adamson), passively asking Mother Nature what might happen if Santa would not be able to complete his duties on Christmas. She responds that North Wind would take control instead. Self-absorbed and vain, North Wind becomes fixated with the idea of replacing Santa Claus for his personal glory. Despite his dashing appearance and veneer of flattery and devotion toward his mother, North Wind is far more malevolent than either of his brothers. Beginning his machinations, North Wind sends two minions to sabotage the Super-Sleigh. The crippled sleigh causes Santa to injure his back after falling in the middle of the fight between the Miser Brothers when he unintentionally crosses into their region.
Despite what she told North Wind before, Mother Nature assigns the Miser Brothers the responsibility of running the toy factory, who were blamed for Santa's injuries. Their fighting continues as they're repositioned in several stations of the North Pole workplace. North Wind hatches a new plan to keep them fighting so it would appear as if they ruined Christmas themselves, but Mrs. Claus convinces them to put aside their differences and cooperate. The history of the brothers is revealed, showing they've been on Santa's "naughty list" for mutual bickering since infancy. This history would contradict The Year Without a Santa Claus, which they identify each other as stepbrothers, as they appear this time to be fraternal twins.
The night of the delivery, North Wind's minions surreptitiously attach heating and cooling units to the sleigh, apparently capable of heating or cooling entire regions of the planet. The discovery causes the Miser Brothers to blame each other. With the Brothers fighting again, Santa has no choice but to drive the sleigh as planned. After he leaves, Tinsel discovers the super-sleigh was sabotaged. North Wind attacks Santa's sleigh in flight, whipping up a vortex to consume Santa but the Miser Brothers, with the aid of Tinsel and a team of young reindeer, save Santa in the nick of time. North Wind's cover is blown and Mother Nature sentences him to household chores for the next several thousand years. With North Wind thwarted, the Brothers learn they've finally made the "Nice List." The Miser Brothers then volunteer to replace the recuperating Santa in delivering the toys.
Notes and Trivia
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- Though their appearances are based on their likenesses from the original special, Snow Miser and Heat Miser's appearances have been slightly altered from The Year Without a Santa Claus, such as Snow Miser has a shorter nose and a less frosty face. They are the only characters to retain resemblance to their likenesses in the original work; the other 3 characters appearing from the original special (Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Mother Nature) were entirely different in appearance.
- Mother Nature points out that the North Pole is under North Wind's control. However, in the previous film, it was established the North Pole is under Snow Miser's control. It is most likely that while Snow Miser is in control weather-wise while the North wind is in control of the wind there. However, in the original special she meant that the northern hemisphere is in control of Snow Miser (with a few areas under Heat Miser's control).
- Heat Miser's address on his door is "101", which refers to his song as (according to the song) "I'm Mr.101" and "he's Mr. 101".
- Snow Miser's address on his door is "32".
- Santa's Workshop's address on his door is "1225", for December 25 (12/25, expressed numerically).
- Rather than using Traditional animated special effects like other Rankin-Bass specials, this special uses Computer-Animation such as snow, melting etc.
- Santa crashes while over the boundaries of Snow Miser and Heat Miser, this is a reference to the 2006 remake of A Year without Santa Claus, where Heat Miser attempts to shoot down the sleigh. Ironically, while Heat Miser failed, in the remake, Santa is shot down this time, but not by them (nor did they intend to) yet they still got blamed.
- Although a sequel to "The Year without a Santa Claus", Iggie, Jingle and Jangle (characters from the original special) are not seen nor mentioned in this special.
- Heat Miser and Snow Miser have nine other siblings. Five brothers and four sisters. Only six of them had their names called: the Tides, Lightning and Thunder, Earthquake, and the North Wind.
- Heat Miser and Snow Miser's Houses are closer together and they no longer resemble a Volcano or an Ice Castle. (Santa's work Shop has also been changed)