A children's stop-motion animation program about the time Santa Claus decided he was too tired to make his Christmas rounds. Narrated by Mrs. Claus, the program begins with a sick Santa saying he is unable to do his Christmas duties this year and complaining that no one has the spirit of the season any more. A concerned Mrs. Claus puts on the Santa outfit herself, determined to make the gift deliveries before finally realizing that she's just not up to the task. Mrs. Claus devises a solution to the problem thinking that if she can get all the children of Southtown to believe in Santa again, that she can get her husband back to work. Along with elves Jingle Bells and Jangle Bells, she rides a reindeer to Southtown, hoping her plans won't be thwarted by the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser. Commercials deleted.


  • DATE: December 10, 1974 Tuesday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:50:38
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:79310
  • GENRE: Children's programs
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Animation
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 1974


  • Arthur Rankin … Producer, Director
  • Jules Bass … Producer, Director, Lyricist
  • William Keenan … Writer
  • Phyllis McGinley … Based on the book by
  • Maury Laws … Music by
  • Shirley Booth … Cast, Mrs. Claus, Voice, Singer
  • Mickey Rooney … Cast, Santa Claus, Voice
  • Dick Shawn … Cast, Snow Miser, Voice
  • George S. Irving … Cast, Heat Miser, Voice
  • Bob McFadden … Cast, Jingle Bells, Voice
  • Rhoda Mann … Cast, Mother Nature, Voice
  • Bradley Bolke … Cast, Jangle Bells, Voice
  • Ron Marshall … Cast, Mr. Thistlewhite, Voice
  • Colin Duffy … Cast, Ignatius Thistlewhite, Voice
  • Christine Winter … Cast, Blue Christmas Girl, Voice