Year Without A Santa Claus, The
From the magicmaking Rankin/Bass studios come three unique and beloved Yuletide favorites boasting delightful stop-motion animation, catchy songs and family-pleasing stories. In The Year Without A Santa Claus, weary St. Nick (voiced by Mickey Rooney) foregoes his gift-giving journey, leaving Mrs. Claus (Shirley Booth) and two spunky elves to reawaken the Christmas spirit in Santa and the world's children. Roger Miller tells and sings the saga of gentle Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey, an outcast chosen for an important task: escorting a certain expectant couple to Bethlehem. In Rudolph's Shiny New Year, the brave red-nosed reindeer is drafted by Father Time (Red Skelton) to recover the missing New Year Baby.