Rankin-Bass has made some of the greatest Christmas specials of all time. One of my personal favorites is “The Year Without a Santa Claus“, which features Heat Miser and Snow Miser. (They’re stepbrothers. Of course.)
What I didn’t realize is that they made a sequel in 2008 –“A Miser Brothers’ Christmas.” It is now available on DVD.
Here’s the description from the press release:
“The story begins when Santa’s (featuring the voice of Mickey Rooney) chief mechanic, Tinsel, creates a speedy, new high-tech sleigh for Christmas. But what Santa doesn’t know is that North Wind has secretly sabotaged the sleigh in hopes of taking Santa’s place that year. When Santa takes it out for a spin, he gets caught in the cross fire between the feuding Snow Miser and Heat Miser Brothers and his sleigh comes crashing down. North Wind frames the Miser Brothers for Santa’s accident. With Santa stuck in bed with a bad back, everything falls into place for North Wind to slyly come to the rescue as a temporary Santa. But much to his chagrin, Mother Nature punishes the Miser Brothers by forcing them to put their differences aside and fill in for Santa. In between comedic squabbles, the brothers rediscover what it means to be family and along the way, save Christmas for everyone.”
Sounds good to me. And I’m Jewish.
I’ll have a review of the DVD as soon as I get a chance to sit down and watch it with the kids.