The Year Without a Santa Claus Deluxe Edition DVD is a very nice one to own, especially since the DVD includes more than just this one program.
Actually, The Year Without a Santa Claus is one of my very favorite Christmas animated programs. Mickey Rooney reprises his vocals from Santa Claus is Coming to Town in this program, alongside Shirley Booth as Mrs. Claus. I love the story, which is about Santa deciding he is not appreciated by the children and therefore takes the year off, and I adore the music. Overall, it is one of the better soundtracks of the many Christmas stories out there.
Also included is another favorite story, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, which has Rudolph going in search of Happy, the baby new year. Like Rudolph was sensitive about his nose, Happy has problems with his big ears, so the reindeer has to give the baby advice on how to overcome being teased and such.
Then there is Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. His sensitivity are his very long ears. It follows the same concept as the other two shows mentioned, but it is also a bit sadder (think Bambi).
The The Year Without a Santa Claus Deluxe Edition DVD has a slip over cardboard jacket that the case goes into. It has the exact same artwork on the front and back of the DVD case. However, it really looks sharper because it has speckles on it and is somewhat embossed. I love this jacket; it is really classy looking, better than the case even. The image on the front is of Santa in his sleigh pulled by Rudolph with the battling Miser brothers below them.
The artwork on the DVD is a cheery shot of Santa Claus. It makes me smile.
The bonus materials include two featurettes. One focuses on the creative team of Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass, and the other is on stop motion animation and how that is done.
This DVD will see a lot of use in my house. I love good Christmas stories, and Rankin-Bass delivered such with these stories. I definitely recommend this set with these great remastered prints.