Remember Snow Miser and Heat Miser, everyone’s favorite fighting brothers from the “The Year Without a Santa Claus?” Well they are back in a brand new adventure and with a brand new agenda. This time they need to play hero and counter the antics of their self-absorbed brother North Wind, who is trying to get rid of Santa and claim Christmas as his own holiday.
The special is done in the stop-motion style like it Rankin-Bass predecessors. The puppets are incredibly detailed and the sets and art direction are wonderful. In a throwback to the classics, they brought on Mickey Rooney to do the voice of Santa, which should please fans of the Rankin-Bass classics.
The disc has a 23 minute bonus featurette called “What Makes Stop Motion Go” which takes an in-depth look at the process involved in making a stop-motion animated classic. It covers everything from puppet construction to voice casting, art direction, and the painstaking art of stop-motion animation.
I went into “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas” a bit of cynic, but its high production values and classic characters quickly one me over. So pick up a copy of “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas” on DVD.
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