Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass produced several hit holiday specials, many using the stop-motion animation technique dubbed "Animagic," including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
, Frosty The Snowman
, The Little Drummer Boy
, and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
. In The Year Without A Santa Claus
, the traditional Christmas characters were joined by a charismatic duo. Rankin recalled to Media Mikes
: "We had to invent new characters. We had these two brothers, Heat Miser and Cold Miser. They just jumped off the screen and became cult figures. And we just came up with them one afternoon while designing the picture…'let's do this…Mother Nature has two sons and they don't get along…one's in charge of heat…OK, put that in (laughs)."