Alls I’m Saying

vixen disguisevixen sickIn the 1974 claymation classic The Year Without a Santa Claus, two elves ride Vixen, one of Santa’s flying reindeer, to Southtown, USA.  The elves disguise Vixen as a dog in order to avoid attracting attention by placing socks over her ears and a belt around her neck like a leash.  Vixen becomes ill from the heat in Southtown since she’s just a baby and not accustomed to the drastic temperature change.  The elves carry her to a shady resting spot.  Moments later, and despite the fact that her “owners” are close by, the local dog catcher puts Vixen in the back of his truck and drives away with her with the elves in pursuit on foot.

At the pound, the dog catcher knows Vixen is sick.  She is seen in a cage with a thermometer in her mouth, still wearing her lame dog disguise, and the dog catcher standing nearby.  He does not realize she is not a dog.  Santa finally comes to reclaim her and it’s then we learn that the elves had been there earlier trying to reclaim Vixen but the dog catcher turned them away because they couldn’t pay the fine.  Santa pays the fine and reveals that Vixen is a reindeer.  The dog catcher is sufficiently astonished.

vixen and santaBack home at the North Pole, Santa, who is ill himself, puts Vixen in his own bed to take care of her then sits in the hard wooden rocking chair to give himself a rest.

It’s just a kids TV show.  Prolly nothing to read into it.

6 thoughts on “Alls I’m Saying

  1. Well….isn’t that special. I’m still trying to remember the name of the Snoopy episode where he runs away from home, is taken in by some little girl and BEATEN when he tries to leave. What are we trying to tell our kids here??? (Now I’m going to have to watch the stupid thing because I want to know what happened to the elves. Did they suffer any repercussions for taking Vixen? Are they still elves? Will Santa stop the madness???)

  2. 1974, eh? Isn’t it refreshing to know that we’ve come so far in 40 years! I mean there’s no way that sort of thing would happen today! Hooray for progress! Hoora…

  3. She doesn’t have any antlers. Is it too early in the year for her to grow them? I’ve always been impressed by female reindeer since they are the only female deer to grow antlers.

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