|“||Here he comes now, the big ham.||”|
— Mrs. Claus commenting on Snow Miser's entrance
The Snow Miser is a character from the Rankin/Bass television special The Year Without a Santa Claus. He controls the cold weather of the Earth, not unlike Jack Frost. He and his half-brothers, Heat Miser and North Wind, are the offsprings of Mother Nature. (It should be noted that both Snow Miser and Heat Miser were not actually featured in the original poem that the special is based on.)
Snow Miser is shown to be able to transform anything into snow and back again, as well as firing ice from his hands and making snow appear out of thin air. He also is shown to be able to create ices with his breath and create simple structures made out of ice. At one point during his song, he is shown to be able to hold his head still while spinning the rest of his body, a feat that would snap the neck of any mortal character.
Between himself and Heat Miser, Snow Miser is the kinder, more easy-going of the two brothers. He tells bad jokes and puns about snow and cold weather, and he applauds the existence of Santa Claus as "the best advertisement snow biz ever had", even considering Santa and his wife to be his friends.
However, despite being the nicer of the two brothers, he is shown to not only dislike his brother, but regularly insults Heat Miser when given the chance, and when Mrs. Claus tries to calm the two down, he coldly replies, "Well if I can't have a little fun, I might as well leave" implying he enjoys antagonizing Heat Miser. Santa also expresses his concerns that Snow Miser might freeze Jingle and Jangle as they pass by, "For the fun of it" suggesting Snow Miser may have a strong mischievous streak. Like his brother, he is obedient to Mother Nature, and is visibly afraid when Mrs. Claus threatens to speak directly to her.
Appearances in Christmas specials
In The Year Without a Santa Claus, he is first seen fighting his sibling, Heat Miser, when Heat Miser shoots the elves Jingle and Jangle down.
As he considers the Claus's to be friends since they advertise his season, he easily agrees to help Mrs. Claus when she comes to ask a favor of the snow elements. However, his power must bow to that of his brother in the south who controls the weather in that region. When he's reluctant to cede to his brother's terms for the sake of Southtown's Christmas merriment, he is transported to the realm of Mother Nature to answer for the petty argument.
Snow Miser's six minions live with him in an ice castle, and serve as backup dancers for the welcoming reception each guest receives upon arrival to their icy domain.
Snow Miser would later star alongside his stepbrother in the sequel, A Miser Brothers Christmas. This time, he was voiced by Juan Chioran, as his original voice actor, Dick Shawn, had died in 1987. The special focuses on Snow Miser and Heat Miser learning to work together after they are forced to take charge of Santa's operations when their evil brother North Wind attempts to sabotage him.