Today’s Baffling Distraction In A Rankin/Bass Animation


Sorry, it’s the time of year I can’t do anything because I’m busy watching Rankin/Bass animated specials again. Today’s distraction: noticing in The Year Without A Santa Claus, and the scene where Santa talks about “by my charts and maps!” So he stands over by his charts and maps. From this I learn that Santa uses the Mercator projection for his work. Defensible given how much navigation work he has to do, certainly. Although I would have expected him to use something centered on the North Pole, you know, his entire base of operations, which is located at one of the only two points in the world that can’t be rendered on a Mercator map. And yes, I know what you’re thinking: what about a transverse Mercator projection? Nuh-uh, thank you, who here is watching the special instead of whatever it was I was supposed to be doing today? Exactly.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

2 thoughts on “Today’s Baffling Distraction In A Rankin/Bass Animation”

    1. See, that’s more of the baffling distracting things about the short. All right, this mouse writes a letter that Santa doesn’t exist. And Santa retaliates by refusing all letters from that mouse’s town. Isn’t the decision to refuse delivery a demonstration that oh, yeah, he must exist? Also Santa’s having letters returned two months before December. What’s with this town that they’re writing a bunch of letters to Santa in October? Yeah, kids are eager for Christmas but did you ever meet someone organized enough to even have a letter to Santa when it hasn’t even been Halloween yet?

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