6.6/10
393
14 user 3 critic

How Murray Saved Christmas (2014)

One-hour animated special surrounding a surly deli owner Murray Weiner, who is forced to step into Santa's shoes for one Christmas and bumbles his way into doing a great job.

Director:

Peter Avanzino

Writer:

Mike Reiss
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Simpler Times I (2014)
Short | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Harry (Jerry Stiller), a recently widowed man in his golden years, has just moved in with his daughter and son-in-law. On his first morning in their home, all he wants is a cup of coffee ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Monarque
Stars: Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Amy Stiller
A Mom for Christmas (TV Movie 1990)
Fantasy | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young girl who wants a mom for the Christmas holidays gets her wish when a department store mannequin comes to life.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Olivia Newton-John, Juliet Sorci, Doug Sheehan
Second Chance Christmas (TV Movie 2014)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lawrence has to cope with major changes in a short amount of time. A new "Step-Dad" new residence and more. Just like most young boys he has a hard time talking to girls. However that is not the hardest thing he is dealing with.

Director: Alton Glass
Stars: McKinley Freeman, Michael Rainey Jr., Robinne Lee
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In this holiday romantic comedy, a mysterious woman who works at the post office answering Santa's mail captures the heart of a disillusioned postal carrier

Director: John Murlowski
Stars: Ashley Scott, A.J. Buckley, Lochlyn Munro
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An immigrant family in 1850's Wisconsin prospers until tragedy strikes.

Director: Allen Reisner
Stars: Glynis Johns, Cameron Mitchell, Rex Thompson
One Christmas Eve (TV Movie 2014)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A series of mishaps threaten a recently divorced mom's attempts to make her two kids' first Christmas "without dad" perfect.

Director: Jay Russell
Stars: Anne Heche, Kevin Daniels, Carlos Gómez
Crazy for Christmas (TV Movie 2005)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

On Christmas Eve, Shannon McManus (Andrea Roth) is stuck driving around a wealthy and eccentric client (Howard Hesseman) who is giving away large sums of money with the secret hope of ... See full summary »

Director: Eleanore Lindo
Stars: Andrea Roth, Howard Hesseman, Jason Spevack
Frosty Returns (TV Short 1992)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The continuing exploits of the famous snowman as he goes up against a more powerful force which threatens all of Christmas.

Directors: Evert Brown, Bill Melendez
Stars: Jonathan Winters, Jan Hooks, Andrea Martin
The Rooftop Christmas Tree (TV Movie 2016)
Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

It's Christmas and once again, Dale Landis places a tree on his roof and ends up in court. No one in the small town knows why he continues the practice, but idealistic attorney, Sarah ... See full summary »

Director: David Winning
Stars: Michelle Morgan, Tim Reid, Stephen Huszar
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Mailman decides to stop another deluge of letters by answering questions about the Easter Bunny: Sunny, a baby rabbit found and adopted by Kidville (a town of only kids--even a kid ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Fred Astaire, Skip Hinnant, Bob McFadden
Christmas Angel (TV Movie 2012)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Christmas wishes made before a long-abandoned house that start coming true lead an elementary schoolgirl to discover a reclusive woman living inside.

Director: Brian Herzlinger
Stars: Della Reese, Teri Polo, Tamera Mowry-Housley
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A musical, stop-motion adaptation of the well-known movie, Buddy, a human raised in the north pole, goes to New York to find his family.

Directors: Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh
Stars: Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Rachael MacFarlane
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Alexander ... Doc Holiday (voice)
Sean Hayes ... Edison Elf (voice)
Dennis Haysbert ... Narrator (voice)
Nick Jameson ... Various (voice)
Tom Kenny ... Various (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Various
Tress MacNeille ... Various
John Ratzenberger ... Officer Bender (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Santa Claus (voice)
Jerry Stiller ... Murray Weiner (voice)
Billy West ... Various (voice)
Edit

Storyline

One-hour animated special surrounding a surly deli owner Murray Weiner, who is forced to step into Santa's shoes for one Christmas and bumbles his way into doing a great job.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How Murray Saved Christmas See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first animated film for John Ratzenberger that is not from Pixar or Disney. See more »

Goofs

According to the groundhog when he sees his shadow, that spring will be coming. According the groundhog day tradition, Spring comes if a groundhog cannot see its shadow, not the other way round. See more »

Quotes

[Elves singing]: Oh, we work, work, work, work, work, work,work We really bust our heinies, They hire Elves for this work, work, work 'cause we're cheaper the Chinese.
See more »

Connections

References Seinfeld (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This is not Dr. Seuss.
6 December 2014 | by brelandaSee all my reviews

Just watched this travesty of a Christmas Special.

A pointless but clever string of rhyming, singing, and punning.

The constant striving to be clever with the rhyming left me crying(and not with laughter).

The writers were, I guess, trying to make a sort of a Dr. Seuss story, but alas they have neither the wit nor the wisdom to pull this story off. The town name "Stinky Cigars" lets the viewer know from the start that this is going to be a bad trip. This is the town where all the mythical and real characters of all the holidays live and none of them are to a one a character that you would like to run into, even on their holidays. Worst of all Santa is portrayed as a mean, greedy and ignorant boss. The elves, that make the toys, are worked day and night, no breaks and no pay, that they gleefully sing about.

One of the worst things about this travesty was that during the half hour break a commercial ran to tell one and all that in ten days you can own your own copy of this trash and "Make How Murray Saved Christmas a holiday tradition" The show was not even finished being shown and they already expect you to go out and buy a copy.

As far as I can remember there was only one well executed pun in this travesty, when Santa was looking to get some toys, after waking up from his concussion, one of the closed stores is called "Salvador's Dollies" complete with a melting clock on the marque and lamp post.

Unless you revel in the vile, skip this.


8 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed