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Prep & Landing Reviews

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Sarah P

Super Reviewer

November 26, 2011
Very very short. I didn't think it was anything great.
December 29, 2011
Very, very short Christmas Special. Too short in fact. A few more minutes put into the film and this could have easily been a four star movie because the idea was quite cute. Two stars is a bit misleading because the movie was actually good and enjoyable. But everything is squished together so tightly to fit into a 30-minute tv spot that it really deminishes the story itself and warrants giving only two stars. Not enough time is spent developing characters or showing Wayne losing his spirit and then getting it back. A little more time put into this and it could have been one of the fun Christmas movies we all watch year after year.
December 28, 2012
Nice Christmas story but, short
December 19, 2012
A modern holiday classic, whose wit and warmth puts other Christmas specials to shame.
The Creep
December 22, 2011
ABC Family usually puts out some pretty crappy stuff, especially for Christmas, but this one isn't half bad.

PLOT:Everybody knows the story of Santa and how he gets to other kids' houses on Christmas Eve, but what we don't know is how he knows exactly whether it's safe or not. This is the job of Santa's prep and landing crew. They test the waters and give the stats of the child's house the big guy's about to visit and put out the landing gear for him to hit each house. The lead elf of this division is Wayne (Dave Foley), who has been working it for over 200 years. When his partner gets a promotion instead of him and a new partner (Derek Richardson) gets placed in his midst, he falls into carelessness because he didn't get promoted. Because of him, the fate of everybody's happy Chistmas might be at stake. It is a very unique and modernized twist on Santa's flight story executed rather well.

VOICES:The voices chosen are very cartoonish and fit each personality perfectly. David Foley plays a pretty good leading role as Wayne, and Derek Richardson plays off of him rather well as Lanny. The other shiners would be Sarah Chalke as Magee and William Morgan Shepherd as the Big Guy.

SCORE:The score is mainly made up of random Christmas songs from the likes of Nat King Cole and others, with some dramatic score. It wasn't too important, but still pretty good.

ANIMATION:Since this is an ABC Family Christmas special, I expected the animation to be lazily done, but the animation was actual pretty intricate and detailed in a cartoonish way. The characters by themselves are no big deal, but the facial expressions made by the characters and their actions both expressed their emotions in a quite whimsical way. Then again, John Lasseter was in charge of some of it.

OTHER CONTENT:This is just a TV special, but it's really not half bad. Aside from the animation, it holds up a great Christmas spirit and some clever twists. The conflict that comes up in the middle puts an unexpected feeling of Christmas spirit and nostalgic feeling of childhood memories. The holiday humor in here is also pretty clever and funny, especially the holiday lingo used among the elves. Phrases such as "Totally Tinsel" and "Figgy Pudding" all make those aware of the references smile. However, this does have a few cons, as it is just a TV special. It's way too short, I believe. Clocking in at only 22 minutes, everything feels rushed and the attempted character development almost fails. Thanks to proper storytelling, everything is safe. I've noticed in rewatching this however, that it's quite cheesy with its dialogue as it is clever. It was purely for entertainment, but it did hold a supple amount of emotion, I'd say.

OVERALL,a good Christmas special with a unique plot, cartoonish voices, good holiday soundtrack, detailed animation, nostlagic Christmas feeling, and clever holiday humor, but it is just a really short TV special with rushed character development and a bit of cheese.
December 2, 2010
Great adventure with emotional depth
December 21, 2011
It was totally tinsel
December 6, 2011
The best holiday film to come out in recent years. Hidden humor similar to the Toy Story movies. All in all, this movie is "So Tinsel!"
Hiccup17
December 13, 2010
Bad all the way around
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