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December 26, 2015
Incredibly entertaining!
Super Reviewer
December 22, 2014
Great animation with a fresh and fun story. The voice acting was pretty good too. It's definitely worth a peek during the Christmas season.
½ December 16, 2014
Great disney short and maybe best disney holiday christmas short ever. Love it!!!
December 15, 2014
It's a cute idea, but it could have been executed more successfully. If it was longer, they could have taken the time to tell a better story.
½ December 7, 2014
Something a bit better than the usual Disney fare. Well paced, well animated, well scripted. Parts may be a bit over the heads of the youngest viewers, but by and large it's fun for the family. This and the sequel, Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice is a nice way to spend a couple of hours.
October 12, 2014
It was the best thing for Christmas since Rudolph and the Rest by Rankin Bass and Charley Brown Christmas! Animation was excellent, Humor right up there, and story line for all three cartoons was cute and fun for adults and children alike!
December 22, 2013
Really, really cute.
½ December 28, 2012
Nice Christmas story but, short
December 26, 2012
20 minutes long. Remember watching this one long time ago. Now, December 26, 2012, I saw the one from 2011 (dunno why here in flixter is nowhere to be found) called Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice. This one was nice and odd, still was enjoyable animation and well directed/edited too. AU REVOIR MES AMIS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! JOYEUX NOEL A TOUT LE MONDE!
½ December 23, 2012
It's not going to be a new Christmas classic, but it was passable even if the jokes weren't fresh and the animation was subpar.
December 19, 2012
A modern holiday classic, whose wit and warmth puts other Christmas specials to shame.
½ October 2, 2012
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.
½ 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
April 17, 2012
I reckon this short is the inspiration behind Arthur Christmas.
January 1, 2012
a short film but good detail and quite fun
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 26, 2011
one of my new favorite Christmas specials. super cute!
December 25, 2011
Great Disney Movie. Now one of our favorites!! :D
½ December 22, 2011
SHORT BUT GREAT ME N MY LITTLE BROZ LOVE IT HOPE 2 SEE MORE
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