Prep & Landing Reviews
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 what'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 they're about to visit and put out the landing gear for Santa to hit each house. The leade 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 himself and a new partner gets placed in his midst, he falls into carelessness because he didn't get promoted instead. 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.
VOICES:The voices chosen are very cartoonish and fit each personality perfectly. Foley doeas a perfect job as an old, bitter elf. Everybody in her shined, but the ones I will mention are Sarah Chalke and whomever it was that played Lenny, Wayne's new partner.
SCORE:All Christmas music. Nothing to be said here.
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 expressed their emotions in a quite whimsical way.
OTHER CONTENT:Now, there are some cons to this even though I gave it a high score. For one thing, it's way too short! With a total running time of 22 minutes, this is over before it barely even started. That is also a factor of how everything feels rushed and the how character development has problems. On the upside, the two things that this had that made it so good, was clever writing and humor. There's so much clever holiday twists to the prep and landing crew that it's enjoyable; not to mention the holday lingo used among the elves. Also, the humor was quite cartoonish but also surprisingly enjoyable. Lastly I have to mention, this was very short, but it contained the warm Christmas feeling and joy it needed.
OVERALL,an awesome Christmas special with a uniquely thought plot, cartoonish voices, holiday score, intricate animation, clever writing, cartoonish humor, and the warm Christmas feeling, but the running time was way too short and caused a few character and timing problems.