Disney’s Animated Holiday Special ‘Prep & Landing’ Comes To ABC & Disney.com Next Week
By Empress Eve
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 10:23 pm
[UPDATE: ABC has moved the premiere of Prep & Landing to Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 8:30/7:30c]
On Tuesday, December 1, ABC will air Disney’s Prep & Landing, the first television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The animated half-special will then be streamed online for viewing at Disney.com starting December 2, when the site will also exclusively debut an original short video Tiny’s Adventure and offer up digital toys and downloadable artwork.
Check out the trailer for Prep & Landing here below, along with a behind-the-scenes video, which features the special’s voice actors, Dave Foley, Sarah Chalke, and Derek Richardson, as well as executive producer John Lasseter (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life).
The animated special is about an elite unit of Santa’s Elves known as Prep & Landing. In Mission: Impossible-like fashion, Santa’s special helpers use high-tech gadgetry to prepare homes for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve. Disney.com is currently running the North Pole web cam and is also hosting the Kringle Academy online game, where players can train to someday become part of the Prep & Landing team.
Prep & Landing is ABC’s first television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The half-hour holiday special reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve, this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for a visit from the Big Guy (aka Santa Claus).
After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne (voice of Dave Foley) is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee (voice of Sarah Chalke), the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny (voice of Derek Richardson), an idealistic rookie who has an undying enthusiasm for Christmas.
During their Christmas Eve mission, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits. Will the elves be able to guide Dasher, Dancer, and the rest of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh through a raging snowstorm to ensure a Merry Christmas for all?
Prep & Landing Trailer
Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Prep & Landing
DisneyFamily.com offering exclusive Disney Prep & Landing activities including: Â· Do-It-Yourself Prep & Landing booklet, offering kids a guide to prep their house for Santa’s arrival Â· A printable village play set so kids can dream up their own adventures for Wayne and Lanny Â· Printable 3-D versions of the Disney Prep & Landing elves Â· Dozens of different holiday crafts and printable activities, including a Gingerbread man decoder, ornaments, and even a elf-size door craft so kids without a fireplace can make sure Wayne and Lanny inspect their home.
Mobile App Starting December 1, iPhone and iPod Touch users can download a new Disney Prep & Landing game featuring three mini-games and other content based on the television special. Players take on the role of Lanny, an elf in training, who takes on the various challenges and obstacles experienced at Kringle Academy . With the help of fellow rookie Wayne, Lanny’s goal is to finish the last three exams, graduate from the Academy and become part of the elite group of elves who prepare houses for Santa’s arrival. Cost: $.99