The holiday season is nearly upon us and ABC is set to kick off the month of December with the premiere of a half-hour Christmas special called Disney Prep & Landing
. We’ve got some preview clips and a synopsis for the special, which sounds like it’ll be fine holiday fun for the whole family.
The animated special features the voices of Dave Foley, Sarah Chalke and Derek Richardson. And even better than the great cast of voices, the special is exec-produced by John Lasseter. If you’re not familiar with Lasseter’s name, chances are, you will recognize his work. He’s the mastermind behind a number of amazing Pixar films, including the Toy Story
trilogy, The Incredibles
and a number of others (including some of those fantastic Pixar shorts). So yeah, I’m thinking this new special could be an instant classic if it manages to measure up to Lasseter’s reputation.
Below is ABC’s description for Prep & Landing
, which airs December 1st, and further down are some clips.
“Disney Prep & Landing, ABC's first television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, will air TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
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 the yearly visit from The Big Guy, their code name for Santa Claus.
After working tirelessly on Prep & Landing for 227 years, an elf named Wayne is upset when he doesn't receive an expected promotion to be the Director of Naughty List Intelligence. Instead, Magee, the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator (NPCECCC for short), partners Wayne with Lanny, 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?
The cast of includes Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio) as Wayne, Sarah Chalke (Maneater, Scrubs) as Magee and Derek Richardson (MEN IN TREES, Hostel, Dumb and Dumberer) as Lanny.
John Lasseter is executive producer of Disney Prep & Landing. Dorothy McKim is the producer, and the directors are Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton.”