Christmas 2009 came with a new gift from Disney • Pixar: Prep & Landing. This is a new holiday classic featuring a pair of elves that prepare each home for the arrival of Santa Claus. They make sure that the children are asleep, and any potential problems are neutralized before he comes to deliver presents to the home. It only took the first few minutes to make it one of my favorite Christmas specials that I have ever seen. I must have watched it a few dozen times last year.
I learned something very exciting today. Not only is Prep & Landing going to air again this year (hoping for a Blu-ray release some day), but they’re also working on a sequel! Now, the sequel isn’t due until Christmas 2011, is a very long wait.
I was a bit disappointed that I would have to wait another year to have another adventure in the world that was so thoroughly established in the original, and then I saw that they are releasing a short this year as well!
I remember the first time that I watched Prep & Landing. I was blown away. Not only was it a very short special, but it had a lot of heart and when it ended, I wanted more. I didn’t expect it to happen, and not this quickly. Here’s what I know about each new adventure. The short – Operation: Secret Santa, and the sequel – Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.
The Prep & Landing short: Operation: Secret Santa
In “Operation: Secret Santa,” Santa’s stealthiest elves, Lanny (Derek Richardson) and Wayne (Dave Foley), are asked by Mrs. Claus (Betty White) and Magee (Sarah Chalke) to retrieve something hidden in Santa’s (Morgan Sheppard) office. If he catches them, they risk being placed on the Naughty List.
The sequel: Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Walt Disney Animation Studios describes “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”: With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid! Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out the foremost Naughty Kid expert to aid in the mission: a bombastic member of the Coal Bucket Brigade who also happens to be his estranged brother, Noel.
The shows are executive produced by John Lasseter of Walt Disney Animation Studios / Pixar. Be sure to watch Prep & Landing and Operation: Secret Santa this year. I think that you’ll enjoy them.
Here are a bunch of stills from Operation: Secret Santa: