3-D Animation

Disney's Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

Distributed by: Walt Disney Animations Studios

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Iíve been a fan of the Disney Prep & Landing 3D-animated Christmas television specials since the first one aired in 2009.  When I heard that a new installment of Prep & Landing would be airing on ABC on December 5, 2011 after A Charlie Brown Christmas, I couldnít wait to see it.

            In Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, a naughty list regular somehow gets their hands on a piece of top secret North Pole technology and attempts to log in to the Naughty/Nice system, Wayne (Dave Foley) and Lanny (Derek Richardson) are sent on a mission to get this sensitive piece of equipment back.  Unfortunately for Wayne, who is trying to make Elf of the Year, they will be partnering with a member of the Coal Brigade.  Even worseÖitís Noel (Rob Riggle), Wayneís upstaging brother.  Can Wayne set aside his animosity for his brother long enough to help save Christmas?

            After the disappointing cut of A Charlie Brown Christmas (They cut the scene with Sally and her letter to Santa, an extremely important scene to the meaning of the whole cartoon!), I really hoped that this new Prep & Landing installment didnít disappoint.  Iím happy to say it did not.  I loved the idea of another section of stealth elves who distribute coal instead of prepping for Santaís landing.  I cracked at the ways the  naughty kid (Emily Alyn Lind) outsmarted the elves and was happy when she was given a chance at redemption.  After all, her reasons for being on the Naughty List were understandable once you got to know what they were.

            I also enjoyed the message the cartoon sent - just because your younger sibling may get on your nerves, thatís no reason to treat them poorly and end up on the Naughty List.  As Wayne finally realizes, an older sibling should always try to be someone younger siblings can look up to as a role model.

            The story was cute with funny little bits for both adults and children.  The storyline is as original as ever and the message is something that everyone, young or old, should carry in their hearts.  Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice is a great addition to the holiday television special lineup. 


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