Just in time for the Holidays, Disney presents “Prep & Landing”!
Prep & Landing originally aired on ABC in 2009, and I (like the rest of you) can now delete it off the ol’ DVR since it’s now on DVD!
I grew up looking forward to the annual airings of Christmas specials on TV (Charlie Brown, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman) but the problem with them is that they tend to get stale after a while. Don’t get me wrong, the classics are the classics and I LOVE EM! But you gotta have something new after a while and Prep & Landing delivers! The only problem with Prep & Landing is that it’s too short. This isn’t a feature-length movie, it’s a 22 minute made for TV special.
The bonus features help to fill a bit of the void that would otherwise be left empty on such a short DVD release. There’s 2 animated shorts, “Tiny’s Big Adventure” and “Operation Secret Santa” (featuring the voice of Betty White as Mrs. Claus) as well as a bunch of short “Training Academy” videos. I remember the videos from the Prep & Landing website two years ago and it’s nice to see them again! One of the videos is for an elf dating service called “Elf Date”. Sometimes it pays to follow a hunch because if you go to elfdate.com it will take you to an actual Prep & Landing website. The site isn’t really a big secret, it’s the page for the sequel “Naughty Vs. Nice” which also says there is going to be another airing on December 23rd on ABC, just in case you missed it’s debut.
A full list of the bonus features is below. Be sure to pick up a copy (if you haven’t already) and enjoy this one with the whole family before Christmas!
Prep & Landing is an adorable holiday story about a high-tech team of elves who ensure homes around the world are properly prepared for their visit from Santa. After working for a tireless 227 years, an elf named Wayne (voiced by Dave Foley) is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion. Instead he is partnered with an idealistic rookie elf named Lanny (voiced by Derek Richardson) to execute a special Christmas Eve mission. While on their journey, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits and ultimately threaten Christmas for children around the world. But in the end, these two elves work together to guide Santa through a raging snowstorm in order to save Christmas.
Prep & Landing Stocking Stuffer Shorts:
- Tiny’s Big Adventure – The assistant to the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center is trying to make a pot of coffee and in the process, accidentally ruins the elves’ break room
- Operation Secret Santa? – Lead elves Lanny and Wayne are sent on a special assignment by Mrs. Claus (voice of Betty White) into Santa’s office
Prep & Landing Kringle Academy Training Videos – Entertaining Elf training videos shot in Santa’s workshop
- Elfdate.com/The Fruitcake Factory/Spa Navidad
- Welcome to Kringle Academy
- Kringle Academy Equipment Training
- Academy Do’s and Don’ts