Disney’s Prep & Landing is finally coming to DVD, I can't wait to see it. The modern Christmas special first debuted on ABC in November 2009 and was the network’s first animated television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Personally after watching the short I can't stop myself from humming the theme music by Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Up, Ratatouille).This holiday special won an Emmy Award in 2010 for Outstanding Animated Program.
First pitched by director Chris Williams as a short film for the newly re-opened shorts program at Walt Disney Animation Studios. John Lasseter like the idea and decided to make it as a television special. ABC executives were keen to repeat the success of the 2007 DreamWorks Animation special Shrek the Halls, and approved the project.
The DVD also includes several bonus features:
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. Clause (voiced by Betty White) into Santa’s office.
- Prep & Landing Kringle Academy Training Videos – Elf training videos shot in Santa’s workshop.
- Welcome to Kringle Academy
- Equipment Training
- Dos and Don’ts
- North Pole News – Newsreel with big stories for the tiniest elf.
- North Pole Commercials – Three ads straight from the North Pole.
You can pick up your copy of Disney’s Prep & Landing on November 22, 2011. As Lanny would say, that is so tinsel!