Friday, December 2, 2011

Disney: Prep & Landing - DVD Review (This is Soooo Tinsel!)

Our personal Elf on the Shelf, Larch, arrived in the wee hours of the night to keep an eye out for good and/or naughty behavior. He is here to stay until Christmas Eve. So far he has spent most of his time lingering near the TV. That location gives him a pretty good vantage point of the proceedings in our home, but I'm pretty sure he chose the location so that he could watch movies at night when we're sleeping, namely the newly released Disney DVD, Prep & Landing.

In this short, animated Disney flick, Santa's "prep and landing" unit (comprised of a team of talented elves) readies homes for Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve. The elves scan for creatures stirring with a nifty gingerbread detector, perform cookie assessments, measure the tree and prep the landing zone. Santa's top "prep and landing" guy Wayne has been at the job for 227 years. Peeved at Santa for not giving him a promotion, he nearly botches a stealth operation at poor little Timmy's house. Wayne's rookie partner, Lanny, reminds him why his job is so important, and the two work together to right the "figgy pudding" situation and save Timmy's Christmas.

Really, I can't blame our elf for wanting to watch the DVD over and over (he's not the only one who has watched it multiple times in our family). After all, Prep & Landing is certainly a very funny and very entertaining holiday special, and it just so happens to star several awesome elves. The show originally aired in 2009 on ABC and is the first animated television special produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. An immediate hit, Prep & Landing has since won several awards including an Emmy® Award in 2010 for Outstanding Animated Program. What can I say, our elf has good taste!

The adventure features the quality animation you'd expect from Disney and appeals not only to elves, but children and adults of all ages. The show cracks me up every time I watch it with memorable quips like, "This is so tinsel" and "Oh, Frostbite!" All of Santa's crew have code names or call signs. Santa goes by "Partridge" and the reindeer are the "Eight maids a-milking," a nickname they clearly don't appreciate.

It's really too bad the "Prep and Landing" feature show is only 22 minutes long! The story is so cute, Disney could have easily made it into a much longer feature. Short is OK with us, though. Prep & Landing, a modern day classic, lives up to the standards set by other family holiday television classics like Rudolph, The Grinch and Frosty!

For those that want more, the DVD does offer a couple amusing bonuses:

"Operation Secret Santa" - In this sequel to "Prep and Landing," Mrs. Claus (Betty White) asks Lanny and Wayne to secretly retrieve a special object in Santa's office while he's sleeping. She later surprises Santa with a one-of-a-kind gift. (7-minute animated short)

"Tiny's Big Adventure" - Tiny, a small assistant elf, tries to make a pot of coffee. (1-minute animated short)

The "Kringle Academy - Elf Training Videos" aren't quite as interesting. Three very short, military-like training reels give instructions on how to become a skilled elf. Afterward, North pole newsreels and commercials (reminiscent of WWII war-time propaganda) air.

Don't miss out! An all-new, 1/2 hour Prep & Landing episode, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice airs this Monday, December 5th, 2011, at 8:30|7:30c on ABC. Here's a brief synopsis: Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking Naughty Kid!

Related Links:
Disney Prep & Landing Website (includes games, activites and more)
Prep & Landing Crafts & Recipes
Prep & Landing on Facebook

(DVD Source: DVD provided for review purposes by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. All opinions expressed are my own. I am an Amazon affiliate and may receive a very small commission for products purchased through my Amazon links. View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)


Kate Kane said...

My family and I enjoyed the first Prep and Landing and we were excited to find Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice on The whole concept behind these cartoons is truly adorable and my husband had a hoot watching the technology and hacking skills in Naughty vs. Nice. I especially liked this short film because of the good message it has for kids with siblings. I work for DISH and I watch a lot of movies and TV shows, especially around the holidays, but these flicks by Disney are certain to be classics for our children when they grow up!