As the Christmas season approaches, Dan Ryebeck (Ethan Erickson) is facing unemployment, and struggling to pay for the gifts he thinks will impress his two kids, Sally (Annie Thurman) and Joe (Griffin Cleveland). Always chasing a new business idea, Dan hasn't had time for family, including his wife Linda (Anne Dudek), who is finally fed up and filing divorce papers. Threatened by Linda's handsome and successful young boss, Trevor (Steve Valentine), Dan knows he must make this Christmas the best one yet to win his family back. But after auditioning for a mall Santa job and quickly losing his cool, Dan is frustrated and broke, blaming the holidays for his troubles. Little does he know his luck is about to turn around when the real Kris Kringle (Donovan Scott) pays him a visit from the North Pole. Deciding to take a vacation and leave Dan in charge, Kris sends his hard-working elf assistant Eddie (Sean Astin) to guide Dan as the new Santa Claus, hoping he'll learn a lesson in Christmas spirit. With the sudden power to impress Linda and the kids by making every wild Christmas wish come true, Dan soon gets carried away. As the fate of the whole world's Christmas rests in his hands, can Dan focus on what his family really needs without flubbing his greatest gig yet?
I hope it keeps up and gets a second season. Just look at SoA. It started to get popular at the ending of the second season. Networks need more patience instead of cancelling after one season if some ratings are low.
I LOVE this movie! I remember watching this for the first time when I was a teen, I immediately fell in love w/ Marky Mark(Mark Wahlberg). He's a great actor and I'm glad to see him back on the big screen recently after years of not seeing him in any movies.
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is a 1970 stop motion television special, made by Rankin-Bass. The film stars actor Fred Astaire as S.D. Kluger, the narrator, and Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus. The film tells the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. It is based on the hit Christmas song of the same name, which was introduced on radio by Eddie Cantor in 1934, and the story of Saint Nicholas.
The special was created using stop motion animation called 'Animagic', in which all the characters are made out of wood and plastic and animated via stop-motion photography. The special was originally telecast by ABC and continues to air every year on sibling channel ABC Family, though both channels have at times edited the special to make room for commercials (ABC has cut two key songs, as well as two other songs in half; ABC Family has cut several scenes that might be traumatizing to younger viewers, including the scene where the Burgermeister Meisterburger character torches the seized toys in front of the children of Sombertown).
This is quite a fantastic show. The acting has been superb thus far. Some of my favorites appear in it like Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, and Anna Popplewell. Every episode leaves me dying to watch the next and the plots are well thought out. The characters are well rounded and the costumes are beautiful. I remember when I watched the Tudors and thought they had great costumes but these are 10 times more stunning. That's France for you I guess :P
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys is a computer-animated feature that was originally released to home video on October 30, 2001, and has had subsequent broadcasts on ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas. It is a sequel to the Rankin/Bass Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The vocal cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Dreyfuss.
OK I got super excited when they brought a British guy on and I thought he was there to stay. But then I got a double disappointment. Not only was he NOT British but he left town. Also, I like Lemmon with her present guy. he's super sweet and not too bad looking either. As for AnnaBeth and Mayor Hayes, that's two enthusiastic thumbs up. Zoe and Wade I've loved since they got together but there's something about them that I'm slowly growing disenchanted with.