Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released "Prep & Landing" on DVD just in time to coincide with the premiere of its sequel. The special won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2010 and was well received by viewers. Now it's available for the first time to own for you and your family to watch whenever you want.
"Prep & Landing" centers on an elf named Wayne who is passed up for a job promotion and put in charge of training his new partner, Lanny. They work for a special force of elves who prepare houses all over the world for Santa's arrival. Lanny must help Wayne realize the importance of his role in Santa's Prep and Landing unit and recapture the spirit of Christmas.
Viewers loved "Prep & Landing" when it was shown on television. It garnered enough attention to convince Disney that a sequel was needed. The movie captures the magic of Christmas and helps kids learn about the meaning behind it in an entertaining way.
The animation for "Prep & Landing" is the standard CG we've been getting lately. There is nothing new here. The kids will love it. It is as good as anything else out there. Ten years from now I'm sure we'll all be looking back on CG animated films and specials the same way we do the Rankin/Bass Productions of the 1960s and 1970s.
"Prep & Landing" only comes in a single disc regular format DVD. A Blu-ray version has not been released. It includes the "Prep & Landing" bonus shorts "Operation Secret Santa" and "Tiny's Big Adventure." Both of these feature the same animation as the original special. The four "Kringle Academy" featurettes ("Elf Training Videos," "Welcome to Kringle Academy," "Equipment Training" and "Do's & Don'ts") are more of a digital comic book style of animation. The same goes for the faux newsreel footage used for the "North Pole News" featurette and the three "North Pole Commercials."
Kevin Deters ("How to Hook Up Your Home Theater") and Stevie Wermers-Skelton ("The Ballad of Nessie") directed "Prep & Landing." It stars the voice talents of David Foley ("Newsradio"), Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs") and David DeLuise ("Wizards of Waverly Place"). The special was written by Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers-Skelton, Chris Williams ("Bolt"), Robert L. Baird ("Cars"), Daniel Gerson ("Monsters Inc.") and Reid Harrison ("Drawn Together").
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