Prep & Landing, 2009
You think your job gets stressful around the holidays.
It's not a surprise that one of the best animated holiday specials of the last few years was produced by John Lasseter. Prep & Landing had "instant classic" written all over it, even before the title sequence faded.
The idea was originally pitched by Chris Williams as a short film for the newly re-opened shorts program at Disney Animation Studios. Williams moved on to co-direct Bolt, and work continued under directors Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers.
As you would expect from Disney, the attention to detail is amazing. But for us at Curio & Co., it's the treatment of the story that really delights. Other Christmas specials may have focused on the day-to-day running of Santa's Workshop, but none of them capture the realism (this could be your co-workers!) that Prep & Landing does. And it always makes Margie cry. (True story.)
Magee: Oh yeah? Well, I have Santa for Secret Santa this year. How am I going to pull that off?