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Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice is a 2011 computer animated 3-D television special, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, and directed by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton. It aired on December 5, 2011, on the ABC TV channel.[2] The special is the second and final half-hour Christmas special, and the fourth and final short film in the Prep & Landing series, after Prep & Landing, Tiny's BIG Adventure, and Operation: Secret Santa.

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Prep & Landing - Naughty vs. Nice poster.jpg
GenreAnimated television special
Created byThe Walt Disney Company
Based onan Idea by Chris Williams
Written byKevin Deters
Stevie Wermers-Skelton
Directed byKevin Deters
Stevie Wermers-Skelton
StarringDave Foley
Derek Richardson
Sarah Chalke
Rob Riggle
Chris Parnell
W. Morgan Sheppard
Emily Alyn Lind
Hayes MacArthur
Phil LaMarr
Christopher Harrison
Grace Potter
Kevin Deters
Music byMichael Giacchino[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Dorothy McKim
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseDecember 5, 2011



The beginning of the special introduces the Coal Elf Brigade, a special unit of Christmas elves that is responsible for delivering lumps of coal to naughty children. While seeming cruel to some, the brigade adds small, encouraging notes to the lumps such as "Try Harder next year," in an attempt to steer the children back to the nice list.

With the Big 2-5 fast approaching, Wayne and Lanny must race to recover classified North Pole technology that has fallen into the hands of a hacker identified only as "jinglesmell1337." Desperate to prevent Christmas from descending into chaos, Wayne seeks out (at the insistence of Magee) the foremost Naughty Kid expert to aid in the mission, a bombastic member of the Coal Elf Brigade who also happens to be his estranged younger (but larger) brother, Noel.[2] Reluctant to take the extroverted Noel along with him, Wayne relents, and Noel joins the Prep & Landing team on the mission. During the trip, Noel and Wayne reminisce about their childhood, when they worked together far better than they do now. As the trio arrives at the hacker's house, Wayne sets off a booby trap, imperiling the entire team; Noel manages to defend himself, Wayne takes a particular beating from the trap's various mechanisms, and Lanny makes it into the hacker's room, only to accidentally "sparkle" himself and end up taken captive.

The hacker then reveals herself to be Grace Goodwin, whose sole mission is to get herself off the naughty list, believing that she had been set up by her toddler brother, who had destroyed her favorite toy and ruined her chances to ask Santa for a new one by his crying. After a somewhat intoxicated Lanny suggests using the "magic word" to get the password for the device that will get her off the list, she does just that: using the word "please" as the password, since genuinely naughty kids never say "please." At first, she appears successful in changing her status from naughty to nice, but the device malfunctions, threatening to place the entire planet on the naughty list unless she and the team can pull off a risky operation to fix the problem.

Meanwhile, Wayne is particularly bitter at being "shown up" by his younger brother, prompting a fight in the street in front of Grace's house in which Wayne wishes he never had a brother. Shocked at his statement, Noel (who always idolized Wayne growing up) asks Wayne to say he didn't mean it, then throws what he had intended to give Wayne as a Christmas present at him. The gift—a toy sled that Wayne had wanted as a boy but was never able to get—prompts Wayne to reconcile with Noel and carry out the mission. Grace, watching the whole argument as it unfolds, learns a powerful lesson and a newfound appreciation for her younger brother.

The next morning, the scene at the Goodwin house shows Grace's toddler brother giving her her new Christmas present, a replacement toy for the one he had destroyed a year prior. Meanwhile, back at the North Pole, Wayne and Noel both win the title of "Elves of the Year" for their efforts and cooperation (although the headline of the local paper misprints Wayne's name as "Dwayne").



The special was released on DVD and Blu-ray of Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection on November 6, 2012, together with Prep & Landing, Operation: Secret Santa, and Tiny's BIG Adventure.[3][4] The 3D version of the special is being screened at the Muppet*Vision 3D theatre at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA.[5]


On December 5, 2011, on the day of its first broadcast, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice was nominated for eleven Annie Awards in seven categories by the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA-Hollywood.[6] It won four awards, one for character animation, character design, music and storyboarding.[7]

Result Award Winner/Nominee Recipient(s)
Nominated Best General Audience Animated TV Production Walt Disney Animation Studios
Nominated Character Animation in a Television Production Chad Sellers
Nominated Rebecca Wilson Bresee
Won Tony Smeed
Won Character Design in a Television Production Bill Schwab
Nominated Directing in a Television Production Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers-Skelton
Won Music in a Television Production Grace Potter, Michael Giacchino
Nominated Storyboarding in a Television Production Barry W. Johnson
Won Brian Kesinger
Nominated Joe Mateo
Nominated Writing in a Television Production Kevin Deters, Stevie Wermers-Skelton


  1. ^ "CHRIS PARNELL AND MICHAEL GIACCHINO TO APPEAR AT D23 EXPO". ABC Medianet. August 16, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g ""PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE," PRODUCED BY WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS, AIRS MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on November 7, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Prep And Landing Totally Tinsel Collection". Walt Disney Home Entertainment. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "Prep And Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection (Blu-ray + DVD) (Widescreen)". Walmart. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Kubersky, Seth (December 24, 2012). "Last Week at Disneyland Resort (12/16/2012 – 12/22/2012)". Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  6. ^ "2011 Annie Award Nominations" (PDF). International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. December 5, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  7. ^ Beck, Jerry (February 4, 2012). ""Rango" tops Annie Award Winners". Cartoon Brew. Archived from the original on June 3, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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