First Look at Mickey Saves Christmas Holiday Special
Live-action comedy classics. Star-studded variety programs. Beloved hand-drawn cartoons. Christmas entertainment comes in many forms… but there’s just something especially joyful about stop-motion-animated stories at the holidays. The history of these beloved shows—created by posing small puppets on scale-model sets—stretches back to television specials from the 1960s and runs through the genre’s pinnacle in 1993 with the Disney feature film Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Now Mickey Mouse and friends have their own stop-motion special, Mickey Saves Christmas.
Mickey Saves Christmas plugs right in to the stop-motion holiday tradition, with its storybook locations—a quaint village, a snowy forest, the North Pole, Santa’s workshop—and its Christmas Eve story line. When the lights on the roof of Mickey’s cabin go out just as Santa tries to land, a mishap leaves the jolly old elf with no toys for the children of Hot Dog Hill. So, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto all hop aboard Santa’s sleigh to get to the North Pole in time to make and wrap a new batch of gifts. With the elves having clocked out, it’s up to Mickey and friends to save Christmas.
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Where there’s dancing, there has to be festive music, and Mickey Saves Christmas is full of fresh and catchy songs by composer Ben Zeadman and lyricist Laura Schein. “They really brought so much to this project,” Brooks says. “These are sing-along songs. You should have seen me singing along on the set, and singing through the halls of the studio, just repeating these songs over and over.”
As with the best family holiday specials, Mickey Saves Christmas will appeal to the young and the young at heart. It’s also a milestone—the longest stop-motion Mickey Mouse production to date.
Mickey Saves Christmas premieres on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. EST. You can catch Mickey Saves Christmas on ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD on Nov. 27, as well as streaming it on Disney+.
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