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Prep & Landing

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Clever holiday story is merry fun for the whole family.

Movie G 2011 22 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 3+

I saw this before I had a child and loved it so I couldn't till my son was old enough to watch it.

This is one of the those cartoons that have a couple of levels. I don't think a 3 year old will fully appreciate all the humour*, but they'll still enjoy the adventure. There is some very mild peril and tension, but short lived before a successful resolution. I think it is super family friendly and highly enjoyable. I'm fully looking forward to watching it with my son again this year. *There are jokes clearly aimed at adults around the Elf workplace that no kids is really going to get.
age 5+

Really is the best

This is my favorite Christmas special, hands down. I love it! I got excited the other day when I got told ABC was having a double feature on Friday. Prep and Landing is the best! Never had a favorite Christmas special until I saw Prep and Landing. It's so tinsel!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Just when you thought every avenue had been explored in the world of Christmas stories, along comes a story that will captivate you with its unique spin on a tiny facet of the magical holiday. This sugarplum of a tale will delight any kids who've fretted over the contingencies of Santa's visit -- how does Santa land safely on my roof? what if my dog barks at him? how can he be sure I'll be asleep when he comes? -- and reassure them that the North Pole team is a step ahead of every conceivable mishap.

Disney is well known for designing entertainment for both kids and parents, and this cute Christmas tale is no exception. Adults will pick up on the minor details that escape kids' attention (tie-ins to spy and action movies and a wealth of clever, high-tech gadgets) and will sympathize with Wayne's frustration over being slighted on the job and stuck with an overzealous coworker. But in the end, holiday spirit conquers all, tying in happy messages about unselfishness and compassion. Need another reason to like it? The special isn't tied to a merchandise line (at least, not yet...), so there's no fear of it prompting the "gimmes" from your kids.

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