Saving Santa (2013)

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A lowly stable elf finds that he is the only one who can stop an invasion of the North Pole by using the secret of Santa's Sleigh, a TimeGlobe, to travel back in time to Save Santa - twice.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Snowy (voice)
Vera Baddington (voice)
Santa (voice)
Mercenary #1 (voice)
Minty / Reporter (voice)
Moosie Drier ...
Tin Soldier #1 / Old Man Elf (voice)
Mrs. Claus (voice)
Bernard D. Elf (voice)
Jackie Gonneau ...
Female Santech Elf with Glasses (voice)
Blitzen / Shortbread (voice) (as Nick Guest)
Orange Haired Elf / Chestnut (voice) (as Richard Horvitz)
Shiny (voice)
Tin Soldier #2 / Mercenary #3 (voice)


With dreams of being an inventor, opportunist and eccentric elf Bernard D. Elf is made to feel a fool yet again when his innovative creation to bring back people's favourite Christmas memories back to life fails miserably. However he is then presented with the perfect opportunity to prove his worth, when Santa is kidnapped by the evil Neville Baddington, and his demanding mother Vera, who have their heart set on discovering Santa's big secret: how he delivers presents across the world in just one night. However Bernard knows how he does it, using a time travelling device to ensure all children wake up on Christmas morning with their presents under the tree. The elf decides to use this to his advantage, as he plans on going back in time and preventing the abduction from ever happening, and save Santa - and Christmas - for the entire world. Written by press release

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Adventures of a time-traveling elf


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Release Date:

5 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mikulás-mentőakció  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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Near the beginning of the film at around 01 mins, a small boy sings and writes a letter "To Santa". Clearly visible as the frame zooms in are specific phrases. Notably, the second paragraph showing "All human beings are..." "and endowed by"; showing texts like a modified version of The Declaration of Independence were used instead of an actual letter to Santa. See more »


12 Days of Elevator Muzak
Song Arranged & Additional Lyrics by Grant Olding
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.. maybe i'm feeling festive this holiday season ...
27 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's movies like this that really make you appreciate Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks for the talent in their animation departments because it's when you actually watch a movie like this that makes it so apparent how easy the others make it look because 'Saving Santa' really did lack the animation skills that we have all grown accustomed to.

The story here was actually a lot of fun because it was primarily built around time travel and took all it's basics from a very familiar movie (Back To The Future) so i think the adults probably already know the 'rules' of time travel (for example, don't let your old self see the new you...etc..) .. but the plot - a global shipping company wanting to steal Santa's sled and all his secrets just so they can be the biggest shipping company in the world - just went beyond cheesy... and not exactly one that the kids would understand all that well either.

The voices really didn't offer too much excitement... the songs, which were much more than i had hoped for and were used very 'musical-esque', easily had no excitement and/or energy... and the dialogue was also very predictable and uninspiring, although there were two parts that i thought were legitimately funny.

Even with all the warts, i gave this movie a six - but mostly because it surprisingly excelled in the future scenes and the tying together of the storyline between past moments and present moments (if you are an Arrested Development fan, you may really appreciate how well these all work) and also because it was still a Christmas movie set in the north pole :-)

.. maybe i'm feeling festive this holiday season with an almost undeserving six stars - would be a little more accurate to give it a five and a half - but it was fun and not even a full ninety minutes.

Merry Christmas everybody.

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