A poor young girl has a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. Desperate to keep warm, the girl lights the matches she sells, and envisions a very different life for herself in the fiery flames.
Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa's Prep and Landing elite unit.
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Santa's stealthiest elves are enlisted by Mrs. Claus to retrieve a mysterious item hidden the office of Santa Claus. Can the duo acquire the target in time, or will they be discovered by the big guy and doomed to placement on the naughty list?
The logo was Disney, but Operation Secret Santa has quite a bit of the Pixar feel...and that's a good thing.
John Lasseter produces, and Pixar music regular Michael Giacchino lends a top-notch score. The pacing is great, everything is kept light and fun, and the animation itself is quite nice.
I was delighted to see a new animated holiday story put in the mix that has some solid production values. While I wouldn't put it on the level of some of the Pixar shorts (shown in theaters before their feature films), for TV, it's a stand-out. Perhaps, if it is well received, we'll see a return of new, animated shorts for the holidays like this one. Cross your fingers.
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