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Saving Santa (2013)

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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Tony Nottage (story) (as Antony Nottage), Ricky Roxburgh (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Newell Alexander ... Butterscotch / Mercenary #4 (voice)
Noel Clarke ... Snowy (voice)
Joan Collins ... Vera Baddington (voice)
Tim Conway ... Santa (voice)
David Cowgill ... Mercenary #1 (voice)
Tim Curry ... Neville Baddington (voice)
Holly Dorff ... Minty / Reporter (voice)
Moosie Drier Moosie Drier ... Tin Soldier #1 / Old Man Elf (voice)
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Claus (voice)
Martin Freeman ... Bernard D. Elf (voice)
Jackie Gonneau Jackie Gonneau ... Female Santech Elf with Glasses (voice)
Nicholas Guest ... Blitzen / Shortbread (voice) (as Nick Guest)
Richard Steven Horvitz ... Orange Haired Elf / Chestnut (voice) (as Richard Horvitz)
Ashley Tisdale ... Shiny (voice)
David Zyler ... Tin Soldier #2 / Mercenary #3 (voice)
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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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Country:

UK | USA | India

Language:

English | Mongolian

Release Date:

5 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mikulás-mentőakció See more »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Gateway Films,Prana Studios See more »
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Color
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Trivia

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 »

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Do or Die
Music & Lyrics by Grant Olding
Performed by Ashley Tisdale and Martin Freeman
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Not that great at all! 2/10
8 November 2014 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: This movie was made just for the kiddies, without a thought for the adults who would have to sit through it. The jokes were pretty patronising and the storyline was confusing in some parts. The animation didn't look too bad, but the attention to detail wasn't that great. I also found the singing annoying and the main character, who was a cockney elf, was just a bit to silly for me. I know that the movie was made for kids who still believe in Santa and the whole reindeer and sleigh myth, but I honestly think that kids are a bit too advanced nowadays to find this movie watchable. As I hadn't heard of the film before I watched it, I wasn't overly disappointed, but I honestly think that it was a waste of time and money. 

Round-Up: Martin Freeman's career seems to have its up and downs, but I can't fault him for trying out every genre. From being a porn star in Love Actually to being a murderer in the Fargo TV series and then switching to play the main character in the Hobbit franchise, he has definitely had some different challenges to sink his teeth into. There was also the weird and obscure Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, were he also played the main character pretty well, but Sam Rockwell stole the limelight. I personally find his, very English dry sense of humour, the same in all of his movies, which is why I liked him in the serious role in Fargo. Anyway, I doubt that this movie will hurt his career, but it definitely won't be one that will boost his portfolio.

Budget: $7.5million Worldwide Gross: N/A

I recommend this movie to people who are into there animation comedies about an elf who is trying to save Santa from an evil doer who wants to know the secret behind his time travelling sleigh. 2/10


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