Missing Christmas (2012)

A young Kiwi boy vows to get Santa Claus' attention and bring Christmas to his tiny, overlooked island.


Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans | 1 more credit »


Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans (story) | 2 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Teuila Blakely ... Kiri TePania
Ilah Cooper Ilah Cooper ... Little Girl
Ryan Cooper ... Various
Rhys Darby ... Mayor Dennis Gob
Tammy Davis Tammy Davis ... Tane TePania
Matt Gibb Matt Gibb ... DOC Worker
Leigh Hart Leigh Hart ... Mr. Slab
Temuera Morrison ... Jack TePania
John Rhys-Davies ... Narrator / Santa
Josh Thomson ... Fridge


Young Tane Te Pania loves Christmas with all his heart, but is disappointed every year when Santa inadvertently overlooks his town. Tane lives on Ngaro Island just below Stewart Island. It's a small secluded town, self-sufficient, off the map, and pretty much completely off the radar. So far off the radar that it's not even included in weather forecasts. The Island is connected to the mainland by a single extension cord. Every year, Tane celebrates Christmas to its fullest, embracing the "movie-like" imagery of Christmas that he's always adored. He dresses like it is winter, goes bob-sledding in make-believe snow, and puts reindeer antlers on his dog Blitzen. When the mayor reveals that the mainland plans to turn off the power to the Island and relocate everyone, Tane won't accept it and announces to his friends and family that this year Santa will come and save Ngaro Island. Now Tane needs to use every bit of his Kiwi ingenuity to make his town noticeable. Written by Ryan Cooper

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Little Boy. Big Dream






New Zealand



Release Date:

24 December 2012 (New Zealand) See more »


Box Office


NZD90,000 (estimated)
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Mukpuddy Animation See more »
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