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How Murray Saved Christmas (2014)

One-hour animated special surrounding a surly deli owner Murray Weiner, who is forced to step into Santa's shoes for one Christmas and bumbles his way into doing a great job.

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Peter Avanzino

Writer:

Mike Reiss
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Alexander ... Doc Holiday (voice)
Sean Hayes ... Edison Elf (voice)
Dennis Haysbert ... Narrator (voice)
Nick Jameson ... Various
Tom Kenny ... Various (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Various
Tress MacNeille ... Various
John Ratzenberger ... Officer Bender (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Santa Claus (voice)
Jerry Stiller ... Murray Weiner (voice)
Billy West ... Various (voice)
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One-hour animated special surrounding a surly deli owner Murray Weiner, who is forced to step into Santa's shoes for one Christmas and bumbles his way into doing a great job.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The character Officer Bender was likely named after Bender Bending Rodriguez from Futurama, which was also directed by Peter Avanzino. See more »

Goofs

According to the groundhog when he sees his shadow, that spring will be coming. According the groundhog day tradition, Spring comes if a groundhog cannot see its shadow, not the other way round. See more »

Quotes

Murray Weiner: On, Dumbo and Jumbo, on, Mason and Dixon, on, Cosmo and Kramer and Richard M. Nixon.
Edison Elf: That wasn't even close.
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Connections

References Seinfeld (1989) See more »

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Fun Special
19 August 2017 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 200 HOLIDAY FILMS. I HAVE NO AGENDA.

A quaint little town called Stinky Cigars – a secret location hidden only by a name that was chosen to repel tourists – is populated by iconic holiday characters from every culture around the world. It is home to Santa Claus and his workshop full of hard-working elves, and to other holiday figures from the best-known (Cupid, the Easter Bunny, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln) to the most minor and obscure (Arbor Day Aardvark, Labor Day Amos).

The story, which is narrated in verse and "cheekily punctuated" by original songs,[1] centers on Edison Elf (Sean Hayes), an optimistic inventor with an unexpectedly hazardous new toy, and Murray Weiner (Jerry Stiller), the cranky owner of the town's diner. Murray's talent for delivering orders makes the unwilling curmudgeon the only person in town who can fill in for an injured Santa (Kevin Michael Richardson) on Christmas Eve.

Fun special. There is plenty of holiday material that this cleverly spoofs. What is nice is that the makers of this film do not "Dumb it Down" when I am sure they were tempted.


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