Christmas Is Here Again

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Christmas Is Here Again
Christmas-is-Here-Again.jpg
Directed by Robert Zappia
Produced by Robert Zappia
Jim Praytor
Written by Robert Zappia
Marco Zappia
Starring Edward Asner
Brad Garrett
Andy Griffith
Norm Macdonald
Madison Davenport
Narrated by Jay Leno
Music by John Van Tongeren
Distributed by Screen Media Ventures
Mill Creek Entertainment (2012)
Release date(s)
Running time 74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Christmas Is Here Again is a 2007 animated Christmas film released on DVD by Screen Media Films. The first feature production from the Renegade Animation studio,[2] it was co-written, co-produced and directed by Robert Zappia. Narrated by Jay Leno, the film features the voices of Edward Asner, Kathy Bates, Madison Davenport, Colin Ford, Brad Garrett, Andy Griffith, Shirley Jones, Norm Macdonald, and Daniel Roebuck.

Synopsis[edit]

Sophianna, a crippled orphan girl, sets out to find Santa's toy sack, (which is a magical source of toys since it was made from the baby Jesus' swaddling clothes) which is stolen by Krad who wants revenge after Santa stopped handing out coal to naughty children. She is helped in her quest by Paul Rocco, one of Santa's elves, Dart, a reindeer calf, Buster the fox, and his friend, Charlie the polar bear.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Renegade Animation, an animation company located in Glendale, California and known for the TV series Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi and The Mr. Men Show, teamed up with Easy to Dream Entertainment to create Christmas Is Here Again. A small crew spent nine months on the principal animation, which was completed in mid-2006.[2]

One of the songs in the film's soundtrack (as well as the film's working title) was "Who Stole Santa's Sack?"

Co-producer Darrell Van Citters, a Renegade staff member, once directed a Disney short called Fun with Mr. Future (1982).

Awards and release[edit]

Christmas Is Here Again premiered on October 20, 2007, as an official selection at the Heartland Film Festival.[1][3] The following year, it received an Annie Award nomination for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production (Madison Davenport as Sophianna).[4] Additionally, in 2009, Christmas is Here Again was nominated for the Annie Award for Best Animated Home Entertainment Production. Colin Ford, the voice of Dart, was also nominated for a Young Artist Award in 2009 for Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role - Young Actor.

The film was originally slated for a theatrical release in November 2007,[citation needed] but ultimately received its DVD debut in the U.S. on November 4, 2008. The disc contains a behind-the-scenes featurette, cast interviews and "Name the Reindeer", as extras.[5]

Originally, the reindeer on the DVD cover had a red nose akin to Rudolph's.[6] On the final version of the cover, it is black.

Reception[edit]

Richard Propes of The Independent Critic website gave it an A and 3.5 stars, calling it "an ideal choice for families, children and for Scrooges like myself who, somewhere deep inside, still want to believe".[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Heartland Film Festival information for Christmas Is Here Again". Truly Moving Pictures. 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Renegade Animation Completes "Christmas is Here Again"". Digital Publisher Magazine. Digital Media Online. 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  3. ^ a b Propes, Richard (2008). "Review of Christmas Is Here Again". The Independent Critic. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  4. ^ "List of awards and nominations". 35th Annie Awards. The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  5. ^ Yip, Roger (2008-09-09). "Christmas Is Here Again on DVD". DVDTOWN.com. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Christmas Is Here Again". Screen Media Films. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 

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