Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen
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Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen is a stop-motion animated Christmas television special directed by David H. Brooks, that originally aired in 2006. The show's plot has Rusty Reindeer (Fred Savage) the brother of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer joining a support group for depressed holiday icons, and he and the other characters search for the meaning of Christmas and help a young boy (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) to get on Santa's nice list. Rusty's cohorts include Candie, the Easter Bunny (Gladys Knight); Mr. C, the grouchy cupid (Paul Rodriguez); Albert, the Thanksgiving Turkey (Harland Williams); And Trick and Treat (Brenda Song and Emily Osment) the teenage Halloween Ghosts.
- John Ales as Hank/Roger
- Edie McClurg as Mrs. Claus
- John O'Hurley as Kringle
- Gladys Knight as Candie
- Paul Rodriguez as Mr.C Aka Cupid
- Fred Savage as Rusty Reindeer
- Brenda Song as Treat
- Emily Osment as Trick
- Dylan and Cole Sprouse as Kid
- Fred Willard as Santa Claus/Dog Catcher
- Harland Williams as Albert the Thanksgiving Turkey
- Andrew Block as Photographer Elf/Tech Elf/Dad/Italian Chef
The 60 minute Christmas special was sponsored by Campbell's Soup, Wal-Mart, Ask.com, and Coke. There was a large amount of product placements included in the film.
The DVD was released on October 30, 2006 by PorchLight Entertainment, and distributed by Wal-Mart and ART industries.
It was a free DVD in The Australian Women's Weekly in 2008.
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