Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen
Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen is an American stop-motion animated Christmas television special directed by David H. Brooks, and produced by BixPix Entertainment, Once Upon a Frog and Madison Street Entertainment, originally aired in 2006. The show's plot has Rusty Reindeer (Fred Savage) the younger 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 cherub (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 number 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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