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Prep & Landing is Just So Tinsel

The Two Gay Geeks and our Staff are taking a much needed break from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. But, we still wanted to have content for you to read during that time. As such we got busy and watched all of our favorite holiday videos. Some are classics and others are off-beat and loosely associated with the holidays. We hope you enjoy our offerings and that you holiday season is safe, sane, and satisfying.

It is the Holiday Season and that means we break out all of the movies that are related to the holidays and try to watch them ALL… (we get through most and then just give up).
While we may claim to own every holiday movie we don’t come close however, we do have an over abundance of them.

One film that a friend turned us onto a number of years ago is Prep & Landing (2009), the original. As of this writing there is a sequel called Prep & Landing Naughty vs. Nice (2011), and two shorts, Prep & Landing Operation Secret Santa (2010) and Prep & Landing Tiny’s Big Adventure (2011). All of these films are built on the Christmas Elves theme, with those elves being Wayne and Lanny.

Prep & Landing is about Wayne, an “old timer” in the Prep & Landing Department of the North Pole, who “preps” the houses for Santa’s arrival or landing. He has been doing this for 227 years, he says in the film, and has become little bitter because he lost the spirit of why he does what he does.

Enter Lanny, his new and not so bright partner. Lanny is fresh from Kringle Academy and everything is just so “Tinsel” to him in his naïve and bumbling sort of way. Wayne lets Lanny “go solo” on his first mission and what do you suppose could go wrong? Only everything. I won’t spoil what happens except to say that through the series of mishaps and a storm, Santa gets diverted form the house. So, there is to be no present this year for the child. Wayne is aghast. He and Lanny save the day and get the house fully prepped and Santa delivers as promised.

Lanny goes in to the Big Guys office to be fired, so he thinks but is surprised that he is not on the Naughty List. He just needed a reminder of why they do what they do at the North Pole.

This film (21 minutes) is a must watch every year and I laugh at all of the jokes every time. If you want a good laugh and something to take your mind off the madness, this is for you.
 

Prep & Landing Naughty vs. Nice is the sequel to the original Prep & Landing, this time with a couple of new characters, most notably Noel, and revolves around a kid who has stolen and interface to the Naughty and Nice List computer.

Mr. Thistleton has discovered that JingleSmell1337 is trying to hack the interface. So, Magee, the Christmas Eve Command Center Coordinator, sends Noel, Lanny, and Wayne on a mission to retrieve the fruitcake as it is called.

As usual, there are mishaps and craziness right out of the gate, these are the Christmas Elves, after all (and one Coal Elf, Noel). In the process of retrieving the fruitcake the antenna gets broken and, of course, the computer starts putting all kids on the naughty list.

Wayne and Noel have their moment and become their childhood heroes, Captain Avalanche and his trusty sidekick Snowball, and save the day. During all of this madness, Lanny gets “sparkled” and spends his time spouting witticisms and passing out. It is very funny.

The day is saved and there is a bit of a moral to the story, which is heart warming. Another must watch during the holidays.


 

Prep & Landing Operation Secret Santa is a short (6 minutes) with Betty White as Mrs. Claus, who sends Wayne and Lanny on a secret mission for her.

It is just a reason to do another team-up of the Christmas Elves and their bumbling antics. The short does have a surprise ending that is really nice.
 

Prep & Landing Tiny’s Big Adventure is a super short (1 minute) about how Tiny, who we see in every Prep & landing film except it is only the top of his hat because, well, he is tiny… badump ump. Anyway, We have not seen this one as I can’t find it anywhere however, just from the couple of stills form the short, it looks hilarious. Tiny destroys the break room trying to make a pot of coffee.

So, if you are in a mood at the holidays, these films are a bit of fun and frivolity that may lift your spirits. The cast is brilliant with Dave Foley as Wayne, Derek Richardson as Lanny, Sarah Chalke as Magee, and William Morgan Sheppard as the Big Guy.

The films generally run on ABC but you can purchase the two of them on disc at Amazon. Operation Secret Santa is available for streaming on Amazon and who knows where Tiny’s Big Adventure is. I would love to see that one to complete the collection.


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