Cancel Christmas

Synopsis: Santa Claus discovers children have become too greedy and must prove otherwise before his favorite holiday is canceled. Santa's mission is to teach two incorrigible children the importance of charity.
Director(s): John Bradshaw
Production: Chesler/Perlmutter Productions
  1 nomination.
87 min


Ho, ho, ho!

You're late!

Where is Fred?

And Natalie, Harry,

the whole board.


I'm Constance.

What couldn't wait until after

Christmas, Madame Chairperson?

The board is not pleased with

the current state of affairs.


Namely the selfish attitude

displayed by the world's children.

The board is of the opinion that

you share some responsibility

in this erosion of the

true spirit of Christmas.

The true spirit of Christmas

is the giving of oneself.

That message is being lost.

Children today worship money.

They only think in terms of

give me this and give me that.

I don't understand.

Children sit

on your knee.


And tell you

what they want.


And you give it

to them.


Course sometimes you

choose not to.


Is this

about the pony?

It's Constance...

And that has nothing to

do with my feelings today!

Changes need to

be made.

What kind

of changes?

It's time for you to

step down.

Ho, ho ho ho ho!

Who will replace me?

No one.

You're canceling


Just the Santa part.

Of course the board

will retain all rights to

your image for merchandising

purposes and so on.

But your actual services,

will no longer be needed.

Paragraph four of my

contract clearly states

that I cannot be

forcibly retired.

I'm well aware

of paragraph four.

The terms also state,

that you are to foster

an attitude of holiday

cheer year round.

And engender the spirit of

Christmas in all the young.

Yes, well we'll

settle for three.

Farley Morgan, and his best and

only friend, Steven Rojack.

Two students at Riverbrook Academy,

an exclusive private school.

Two uncontrolled

and uncontrollable hellions.

This one is

a little different.

Adam Claymore.

His mother is a teacher

at Riverbrook Academy;

he was put into a wheelchair

last year after a car accident

that also took

the life of his father.

His anger has shut him

off from Christmas,

and what's worse,

from his mother.

Provide verifiable proof that your

influence has inspired an attitude

in accordance with the

true meaning of Christmas

and you get to

keep your job.

And if I don't?

Christmas is cancelled.

You have thirty days.

Thirty days, that's right

up 'til Christmas Eve.

I'm well aware.

Oh and

one more thing...

You're prohibited from revealing

your true identity to them.

What's this?

It's a phone. Don't tell me

you're that far behind the times.

I know it's a phone. Why

are you giving it to me?

If you should succeed, at any of your

three tasks, this phone will ring.

Good luck.

Thank you. Merry

Christmas, Connie.

Merry Christmas,


Three rings.

Randal. You were eavesdropping.

I thought you might

need backup.

This Constance woman

is a real, a real...

Bah Humbug?


Failure is not

an option.


What in tarnation

is this?

While she was speaking, I was doing

research on Farley and Steve.

I hope you find that

very useful.

What do I do

with this?

You plug it into

your laptop.

I have a laptop?

Okay, let's go.

Time is a wasting.

You're in charge.

Oooohhhh! Now that

wasn't so bad, was it?

I still prefer traveling

by reindeer.

I miss the

old chin warmer.

You are going to

get used to it my friend.

I understand that we

have to be incognito.

I know the importance

of not being recognized.

But why the

ridiculous clothing?

Randal, you know how we look

on the outside doesn't matter.

It's what's inside

that counts.

What name are you gonna

use when we're here?

Kris Frost.

Ha ha ha ha

ha ha ha ha!

You think about that

all by yourself?

You're going to love yours, Mr. Elfman.

Ho, ho ho ho ho!

Hey, Farley.

Hey, what's up,


Thanks, boy.

Go, go.

Hey, catch ya

later, Kip.

You got it?

I got it.

Let's do it.

Hi, Mom.

Mom this really isn't

the best time right now.

Love you.


Ready? One, two, three.

There ya go.

I can do it myself!


Careful, it's gotta be

centered in the bowl.

This is gonna be


We will go down in

the history of this school.

Let's go.

Good morning,

Mrs. Claymore.

Good morning,

Mr. Johnson.

How's your boy


As good as can be


These things

take time.

I know but it feels like

it's taking forever.

He's a good boy.

I think most kids

are basically decent.

Oh here, Miss Claymore, let me.

Oh, thank you.


I am so sorry,

Mr. Johnson.

I'll make sure whoever

did this gets punished.

I don't know how you can stand

working with kids like that.

For two cents

I'd quit this job.

Farley Morgan and Steven Rojack,

principal's office. NOW.

What did we do?

You know very well.

Go. Now!

My dad has given a zillion

dollars to this school,

Principal Barnes will

believe what I tell her.

We'll see about that. I hope you

two put as much effort into

your science projects

as you did this prank.

Impressive resume,

Mr. Frost.

Thank you.



Candy cane.

You're the janitor,


Let me see. Coveralls, surly disposition,

intense dislike of children,

yeah that makes me

the janitor.

How long have you been

practicing the custodial arts?

Twenty-two years.

Seems like you're

in need of a change.

You just talkin', or you

got something in mind?

Good pay, frostbite

insurance, free hot chocolate

and two weeks winter

vacation in Boca Raton!

The community

for all seasons.

How soon

can I start?

Well how about you get changed

and hand in your notice?

I would love to

hire you, Mr. Frost,

but I'm afraid we

already have a janitor.


I'm happy to keep your resume

on file if anything comes up.

Oh, excuse me.


What do you mean he quit?

A job opportunity up North?

What does that

even mean?

Never mind...

Thank you.

Um, it appears,

we have an opening.

I hope you have room

for my assistant.

We don't have money

in our budget.

Mr. Elfman works

for free.

You're hired,

both of you.

Joy to the world.


Mrs. Claymore.


Mr. Frost?


Nice to meet you.

And you.

Rough morning, huh?

Typical morning when dealing

with junior high schoolers.

Ah, it can't be

all that bad?

Have you ever worked

at a school before?

First day.

Wait 'til you meet

Farley Morgan,

you will rue the day you

took Mr. Johnson's place.

Thank you

for the warning.

My associate tells me that Mr. Johnson

was renting a room from you?

Yes, was is right. He's

moving out this afternoon.

Is it big enough

for two?

It's a room

above the garage.

There's only room

for one bed,

but it does have

a sofa that pulls out.


Ha, ha. It's hardly perfect.

It's cozy.

Would you like to come

over and have a look?

No need. My associate and

I sorely need a roof

over our heads,

we'll take it.

That's wonderful. Ha, ha!

Wow, I didn't know what

I was going to do when

Mr. Johnson left.

To be honest, I need the rent

money to make ends meet.

Somebody must be

watching over me today.

Somebody must.

I'll see you

after school.


Thank you.

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