Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

Synopsis: As if young Jake Spankenheimer doesn't have enough problems on Christmas Eve, he has to help his mom and dad prevent mean-spirited cousin Mel from taking ownership of the family store. When his grandmother gets lost in the cold in the midst of the confusion, Jake is sent out to find her, only to discover that she's become the victim of a rather unusual hit-and-run accident, and that Santa is real but not quite the sort of guy he was expecting.
Director(s): Phil Roman
Production: Warner Home Video
51 min

Its the Christmas season,

a time for telling colourful

holiday stories.

My favourite story of all time

is about my grandma.

She had this encounter with a reindeer.

Grandma got run over by a reindeer

walking home from our house Christmas Eve.

You can say theres no such thing

as Santa,

but as for me and grandpa, we believe.

Grandma got run over by a reindeer,

all right?

And as incredible as it was,

it almost put an end to Christmas.

But Im getting ahead of myself.

So lets go back to the beginning.

It was December and everyone in Cityville

was caught up in the chaos of the holidays.

And no place was busier

than my grandmas store.

My grandmas store!

There it is.

Check it out.

It was a one-of-a-kind place.

She carried all kinds of stuff

year around.

She sold decorations, handmade toys

at least one of anything you could

imagine for the holidays.

Theres grandma.

Did I mention she likes to dress up

to read Christmas stories to kids

while their parents shop?

And the little baby Christmas tree

looked up at papa tree Grandma!

And thats me, Jake Spankenheimer.

Cousin Mel is scaring away

another customer!

You can stop right there.

Thats shoplifting, missy.

Now, what seems to be the problem?

Problem? No problem.

No money, no merchandise.

No way!

Your credit is always good here, Martha.

Why, you just stop by

when you get your next paycheck.

Thanks, grandma.

Everyone have a merry Christmas!

You, too.

Things have to change.

This store cant get rich selling

holiday pastries on credit.

Youre not a businesswoman.

Youre an old fruitcake.

Everyone else is happy the way things are.

Right, Frank?

Beats punching a time clock

for someone else.

I like spending time with the family at work.

You see, look around you.

We are rich.

Lifes about being nice to people.

Money ah!

Id say we make enough.


Enough is never enough!

A set of replacement wheels

for my rollerblades

Adding to your Christmas wish list?


Ah, yeah, I thought so.

A computer nerd who still

believes in Santa Claus.

Youre so reality challenged.

Daphne, stop teasing your brother!

He started it!

Come on downstairs.

Your dad has a surprise.

Tell her, mom.

Santa Claus is real.


theres no easy answer.

Historically, there was a saint Nick who

with a loving heart filled childrens

shoes with gifts of all sorts.

So, Santa today represents

the true meaning of Christmas

giving to others.

Dad, is Santa Claus real?

What your mother said.

Hey, who wants to put up a tree?

Oh, right, Christmas tree!

Thats not a Christmas tree.

Youre looking at the new inflatable

Christmas tree manufactured

by the Cityville Own-all Corporation.

But our family always goes out

and gets a real tree.

Dont you want to save the forest?

Nobody gets a tree anymore.

Its not cool.

Wish they had Christmas trees

like that when I was a boy.

Here we go again.

We had to chop our trees down by hand.

Never forget the time I had to use

a beaver for a chain saw.

Last time you told it,

it was a woodpecker.

Okay, everyone, gather round your dad.

I want a video of our first

inflatable tree.

This tree is going to save lots of time.

Whats the fun in that?

Wheres the jabbing yourself

with pine needles,

hanging ornaments, the old-fashioned

smell of a genuine douglas fir?

If you like old-fashioned smells

Ill get my fishing boots.



As crazy as things were at home,

they got crazier the day I met

the most powerful man in Cityville.

Excuse me. Im

Austin Bucks!

CEO of the Cityville Own-all Corporation.

Grandma says you own everything.

Well, not yet, but thats why

I want to speak to your grandma.

Im sure she wants to see you.

But right now, grandma Elfen-heimer

is reading to the kids.

I heard about that.

Say, you wouldnt happen to have

an extra elf costume I could wear?

Nope, sorry. But theres a troll costume.

Well, grandma Elfenheimer.

Mr. Austin Troll Bucks.

I dont suppose youre dressed that way

to read Billy Goats Gruff to the kids.

No. I did it so youd listen

to my offer to buy your store.

Didnt help. Dont want to listen.

Ill pay a lot of money.


Youd be selling to the biggest

and the best.

Do you know why my company controls

every mall and sidewalk, Santa?

Because people are too busy

to think about Christmas.

With their cellular phones

and fax machines, e-mail

theyre never really away from work.

And you figure youre helping.

Yes. There wouldnt be a Cityville

Christmas without me.

Your store sits on the perfect place

to build the crown jewel of my empire.

Picture it:
Gifts delivered on

Christmas Eve by our new sleighmobile.

Isnt that what Santa does?

How cute. He still believes in

Santa Claus.

Jake, do you think

I should sell the store?

Are you kidding?

I love this place.

You with no store would be like

Christmas without Santa.

Well, there you have it

from the mouths of babes.

Surely youre not going to let Jake

make such a big decision.

Hes just a kid.

In case you change your mind.

Thank you.

And you can keep the troll costume.


Ive always loved a man in tights.

Grandma, do you realize

what you just did?

You let my fortune walk out the door!

That was my future!

I mean Jakes future

Money for college, travel to Italy,

world cruises, sports cars, jewels

Id tell you to put a cork in it,

you greedy money-grubber!

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