Noel's '''''Prep and Landing''''' is a 2009 computer animated half hour ChristmasSpecial produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, which spawned animated sequels also released in succeeding holiday seasons.

It is a story of two [[ChristmasElves holiday elves]], part of an elite unit known as Prep and Landing, which arrives at each house ahead of time and prepares for [[SantaClaus Santa's]] arrival.

Wayne is an old pro who's been working on Prep and Landing for over 200 years and is finally hoping to receive a promotion. After being turned down, he is teamed up with a new recruit, Lanny. The two head off to Timmy's house to prepare for Santa's arrival. But with Lanny's inexperience and Wayne's new defeatist attitude, things go wrong real quickly, and the house is not prepped in time. And with the threat of a terrible snow storm, it appears that Santa has no choice but to skip Timmy's house that year. Realizing the error of his ways, Wayne only has a limited amount of time to make things right.

It has been followed by a seven minute short for the 2010 holiday season titled "Operation: Secret Santa" featuring Creator/BettyWhite as MrsClaus and in 2011, "Prep and Landing: Naughty vs Nice" about Wayne's enstranged brother and the lists being tampered with by a child who got a hold of elven technology. 2012 was the first year a ''Prep and Landing'' special or short was never released.

It is also the first Disney property to cross over with Marvel in the comic story "Mansion: Impossible" in which Wayne and Lanny must prepare the [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers Mansion]] for Santa's arrival. This ran as a backup in ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' (Vol 4) #19 and two ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures'' books.

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!!''Prep and Landing'' provides examples of:
* AllThereInTheManual: ABC.com's official website contains information and backstory about the characters not revealed in the special itself.
* BenevolentBoss: Santa full stop. Not only did he not fire Wayne despite having full reason to do so, but he addresses the fact people do go to the naughty list every once in awhile, gives him a gift as a reminder to why their job is so important, and even offers him a promotion (though Wayne turns it down).
* BetterAsFriends: Wayne and Maggee according to the website.
* {{Blackmail}}: Wayne threatens Magee by saying that if she doesn't patch his call through to Santa, he's going to tell everyone "about you and Tiny!" It works.
* BlatantLies: Wayne when stating he was happy that his partner got the promotion he was after.
* BrickJoke: A somewhat literal one, involving a heavy brick-shaped fruitcake. It gets forgotten early in the show only to resurface for the finale.
* BrokenPedestal: Lanny has one towards Wayne after he has become cynical about his job. It is [[RebuiltPedestal quickly rebuilt]].
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Lanny's a clumsy rookie, but when the situation gets critical, he proves just ''why'' he was his class' top student.
* {{Cameo}}: The Labrador that gets sedated at the beginning is a [[PaletteSwap recolor]] of ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''.
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: The Christmas decorations Lanny points out after landing on the house.
** All of the elves' gadgets demonstrated in the first sequence.
* CirclingBirdies: Substitute 'birdies' with 'Christmas lights'.
* CodeEmergency: All over the place.
* CrazyPrepared: The entire Prep And Landing elite force. They have a device and protocol for every problem that might arise. [[spoiler: Except for disgruntled elves who fall behind schedule. But even then...]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: Tiny's hat suddenly shoots straight up when Wayne threatens Magee about "telling everyone about you and Tiny."
* TheFaceless: Santa is only ever seen from the shoulders down. Tiny, on the other hand, is so short (even by elf standards) that only the top of his hat gets seen on-camera.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Magee pours out her drink into a tiny potted pine tree, a few seconds later, the last of the pine needles falls off.
* TheGrinch: Wayne considers his Prep and Landing duty as his "job" and nothing more. But after getting passed over for a promotion (his only motivation for continuing to do good work for 200 years), his ego has become deflated, his enthusiasm for the job is gone, and he becomes lazy and goofs off (during a mission) instead of fulfilling his duties. He even acknowledges it with an aside: "Yeah, I'm being naughty."
* [[HeyItsThatVoice Hey, It's That Voice!]]: Wayne is [[WesternAnimation/ABugsLife Flik]] and Magee is [[{{Scrubs}} Dr. Elliot Reed]]!
** The Big Guy is voiced by the same VO that voiced the father in Civilization 5. And a [[Series/{{Babylon5}} Soul Hunter]]. And a member of the [[Film/{{StarTrek2009}} Vulcan Science Academy]].
* [[HoldYourHippogriffs Hold Your Holiday Horses]]: The elves have an extensive vocabulary of Christmas-themed jargon, codenames, and (yes), euphemisms.
** Just ''don't'' get a "Figgy Pudding" called on you!!
* HotBlooded: At least two of Santa's team of eight reindeer seem to tackle every emotion they express to its extreme.
* HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Non-alcoholic version. Magee drinks egg nog lattes whenever she's stressed out.
* InstantSedation: The elves carry around ornaments that explode into magic dust that causes anyone affected to instantly fall asleep.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Thrasher, Dasher's cousin, who threatens Lanny on their first meeting. The "heart of gold" part is that he's a good friend of Wayne according to the website.
* LeavingFoodForSanta: One of the duties of the eponymous team is to check the milk and cookies to see whether they're up to standards. When Wayne is passed for a promotion, he takes it out on a Santa cookie and tries to bite its head off (although it's a little tough for him).
* MissionControl
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Wayne, when he realizes his lack of effort might had just cost Timmy his Christmas.
* NaiveNewcomer: Lanny
* NoFlowInCGI: Adverted. As even the simplest moves show the hair move.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Timmy does this to Wayne when he's [[TalkingInYourSleep talking in his sleep]].
* OnlySixFaces: Actually adverted despite being a CGI cartoon, quite impressive for a 30min show.
* PassedOverPromotion
* SavingChristmas: Wayne and Lanny must do this for one little boy.
* ShoutOut: To almost every Christmas carol in the English language -- the Prep and Landing force uses dozens of easily-recognized Christmas phrases as slang terms AND code names, such as "figgy pudding" for a house that must be skipped because it wasn't prepped for Santa to land there.
** Also: the codename for the sleigh itself is [[ItWasHisSled Rosebud]].
** In the french dub, it's instead "The Red Line", in a clear reference to the famous Red Telephone.
** The scrawny little tree from ''ACharlieBrownChristmas'' is on a shelf behind Magee's desk.
** When Wayne is goofing off, the first thing that pops on the TV is ''MickeysChristmasCarol''.
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Lanny calls Wayne out on this. Wayne dismisses it at first, but gets better.
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: Wayne (re)learns this eventually.

!!''Operation: Secret Santa'' provides examples of:

* DaydreamSurprise: As Lanny and Wayne sneak into Santa's office, Santa wakes up, sees them and puts them on the Naughty List, then kicks out Lanny, who ends up living in an igloo in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, it all happens in Lanny's head.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Noel from ''Naughty Vs. Nice'' can be seen with the other elves at the end.
** Nessie from "The Ballad of Nessie'' short can be seen in Santa's secret workshop
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[TheMaryTylerMooreShow Sue Ann Nivens]] or [[TheGoldenGirls Rose Nylund]] as Mrs. Claus. (incidentally, not the first time Betty White has played the part-see 'The Story of Santa Clause'.)
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff:
-->'''Magee:''' Good luck. And if something happens to you I just wanted to say... Iím claiming your snowmobile.
-->'''Wayne:''' I cancelled the insurance.
-->'''Magee:''' Okay, bye!
* SpitTake: Lanny stops himself from doing one after being informed that the mission is to retrieve a box inside Santa's office.
* MythologyGag: One of the items displayed in Santa's secret workshop is a ''green'' coat.
** Also counts as ShownTheirWork.

!!''Mansion: Impossible'' provides examples of:

* {{Crossover}}: And with ComicBook/TheAvengers, believe it or not!
* ShieldSurf: Wayne and Lanny do it with ''Captain America's shield'' at one moment!

!!''Naughty vs Nice'' provides examples of:

* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:Grace]]
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Carol, from Christmas Carol seems to have a thing for Lanny.
* AccidentalMisnaming: The old coal elf at the bar keeps calling Wayne "Dwayne". In the end a newspaper headline misspelled Wayne's name the same way, and the elf gloats about being proven right.
* TheAce: Noel.
** {{Badass}}
* BadassAdorable: [[spoiler:Grace]] the Hacker. Can take on the best the North Pole has to offer, and to quote from Lanny...
-->"''You're so adorable''".
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: [[spoiler:The reason Wayne resents his brother]].
** [[spoiler:This is also why Wayne was so set on becoming director of the naughty list. He would have been Noel's boss.]]
* AndShowItToYou: Noel tearing out the toy rabbit's battery.
* BearHug: Holiday Hug!
* BigDamnKiss: "Come here, you nerd!"
* BigLittleBrother: Noel.
* BoisterousBruiser: Noel.
* BrickJoke: And old elf keeps calling Wayne "Dwayne". Come TheStinger where Wayne's name is misprinted as Dwayne, the old guy thinks he was right.
* BrokenPedestal: Noel suffers one after Wayne stated he never wanted him.
* CainAndAbel: Wayne and Noel. And Wayne is the ''Cain''.
** To get in detail, Noel's bio and the teaser show that he loves his brother, but same teaser and the poster show that it's ''really'' not reciprocated.
*** It's actually [[spoiler:a nasty case of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]].]]
** [[spoiler: BashBrothers / SiblingTeam: After they reconciliate.]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: Noel's "Jingle BAM!!"
* ChildProdigy: [[spoiler:Grace]], the hacker.
* ContinuityNod: Timmy is the first kid to be seen on one of the monitors.
* CrazyPrepared: Grace, who set up her entire house to be able to take on the elves. Even wearing a large helmet and using a robotic dog so the sleep grenades don't affect her.
* EarlyBirdCameo Nessie from "The Ballad of Nessie'' short can be seen as one of the toys suggested for a good girl right before the power goes down for a bit.
** As well as a toy under the Hacker's bed.
* EurekaMoment: Lanny mentions the "magic word" when the hacker is demanding the password to the Naughty & Nice database. What magic word? "Please."
** Turns out to be a bit of FridgeLogic that an unfairly labelled kid would know it. Truly naughty kids ''never'' say "please."
* FreakOut: When Wayne learns that [[spoiler: Noel could become Elf of the Year instead of him]], he completely ''snaps''.
** {{Angrish}}
** MadEye
** IWishedYouWereDead
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Grace]], the hacker, [[spoiler:is acting out because she thinks she's TheUnfavorite]].
* FreudianSlip: The "Nerd" Elf Mr. Thinsleton seems to keep accidentally calling Magee "baby".
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The kid behind [[spoiler:Grace]] waiting for Santa makes an odd look on his face as [[spoiler: she is dragged off before she could talk to Santa]].
* GatlingGood: While Prep & Landing elf teams carry grenade-like Christmas ornaments ("sparkle") to help deal with detection, Coal elf teams carry multi-barreled "sparkle" guns to do the same.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Noel states one of the things Wayne knew how to do when they were kids was "write your name in the snow".
* GoneHorriblyWrong: All the [=JINGLESMELL1337=] hacker wanted to do with the stolen device was simply transfer themselves from the "naughty" to "nice" list (which they do). But due to a technical hiccup in the process, the device starts transferring ''everyone else'' onto the Naughty list...
* HappyDance: [[spoiler:Grace]] does one after she successfully removes her name from the Naughty List.
* HotbloodedSideburns: Noel
* ICallItVera: Noel has a pet name for his sparkle gun.
* InsufferableGenius: Mr. Thinsleton seems to have signs of this, where Magee instantly cuts off his communication after he tries to add something about his genius into the conversation.
* LeetLingo: [=JINGLESMELL1337=]
* LifeOfTheParty: Noel, where he liked by pretty much everyone is one of the main reasons Wayne feels like he is AlwaysSomeoneBetter to him.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Grace]] has one when [[spoiler:she]] realizes that her actions might have caused the end of Christmas.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: [[spoiler: Grace introduces herself as Goodwin, Grace Goodwin.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Wayne and [[spoiler:Grace, in their relation with their respective brothers]].
* NotSoFastBucko: [[spoiler: The technology is recovered, [[HeelFaceTurn the hacker realizes the error of her ways]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Wayne and Noel reconciliate...]] And all of a sudden, Christmas is endangered for ''THE ENTIRE PLANET''!!]]
--> '''Wayne:''' [[OhCrap "Oh frostbite."]]
* OffscreenBreakup: Magee and Tiny aren't dating anymore.
* [[spoiler:SamusIsAGirl: the hacker turns out to be a girl.]]
* SavingChristmas: And this time, [[spoiler: ''[[SequelEscalation for the whole world]]'']].
* ShoutOut: [[AChristmasStory Ralphie and the "I like Santa" kid]] appear in the line to see Santa.
** [[spoiler: Grace]] wears a DisneyPrincess shirt and has a MickeyMouse doll in her room.
** The doll that attacks the elves is a parody of [[SesameStreet "Hug-Me Elmo"]].
* {{Tomboy}}: Grace
* TheVoiceless: Carol the bartender of Christmas Carol's [[spoiler: until TheStinger where it is revealed she actually has a very nice singing voice]].
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