Characters: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Jake Spankenheimer

Voiced by: Alex Doduk

The main protagonist of the special, a boy around the age of about 10-12 and of course a modified version of David from the sequel film of All Dogs Go to Heaven.

Grandma Spankenheimer

Voiced by: Susan Blu

Jake's Grandma, who owns a small department store in the city, the only piece of property not owned by super company Austin Bucks.

  • Beehive Hairdo: Largely to fit the design of the grandma from the song
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Almost lets loose on Cousin Mel after she whines about Grandma not selling the shop, before saying "but Grandmas shouldn't talk that way."
  • Cool Old Lady
  • Easy Amnesia: After the reindeer incident.
  • Everyone Calls Her Grandma
  • Foot Focus: We get a shot of her feet as she's preparing to leave the house on that fateful night.
  • Friend to All Children: She dresses up as an elf and reads to kids in her store during the holidays.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: She actually looks quite cute for her age.
  • Granny Classic: Definitely has the look.
  • Happily Married: To Grandpa.
  • The Heart: Without her, the store was never the same.
  • Lethal Chef: Averted. Despite the song "Grandma's Killer Fruitcake" her baked goods and pastries are insanely popular and delicious, especially her fruitcake. The one batch that turned out bad was the one Cousin Mel intentionally poisoned to make people sick.
  • Made of Iron: Amnesia notwithstanding, the woman managed to survive being trampled by eight reindeer and a sleigh. Twice.
  • Plot Allergy: Her supposed allergy to eggs. One of the reasons she'd been heading out was because she left her medication at the store.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: She is pretty obviously killed in the song.

Grandpa Spankenheimer

Grandma's husband.

Cousin Mel

Voiced by: Michele Lee

The main antagonist of the special and Jake's cousin.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus.

  • Badass Grandpa
  • Big Good
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: Seriously taking Grandma to the North Pole rather then just a local hospital did more harm then good.
    • Also, he claims that he didn't do that because he didn't know she was. So basically, the plot only happened because the guy whose job it is to know who everyone is didn't know her.
  • Happily Married: We see Mrs. Claus at points in the film who's naturally worried for him after he's convicted of hit and run and kidnapping. And he holds her warmingly as they're about to head back to the North Pole.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A main rule of thumb is that humans aren't allowed to the North Pole without permission. So he let's Quincy slide when he brings Jake there to find his grandmother.
  • Santa Claus


Jake's dog.

Austin Bucks

A rich business man who owns every store in the city, save for Grandma's.

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Averted, despite initially being set up as such. He wants to buy Grandma's shop but he's not willing to go to any illegal lengths to acquire it, and gives Jake a fair chance to find Grandma before he signs the deal with Cousin Mel. Likewise after everything said and done, he offers to turn Grandma's shop into a franchise.
  • Hidden Depths: When he was six, he wanted a Lieutenant Neutron Action Figure.
    Austin: Lutenant Neutron? He was the best!
    • He also had a chance to go somewhere romantic and consummate a deal with Cousin Mel, which pretty much any other guy would've taken, but he chose to give Jake a little extra time to find Grandma.
  • Honest Corporate Executive
  • Meaningful Name

I.M. Slime

Cousin Mel's attorney who helps her frame Santa Claus for Grandma's second disappearance.


Santa's head elf.

  • Hyper Competent Sidekick: Like Jake, he likewise was trying to find out who Grandma belonged to and eventually does when he gets Jake's letter to Santa to bring his Grandma home. He also helps out Jake recover Grandma from the cabin Mel was keeping her hidden away in.
  • Worth It: Give the guy credit, he knew there was a risk in bringing Jake to the North Pole without Santa's permission. But did it anyway which luckily for him allowed him to keep his job.

Spankenheimer Family

Jake's mother and father (the father of which is the son of Grandma and Grandpa) and his elder sister Daphne (not that Daphne.) note .

  • Adults Are Useless: They don't really prove to be much help both before the incident (making excuses to get out of helping Grandma with charity work and decorations) and after (all but giving up the search for Grandma. Hell Daphne at one point tells Jake to give up). But hey it's a kids movie. Par for the course.
  • So Proud of You: Stated to Jake after he both finds their Grandma and saves Christmas.