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Western Animation: Nick & NoŽl

Nick & Noel is a 1993 animated Christmas television special released as a promotion for Toys R Us that became a direct-to-video movie that was only available for purchase at Toys R Us throughout most of The Nineties. When purchased, it came with a storybook that had the same story as the film. The film is roughly 21 minutes long.

The film has a female cat named Noel who belongs to a little girl named Sarah, who only has her father after her mother supposedly passed away. They have just moved in to a Victorian duplex where their neighbors are a famous singer named Leslie Lee and her male Terrier dog named Nick. From the start, the two neighbors do not get along. Leslie's constant singing with Nick morning noon and night distracts Sarah's father in his work, and Nick and Noel constantly fight due to...being a dog and a cat. They even sing about their differences! Anyways, the story really begins when Sarah writes her Christmas list to Santa. She only wants one thing: a mother. However, Sarah's father is so busy with a deadline that he forgets to mail the letter. It is up to Noel to deliver the letter to the North Pole, so she seeks Nick to ask how to get there. Nick agrees, but only if Noel calls him "Maestro". After reluctantly doing so, Nick tells Noel that it is at the end of "North Street". Nick then decides that he should accompany Noel on her quest because he doesn't want Noel to prove that cats are braver than dogs. Meanwhile, Sarah's father and Leslie bicker again, until Leslie asks Sarah's father if she and Sarah can go shopping. After thinking about it, Sarah's father lets her daughter go shopping with Leslie. Soon, Nick and Noel reach "Santa's Wonderland" and think that it is the North Pole. Unfortunately, just when they arrive, the Santa there leaves and the place closes down. Meanwhile, Sarah's father, Sarah and Leslie realize that Nick and Noel are gone. That must have been a quick shopping trip! Nick and Noel try to find Santa but end up running into a guard dog. Hilarity Ensues for a brief moment, and Nick and Noel escape Santa's Wonderland and look for Santa elsewhere. Suddenly, Sarah's letter to santa blows away in the wind and falls into a sewer! Can Nick and Noel give Sarah her Christmas wish in time?

This film is narrated by a mouse who serves little to no purpose throughout the story.


Tropes:

  • Angry Guard Dog: Santa's Wonderland certainly has one.
  • Animal Jingoism: Between Nick and Noel throughout the first half.
  • Award Bait Song: "We'll All Be Together For Christmas"
  • Blatant Lies: "The North Pole is uh...at the end of North Street!"
  • Dreadful Musician: Ms. Lee may be a renowned singer, but her practicing is...a bit much. Makes the viewers wonder if she really is a good singer until she sings the Award Bait Song.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Noel and Nick, respectively.
  • Interactive Narrator: Barnaby, the mouse. He interacts with the other characters as his character in the story.
  • Lame Comeback: When Nick and Noel first meet, we get this little exchange:
    Noel: I can't believe how loud you are!
    Nick: I can't believe how NERDY you are!
  • Missing Mom: Sarah.
  • Pre-Order Bonus: If you bought the VHS at Toys R Us back in the day it would come with one of those big, wide storybooks with the wax pages. Nowadays, you can find the VHS online easily but the storybook is rare.
    • There was also plush toy versions of the characters sold at Toys R Us to promote the video. These were sold separately though.

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alternative title(s): Nick And Noel
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