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Film / 'Twas the Night

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He's on the naughty list for life.
'Twas The Night is a 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Nick Castle starring Josh Zuckerman, Bryan Cranston, Brenda Grate and Jefferson Mappin, originally premiering December 7, 2001.
Danny Wrigley (Josh Zuckerman), is a boy who idolizes his adventurous and cool uncle Nick (Cranston), much to the chagrin of his father who sees Nick as the irresponsible con artist that he is. On Christmas Eve, when Nick's latest money-making scheme backfires he's left running from his embittered partners-in-crime and he attempts to hideout with his brother's family until he can find enough money by his deadline of Christmas morning. But when his attempts at a cyber scam go awry and accidentally knocks out Santa's new computer-operated sleigh when its passing over the house Nick and Danny find themselves in possession of the sleigh with Santa's magical powers at their disposal. Danny wants to complete the injured Santa's rounds, while Nick sees an opportunity. Meanwhile Danny's younger sister, Kaitlin (Brenda Grate) and brother Peter soon discover Santa (Jefferson Mappin) passed out in their living room and try to help him set things right before the night is done.
Yes, this is a Disney Channel Original Movie about Walter White stealing Santa Claus' powers on Christmas to commit crimes seven years before Breaking Bad would premiere, essentially being Breaking Bad meets The Santa Clause.
Also, its directed by Michael Myers.

'Twas The Night includes examples of the following:

  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: While the movie itself is not particularly action-orientated special mention goes to how Santa defends himself against thugs.
  • Broken Pedestal: Nick becomes this to Danny once he discovers that Nick is using Santa's powers to steal for his own gain.
  • How We Got Here: The movie starts on the night of Christmas showing Santa Claus tied up in the Wrigleys' living room, before jumping back to the day before Christmas to establish how things got to this point.
  • Insufferable Genius: Kaitlin - in her Establishing Character Moment, she tells Peter that Santa would have to move many times the speed of sound to deliver presents to the whole world in one night.
  • Meaningful Name: Nick Wrigly, usurping Santa Claus, seems to be a play on Saint Nicholas, of whom the figure of Santa Claus originated, the inversion being Nick is himself no saint.
    • It might also reference "Old Nick", a historical nickname for Satan.
  • Noodle Incident: Santa is using a new cyber system to deliver presents this year after all the reindeer catch the flu.
  • Saving Christmas: After Santa gets knocked out, Danny and Nick take it upon themselves to finish his deliveries...although Nick has other plans.
  • Shout-Out: Nick tells Danny that landing the sleigh is "not like Splash Mountain."
  • Subbing for Santa: Nick does a criminal inversion of this.
  • Time-Freeze Trolling Spree: Nick uses Santa's time-freezing power to steal from wealthy families.
  • Time Stands Still: The explanation how Santa is able to deliver all the presents in one night.

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