Annabelle's Wish is a 1997 animated Christmas special that revolves around a young calf who aspires to learn to fly and become one of Santa's reindeer. With Discover Card and American Airlines as corporate sponsors, it is narrated by Randy Travis and stars Jay Johnson, Jerry Van Dyke, Jim Varney, Rue McClanahan, and Cloris Leachman, as well as veteran voice actress Kath Soucie. It was made for the Make A Wish Foundation. Proceeds from the video sales went to the charity. It aired on FOX, as a TV movie, shortly after its release on video. It also aired on ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas in 2005. Animated at The Baer Animation Co, Inc, it has been nominated for a 1998 Golden Reel Award for Best Music Editing in a TV Movies of the week. It gave special thoughts to James Deering, author Dan Henderson and Cherie Alexander, who have their wings and helped them fly.


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The story is based on an old legend that Santa gives animals the ability to speak on Christmas. Annabelle is a calf born on Christmas Eve, who sees Santa's sleigh and dreams of becoming a reindeer and flying. It also follows the sacrifices she makes to help Billy, a mute boy who also lives on the farm.


Original Music Score Composed by Steve Dorff

  • "If You Believe" (Santa's Version)
  • "The World from Way Up There"
  • "Friends Like Us"
  • "If You Believe" (Kevin Sharp's version)
  • "Tiny Dreamer" (Callie's Song)

In addition to those, one scene has someone singing a few lines of the chourus of "Deck the Halls".


Voice actor/actress Character(s)
Randy Travis Billy Baker (adult)
Jay Johnson Ears
Jerry Van Dyke Grandpa Baker
Jim Varney Mr. Gus Holder
Rue McClanahan (speaking)
Laura Lively (singing)
Cloris Leachman Aunt Agnes
Aria Curzon* Emily (young)
James Lafferty Buster
Charlie Cronin Bucky
Jennifer Darling Star
Clancy Brown Sheriff
Stu Rosen Doctor
Jerry Houser Slim
Brian Cummings Brewster
Mary Kay Bergman
Tress MacNeille
Kay E. Kuter Santa Claus
Kath Soucie Annabelle
Steve Mackall Owliver
Hari Oziol Billy Baker (young)
Beth Chapman Emily (adult)
Frank Welker Special Vocal Effects
Nanci Griffith
Alison Krauss
Kevin Sharp
Additional characters

* - Nominated for a 1998 Young Artist Award for Best Voiceover Actress in a TV movie

Home media releases

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