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Beethoven's Christmas Adventure is a direct-to-video Christmas-themed installment of Universal's Beethoven film franchise, which was released on November 8, 2011.


At the North Pole, Santa Claus is giving out jobs to over 200 new elves. One of them, Henry, is assigned to be a stable elf by taking care of reindeer. Henry objects, claiming that the job is unclean, but Santa didn't change his mind. Henry tries making a toy one night in order to prove Santa wrong, but he gets zapped by his own creation and inadvertently feeds the magic berries to the reindeer which in turn begin to fly away with the sleigh, with Henry inside it. During the flight, Henry loses Santa's toy bag.

In Woodhaven, Minnesota, Mason Cooper is unsuccessfully trying to sell Hot Chocolate his mother Christine stops by and asks her son to watch Beethoven. Beethoven is going to star in the Christmas parade and Christine has been assigned by her boss, Mr. Rexford, to create a Hollywood themed float for the parade. While Mason is babysitting him, Beethoven sees Santa's sleigh with Henry in it flying over the town and follows it. He and Mason find Henry, who has evicted himself from the sleigh and asks Mason for help in finding Santa's toy bag. At first Mason doesn't believe Henry is a real Christmas elf and that Santa isn't real, until he witnesses Henry communicating with Beethoven with a magic candy that, when licked, can give the human the ability to communicate with dogs.

Elsewhere, grumpy Sylvester Smirch is the owner of Most Wanted Toys, the toy store, he and his assistant, Kenny, have been secretly stealing toys from other stores then overpricing the stolen toys. While driving on the highway. Smirch comes across Santa's Toy Bag and only realizes what it is after pulling out several toys from it to see them increase to full size. Before leaving with the toy bag Smirch is witnessed by a stray whose foot was stuck to an old mattress.

Back at The Cooper household, Henry lies to Mason saying that he is an elf who makes toys. Christine returns home and evicts Henry because she didn't believe that he is actually an elf. Mason secretly lets Henry spend the night in the Garage.

The next morning, Henry and Beethoven leave to find the magic toy sack. Henry has a piece of fabric that ripped off of the bag, which Beethoven uses its scent to try to sniff out the bag's location. Mason leaves shortly after to find Henry and Beethoven after discovering that they were gone.

Mr. Smirch and Kenny decide to advertise with the toy bag, but during the commercial, they are interrupted by the presence of Henry and Beethoven. Smirch flees with the toy bag and is picked up by Kenny shortly after thus, Henry fails to get a visual on Smirch.

Mason comes across the stray and frees his foot from the mattress the stray follows Mason and they meet up with Henry and Beethoven. The stray then reveals to Henry that he got a good visual of Smirch. They return to the garage in the Cooper's house. While sketching out a drawing of Smirch from the stray's description, Henry accidentally sets a model of Beethoven's parade float on fire. Mason is blamed for it by Christine who refuses to believe her son that Henry did it. she then grounds Mason forbidding him to leave the house until New Year's.

Mason fails to recognize the sketch drawing of Mr. Smirch and Henry reveals to Mason about being a Stable Elf. He explains about wanting to make toys like his fellow elves, but Mason reassures Henry thinking that being a stable elf is better than making toys. That night Mason, Henry, Beethoven and the stray are awoken to see Smirch's TV ad, thus letting them know who is in possession of the toy bag.

Because Mason is forbidden to leave the house, Henry, Beethoven and the stray enter the toy store alone during business hours. Henry tries to convince the patrons that the toys were from Santa's toy bag and that Smirch had stolen them, but Smirch kicks him out of the store. Henry then distracts smirch and Kenny by singing with a group of Christmas carolers. While Beethoven and the stray steal the bag. This fails as Henry is exposed for singing off-key and he is arrested for trying to steal Santa's toy bag. The stray is taken back to the shelter for biting Smirch forcing Beethoven to return to Mason.

Beethoven then persuades Christine to lick the Dog Candy Cane and insists to her that Mason was telling the truth the whole time. Believing that this was happening, Christine apologizes to Mason explaining that she felt scared about taking care of him by herself after her husband passed away the previous year. They go the police station but learn from the chief that Smirch decided not to press charges on Henry.

Mason, Beethoven and Christine arrive at the store and learn that Smirch is kidnapping Henry after HR had revealed to Smirch that the elves made enough toys in the bag for one year. Smirch believes that Henry is a toy-making elf and kidnaps him to receive more income. Smirch stuffs Henry in the toy bag and he and Kenny flee on Motorcycles to the park where the parade's floats are being worked on. Smirch crashes onto the Beethoven float and is trapped in a large plastic Christmas ornament. Smirch is then arrested for toy theft.

Mason then helps his mother get the promotion that she was working to achieve by adding a partnership with the ASPCA and invites the dogs from the shelter to ride with Beethoven in the parade. Late that evening Henry thanks Mason for showing him that being a stable elf is something very special. Mason thanks Henry for helping him realize that believing in Santa "is not a kid thing." using the power of the magic berries Beethoven flies Henry back to the north pole with the toy bag in a sleigh. And Mason decides to keep the stray and names him Henry. In the end, Santa makes his deliveries and gives Beethoven a ride home.


Title(s) Performed by
"It's Christmas - Let's Party" Cheah
"Jingle Bells"
"Doggie's Jingling" The Barkettes
Aly & Amanda Michalka
"Rock and Roll Christmas" George Thorogood & the Destroyers
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Pete Pancrazi
"Christmas Tme of Year" Dave Issacs
"Santa's Parade" The APC Marching Band


Actor/actress Character(s)
John Cleese Narrator
Munro Chambers Mason
Kim Rhodes Christine
Jan Skene Gal in Crowd
Candace Smith Pedestrian Woman
Robert Picardo Sylvester Smirch
Curtis Armstrong Kenny
Kyle Massey Henry
John O'Hurley Mr. Rexford
Ryan Miller Catty Elf
Shannon Jacques Catty Elf's Friend
Tom Arnold (voice) Beethoven
Tamra Ugto Mom
Alan Castanaga Dad
Salty MacPherson Little Kid
Kristen Sawatzky Field Producer
Reena Shah Woman
Rick Skene Keilbasa Vendor
John Kassir (voice) Stray Dog
Kristen Harris Shopper #1
Kimberly Neufeld
Celina Ross
Sandra Bender
Tristin Tergesen
Conrad Siebert
Howard Rempel
Arne MacPherson Policeman
Jon Wynne Carpenter
Dee Bradley Baker Animal Sounds
Joel McGowan Caricaturist
Cindy Myskiw Parade Watcher
Dennis Scullard Thug
Ken St. Mars

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Universal Studios
Movies Silent Night, Lonely Night1941Merry Christmas, Mr. LawrenceThe Munsters' Scary Little ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)Love ActuallyThe HolidayThe Best Man HolidayKrampusAlmost ChristmasThe Grinch (2018)Last ChristmasBlack Christmas (2019)
Direct-to-video films The Life and Adventures of Santa ClausBarbie in a Christmas CarolCurious George: A Very Monkey ChristmasBarbie: A Perfect ChristmasBeethoven's Christmas AdventureAll I Want for Christmas is YouMy Adventures with Santa
Live-action television episodes "The Day They Captured Santa Claus" • "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas…" • "Christmas Presence" • "Home for the Holidays" • "Yule Laff" • "Christmas Brains" • "Seoul Mates" • "A Christmas Secret" • "Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Secret Santa" • "A Benihana Christmas" • "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad" • "Moroccan Christmas" • "Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa Claus" • "Ludachristmas" • "Christmas Special" • "Secret Santa (30 Rock) • "Christmas Attack Zone" • "Secret Santa" (The Office) • "Classy Christmas" • "Christmas Wishes" • "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" • "Mr. Monk and the Miracle"
Animated specials and episodes "Dickens of a Christmas" • A Wish For Wings That Work • "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls" • "A Christmas Peril" • "Ms. Banshee's Holiday Hits" • "Fright Before Christmas" • "A Very Woody Christmas" • "It's a Chilly Christmas After All" • "Yule Get Yours" • "The Twelve Lies of Christmas" • How Murray Saved Christmas • "ChristMess Eve" • 5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas