Eloise at Christmastime is a made-for-TV movie based on the 1958 children's book written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight. It premiered on November 22, 2003, as an installment of The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC. As a sequel to Eloise at the Plaza, it was executive produced by Denise Di Novi and was a Handmade Films production.
The movie begins with a shot of the hotel lobby, with a large pink gift box leaning on the display table, in the middle of the room. The hotel manager, Mr. Salamone, asks one of the staff to take it to the package room. Two of them take it there. When they leave, it is opened and we see Eloise crawling out. She is on a mission to find any presents in the room from her mother, who is on a trip to Paris.
When Eloise does not find any packages from her mother, she then leaves the room in a large mess. She skips towards the lobby, and pushes into a long line at the check-in desk and interrupts a conversation between Mr. Salamone and two patrons, wishing to upgrade their current hotel suite to a park-side view room.
Eloise asks Mr. Salamone if there have been any packages from her mother, and he replies that there hasn't. He pushes her away, telling her that he is currently very busy. She pushes in the line again, offering him some unnecessary assistance. He declines, pushing her away from the hectic line.
Eloise leaves, but is instantly back in a flash, when she notices a suspicious man waiting in the line. She thinks that he is a spy, but Mr. Salamone declines, and instantly changes the subject so that she can leave the line. He requests her to look out for the hotel's Christmas tree delivery, which is due to be there any moment. He tells her to inform him when it arrives.
Eloise leaves the line, and tells the "spy" that she is keeping her eye on him.
The main focal point of the story deals with the impending marriage between Rachel Peabody, the hotel owner's daughter, and a bachelor named Brooks Oliver, who was chosen by Rachel's family to be her husband.
Eloise eventually learned that Brooks is into doing something suspicious. She also found out that Rachel had taken a liking with Bill, a room service waiter and one of her friends, four years earlier. When Mr. Peabody became aware of her relationship with Bill, he then sent her to a university, hoping to break her ties with him. Eloise then intervened with the relationship, much to Mr. Peabody's disappointment.
Eloise then succeeded at restoring Bill & Rachel's romance with each other; Brooks is then arrested for forgery, and Mrs. Thornton, who was in danger of being evicted, is granted a permanent stay at the hotel. And to top it off, Eloise's mother arrives and they rejoice.
- "Together Wherever We Go" - Gavin Creel and Sara Topham
- "Jingle Bell Rock" - Spencer Proffer and Steve Plunkett
- "Winter Wonderland" - Gavin Creel and Sofia Vassilieva
- "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - Gavin Creel
Original Score album
|1||Main Title (Overture)||2:34|
|3||Eloise Meets Brooks; Max & Mrs. Thornton||2:11|
|4||Waking Nanny; My Very Own Room||0:43|
|5||Deck the Halls; Candycane Pirates||2:48|
|9||Elevators & Kitchens||0:26|
|10||Still in Love||1:02|
|13||Shopping Day Morning; Messages, Spies & Sprees||2:33|
|14||Shopping Day Montage||3:18|
|15||Mr. Thornton's Ghost||0:13|
|17||Mrs. Thornton's Story; Troubled||2:19|
|18||Doggie In a Tutu (Trepak)||0:35|
|19||On True Love; My Job; Small Favor||2:08|
|20||Thwarted; Stay Out Of It||0:43|
|21||Eloise Figures It Out; Woo Pitching||2:02|
|22||Bills G. F.?||0:51|
|23||Playing with Prunella||0:49|
|24||Bavarian Chocolate Cake; Spy Gear||1:24|
|26||Right Off Schedule||0:15|
|27||Prunella's Apology; Cakes, Turtles & Hysteria; Spies||2:53|
|28||Pearls, Pickups and Phones; You Look So Happy||3:50|
|30||Eloise Gets Caught||0:51|
|31||Eloise Gets Put Away||0:30|
|32||Come In, Nanny; Nanny Rescues Eloise||2:18|
|33||The Wedding; That's Why; A Lot Of Things Happen; Der Ersatze Prinz||7:23|
|34||Hark! The End of the Show||2:25|
Disney released the movie on VHS and DVD on November 16, 2004.
U.S. Casting by Nancy Foy
Canadian Casting by Tina Gerussi
Kim Everett and Roberta Romano, Associates
|Kenneth Welsh||Sir Wilkes|
|Sara Topham||Rachel Peabody|
|Victor A. Young||Mr. Peabody|
|Corinne Conley||Mrs. Thornton|
|Christine Baranski||Prunella Stickler|
|Jeffrey Tambor||Mr. Salomone|
|Tannis Burnett||Miss Thompson|
|Neil Crone||Agent Kringle|
|Gene Di Novi||Vincent|
|Sergio Di Zio||Lou (Bellhop)|
|Donna Feore||Eloise's Mother|
|Rothaford Gray||Security Guard|
|Graham Harley||Walter (Concierge)|
|Beatriz Pizano||Female Tailor|
|Gerry Quigley||Room Service Operator|
|David Sparrow||Charlie (Doorman)|
|Tom Tumminello||Santa Claus|
|Jonathan Wilson||Frederic (Bellhop)|
|Roy William Gardner||Traveling Salesman|
|Flossie McKnight||Head of Housekeeping|
|Tony Sciara||Marco (Assistant Chef)|
- Me, Eloise: "Little Miss Christmas"
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