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"Miguel's Wonderful Life" is the Christmas episode of the PBS animated series, Maya & Miguel, originally aired as the third episode of the show's fourth season. As the title suggests, it is loosely based on Frank Capra's 1946 film, It's a Wonderful Life.


It's Christmas, and the Santos family is getting ready for the festivities. In her enthusiasm, Maya manages to mess up things for Miguel: she spills juice on his book report, volunteers him to hang a pinata in class (a task which makes him take a humiliating fall), volunteers him to wear a Santa suit that's too big for him and follow her around wishing their neighbors happy holidays (the pants fall down in front of everyone), and smudges a painting he was making as a gift for their parents. Miguel lash out to Maya, then he wish that she was out of his life. The next day, he awakens to find his wish has come true; Maya doesn't exist, and nobody has ever heard of her. Paco (who has inexplicably become incredibly articulate) follows him around, commenting as he takes in how the world has changed. At first, it seems like all his Maya-made troubles are over...but then he sees how the lack of her influence has adversely affected the world: Maggie and Chrissy aren't friends because they had a difference of opinion (which Maya had previously helped them overcome), Mr. Nguyen isn't their teacher because he felt unappreciated (Maya had made him feel appreciated), Jimmy McCorkle becomes a bully, etc. Finally realizing how much worse everything is without Maya, Miguel regrets he ever made the wish, and wishes it all to be reversed. The world goes back to normal. Maya is back, Miguel's painting is still ruined, and he couldn't be happier to have a twin sister.


Voice actor Character
Candi Milo Maya Santos
Tito Chávez
Nika Futterman Miguel Santos
Carlos Alazraqui Paco
Mr. Nguyen
Coach Simon
Jeannie Elias Andy Arlington
Lunch Lady
Lucy Liu Maggie Lee
Jerod Mixon Theo McEwen
Elizabeth Peña Rosa Santos
Beth Payne Chrissy Lum
Mrs. Langley
Newspaper Girl

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