Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki

This article is about Christmas specials that were planned or announced, but were ultimately cancelled during production.

Mickey's Nephews[]

Mickey's Nephews was an unmade Christmas-themed Mickey Mouse short that was in production in 1938. According to the book The Disney That Never Was, it was to have a similar plot to Mickey's Orphans, in that Mickey would play Santa for a group of orphans who previously appeared in the shorts Gulliver Mickey, Orphan's Benefit, and Orphans' Picnic.[1] However, the title suggests that the short would have actually featured Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse, Mickey's nephews from the newspaper comic strip.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Filmation version)[]

In the 1980s, one of the animated movies that Filmation had planned for their New Classics Collection series (which primarily would consist of "sequels" to literary stories, some of which had already been adapted by Walt Disney Animation Studios) was an adaptation of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum. The whole series was cancelled due to a lawsuit by Disney, with only two of its films, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night and Happily Ever After, actually getting released (the latter coming out six years after Filmation went out of business).

Santa Claus: The Movie (John Carpenter's version)[]

In 1984, John Carpenter was one of many directors attached to helm Santa Claus: The Movie, intending to cast Brian Dennehy or Wilford Brimley as the titular character. However, not enjoying the screenplay, Carpenter wanted to write an entirely new script with his sole credit, additionally wanting to compose the film's musical score. The studio wasn't interested in Carpenter doing anything besides directing and he eventually left the project over creative differences. Jeannot Szwarc would go on to direct the final project with David Huddleston playing Santa Claus.

A Tin Toy Christmas[]


A Tin Toy Christmas, a production by Pixar Animation Studios, was to have been a follow-up to their 1988 short film Tin Toy. It was to have been directed by John Lasseter, who was also co-writing the special with Joe Ranft, Peter Docter, and Andrew Stanton.

The special's plot follows Tinny, the eponymous toy from Tin Toy. In the special's context, he is 1940s musical toy who was put in storage because he didn't sell very well. Many years later, he awakens in a huge megastore during Christmas and goes searching for his old friends, meeting a ventriloquist's dummy and a junkman.

After the project was shelved for two years, John Lasseter took it out again and expanded the concept to a feature-length film, which eventually became Toy Story.

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I'll Be Home for Christmas (Peanuts)[]

I'll Be Home for Christmas was an unmade Christmas special based on the newspaper comic strip Peanuts that was in production during the 1990s. Storyboards for this unproduced special can be seen in the book The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation by Charles Solomon, along with this plot summary:

Snoopy decides to enter a skating competition in faraway Hollywood, which sadly keeps him from spending Christmas with Charlie Brown, who wants nothing more for Christmas than to have his dog back home. Lucy also wants Snoopy back... to pay his delinquent psychiatric bill - a whopping twenty cents![2]

The summary suggests that the special would have been adapted from a three-week storyline that ran in the comic strip from December 4-22 of 1967. However, in the original story, Snoopy was going to Grenoble, France, where the Winter Olympics were being held that year.

The Nightmare Before Christmas sequel[]

In 2001, the Walt Disney Company began to consider producing a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas, but rather than using stop-motion, Disney wanted to use computer animation. Tim Burton convinced Disney to drop the idea. "I was always very protective of Nightmare not to do sequels or things of that kind," Burton explained. "You know, 'Jack visits Thanksgiving world' or other kinds of things just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it... Because it's a mass-market kind of thing, it was important to kind of keep that purity of it."

Santa Calls[]

When 20th Century Fox bought Blue Sky Studios, their first feature film with them was originally going to be an animated film based on the children's book Santa Calls by author William Joyce. It follows Santa Claus asking three gifted children to help him defeat an army of dark elves and save Christmas. However, the film's production was canceled due to difficulties to improve the CGI animation and problems with the production; ultimately, Blue Sky's first theatrical film was Ice Age in 2002, and Joyce later worked with Fox and Blue Sky on Robots and Epic.

A Very Daffy Christmas[]

In the early 2000s, Warner Bros. planned on releasing a series of new theatrical Looney Tunes shorts, produced by Larry Doyle. One such short, A Very Daffy Christmas, was to be about Daffy Duck inadvertently ending up at the North Pole while flying south for the winter. However, Warner Bros.' executives hated the first six completed shorts (which can be seen on the Looney Tunes: Back in Action Blu-ray) and cancelled production on further shorts.

Untitled 2008 Doctor Who Christmas special[]

In 2008, an untitled Christmas episode of Doctor Who was written, but never produced. The plot would involve an alien creature attaching itself to J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, resulting in the world being turned into a magical reality influenced by her imagination. The Doctor would have to battle wizards and witches in order to find Rowling and set things right.

"Miracle on Bannerman Road"[]

"Miracle on Bannerman Road" was an unmade episode of The Sarah Jane Chronicles, written by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman, that would have served as the conclusion to the fourth series. It was to be a take on A Christmas Carol in which a guide (the role of whom was at one point considered for Tom Baker) would show Christmas past, presents and future to Sarah Jane.

Marvin the Martian in "Yule Be Sorry"[]

On July 29, 2008, Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment announced plans for a live action/computer-animated Christmas movie starring Looney Tunes antagonist Marvin the Martian. The film would be about Marvin, who would be voiced by Mike Myers, trying to destroy the Earth during Christmas by becoming a competitor of Santa Claus, portrayed by Christopher Lee. The film was scheduled to be released on October 7, 2011, but as of 2019, appears to have been scrapped. Test footage of the film (which featured Eric Bauza voicing Marvin) was leaked on December 28, 2012.

Untitled In Search of Santa sequel[]

Michael Aschner was commissioned to write for a sequel to In Search of Santa that would follow Eugene as he learns about himself being a long-lost prince from the neighboring island beyond Royal Rookery Rock. However, Aschner quit writing for animation after he got impressed by Happy Feet in its original theatrical release period, and the shutdown of Tundra Productions after At Jesus Side premiered in the wake of the production troubles of the original special.


In April 2014, Kevin Smith announced the Christmas-themed horror movie Anti-Claus, with a script based on the episode "The Christmas Special" of his Edumacation podcast. The script was co-written by his Edumacation co-host Andrew McElfresh, marking it the first script Smith collaborated on with another writer. Filming was initially scheduled for September 2014, with Tusk actors Justin Long, Michael Parks and Haley Joel Osment returning as cast. The movie centered around the European folklore figure Krampus, a devil-esque creature who punishes naughty children.

The film was cancelled due to the release of the 2015 film Krampus, which centered around the same topic. In June 2017, Smith announced that the script was retooled to Killroy Was Here, with Krampus being replaced by a monster based on the graffiti phenomenon. The film started shooting that same month, with the crew consisting of students of the Ringling College of Art and Design.

SCOOB!: Holiday Haunt[]

Scoob! Holiday Haunt Title Card

SCOOB!: Holiday Haunt was a movie based on Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo franchise, specifically spun off from the 2020 animated film SCOOB!, that was planned for release on HBO Max in 2022. It was written by Paul Dini and Tony Cervone, and was to be directed by Michael Kurinsky and Bill Haller. The official summary given was:

To celebrate Scooby-Doo's first Christmas, 10-year-old Shaggy and the gang take him to a holiday-themed resort owned by Fred's favorite Uncle Ned. When the park is beset by a ghostly haunting, the kids must solve a 40-year-old mystery to save the resort and show Scooby the true meaning of Christmas.

While Frank Welker would once again be reprising the voice of Scooby, the special would have Iain Armitage as Shaggy, Ariana Greenblatt as Velma, McKenna Grace as Daphne, and Pierce Gagnon as Fred, with Michael McKean voicing Uncle Ned. Mark Hamill, Cristo Fernandez, Andre Braugher, and Ming-Na Wen were also announced as part of the voice cast.

On August 2, 2022, it was announced that production on the movie had been cancelled amid a cost-savings push at Warner Bros, despite it having been mostly completed by that point.[3] There is a hashtag to revive and finish the movie called #SaveScoobHolidayHaunt.

External links


  1. The Disney That Never Was: The Stories and Art of Five Decades of Unproduced Animation, by Charles Solomon. 1995, Disney Editions.
  2. The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation, by Charles Solomon. 2012, Chronicle Books.
  3. 'Batgirl' and 'Scoob! Holiday Haunt' Scrapped at Warner Bros. Amid Cost-Savings Push