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Title-GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer
Directed by: Phil Roman
Written by: Jim Staahl
Jim Fisher
Release date: October 31, 2000
Running time: 51 minutes
Available on: VHS
DVD
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The cover to the DVD release.

This article is about the animated special. For the Grey's Anatomy episode of the same name, see Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (Grey's Anatomy).

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer is an animated direct-to-video TV special directed by Phil Roman, produced by SFM Entertainment, and released in 2000. Inspired by the song of the same name, it airs every year on Cartoon Network and on The CW Television Network during the Christmas season.

Synopsis

SPOILER: Plot details or story follow.

The show begins by introducing Jake Spankenheimer and his family, most notably Grandma Spankenheimer, who owns a small general store in the uncreatively-named town of Cityville. The store also happens to be the only piece of property not owned by Austin Bucks, the town's richest man, whose company specializes in making Christmas easier and less involved for the town's overly busy residents. Grandma, however, tells Austin Bucks that his method of trying to make Christmas easier is not really for the best and refuses to sell. This runs afoul of Cousin Mel, the family's gold-digging relative, who is attracted to Austin's good looks but even more so, his money.

Jake loves the holiday season, as does his grandmother, though most of his family is not as excited about it. Jake and his older sister, Daphne, also quarrel over Santa Claus' existence, as Jake's parents try to gently break the news to him that Santa is not real. Meanwhile, Mel plans to sabotage Grandma's famous fruitcake recipe, secretly adding a disgusting ingredient with hopes that they won't sell, forcing Grandma to sell the store to Austin Bucks. Grandma then takes the fruitcakes and her other baked goods with her when she leaves the house on Christmas Eve night, but as she leaves, Santa flies by overhead and his reindeer, suddenly out of control, accidentally crash into her. Jake sees out the window, but the family refuses to believe him. The next morning, however, Grandma is missing, and the police find an imprint of her in the snow, along with her belongings; Mel also finds a piece of paper that she quickly hides from the others. However, no one can tell where Grandma is herself.

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Almost a year passes without any trace of Grandma, and Mel comes up with a new plan to sell the store to Austin Bucks by tricking the somewhat-senile Grandpa Spankenheimer into giving her his power of attorney. She then plans to sell the store to Austin Bucks, but when Jake objects, Bucks agrees to give him another week to find Grandma before going through with the deal. Adamant in his belief that Santa ran over her, Jake e-mails Santa, and soon Quincy, Santa's head elf, comes to take him to the North Pole. It turns out that Santa had run over Grandma, but had then taken her back to his home for medical treatment. Unfortunately, she got amnesia, and until receiving Jake's e-mail, Santa had been unsure of who she was. However, when Jake explains the situation back in Cityville, Santa, Quincy and the amnesiac Grandma agree to go with him to stop the deal.

When they arrive in Cityville, however, Mel and her attorney, I.M. Slime quickly come up with a plan to kidnap Grandma, and after Santa explains to Austin Bucks what happened, Jake and Quincy discover that Grandma has gone missing again. Mel and I.M. Slime then accuse Santa of being behind her disappearance, and he is put on trial for kidnapping, leaving the scene of an accident and "sleighicular negligence." The two then plot to sue him, deducing that someone who can pay for billions of presents must be incredibly wealthy.

Jake becomes suspicious that Mel may have been involved in Grandma's second disappearance, and follow her to a cabin in the woods where she and I.M. Slime have been keeping Grandma. They rescue Grandma, and also find the piece of paper Mel had found at the site of Grandma's accident - a note from Santa explaining what had happened - and a vial of the ingredient Mel had added to Grandma's fruitcakes, which turned out to be "reindeer-nip." They then manage to restore Grandma's memory by feeding her some of her own famous fruitcake, and rush to the courthouse to prove that Mel had been behind everything that happened to Grandma. Confronted with the evidence, Mel is forced to confess and is placed under arrest. Austin Bucks then approaches Grandma again, this time offering to franchise her store throughout the country. The show ends with Grandma accidentally picking up the tainted fruitcake instead of her own recipe, resulting in Santa hitting her again as he's trying to fly back to the North Pole.

Spoilers end here.

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Trivia

  • Cousin Mel's design is plagiarized from noticeably similar to that of Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo. I.M. Slime also looks strikingly like network censor Lydia Karaoke from the Warner Bros. animated series Histeria!, and Santa's head elf looks quite a bit like Bill Straitman from the same cartoon.
  • The female cop seems to be heavily influenced by a character in the film Fargo, in appearance and her heavy Minnesota accent.

Cast

Voice actor Character
Elmo Shropshire Narrator
Grandpa Spankenheimer
Alex Doduk Jake Spankenheimer
Susan Blu Grandma Spankenheimer
Michele Lee Cousin Mel
Maggie Blue O'Hara Daphne Spankenheimer
Cam Clarke Austin Bucks
Jim Staahl Santa Claus

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