CBS Unveils First Look at Holiday Original ‘Reindeer in Here’
Families can add to their holiday season celebrations with a new CBS Original animated special: reindeer here. The hour-long event will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 29 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT), immediately following the Rankin/Bass stop-motion classic Rudolph the red nosed reindeer (8-9 p.m., ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
Based on the award-winning Christmas book and plush set created by Adam Reed and written for the screen by Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, reindeer here is the heartwarming story of how Blizzard (Blizz), a young reindeer living in the North Pole who has an unusual trait – one antler much smaller than the other – and his unique group of friends band together to save the world. future of Christmas. In doing so, they unknowingly create a magical holiday tradition like no other.
“I fell in love with this project the moment I read the script and immediately got the message ‘different is normal,'” said executive producer and director Lino DiSalvo (Playmobil: The Film), who, as the former animation director of Walt Disney Animation Studios, helped Frozen, Tangled and Lock on the big screen. “I love that Blizzard, our hero character, no matter the situation, has confidence in him, even when others might not, despite his differences.”
In the special, Blizz just wants to show Santa that his quirky inventions can make Christmas even better. Theo, a lonely 10-year-old boy, is the new kid in town who yearns to make friends. When a mysterious villain sweeps away the magic snow globe that holds the wishes of every child in the world, these two unlikely heroes become Santa’s only hope to save Christmas. Blizzard and Theo can’t save Christmas on their own, so they enlist the help of their trustworthy friends.
Their journey features a cast of unique, quirky, and lovable characters, including Candy, the oversharing Snowgirl; Pinky, the only all-pink reindeer at the North Pole; Hawk, the silly and endearing Mohawk polar bear; Bucky, the nervous reindeer with big teeth; the lovable and hilarious Smiley the Elf, who has been Santa’s harassed HOHO (Holiday Operations Manager) for the past 500 years; and Isla, Theo’s brilliant classmate.
The first image released today features Blizz, Smiley, Santa, and Candy.
“As Blizzard tells Theo, ‘don’t hide what makes you unique,’ and this happy hour of family-friendly television celebrates just that,” said Reed, executive producer of the special. “Reindeer here is a story that not only encourages us to accept our differences, but also to celebrate them. It’s a story filled with laughter, joy, friendship and heart that we hope will join the list of holiday classics that families watch together year after magical year.
Launched in 2017, reindeer here sold out on Amazon in less than two hours and became a new release and an instant Amazon #1 bestseller. The book has since won 12 major awards, including creative child magazine’s book of the year, a Gold Mom’s Choice Award, and the prestigious National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Reed originally created reindeer here for his own children due to what he saw as a lack of positive holiday tradition brands on the market that also didn’t stress parents in the process.
Reed also runs the Emmy-nominated production company Thinkfactory Media. He has produced over 1,000 hours of television, including Gene Simmons family jewelrythe Marriage boot camp franchise, Hatfield and McCoy, Rat in the kitchen and mom june. He is also an accomplished commercial director, having been shortlisted at the Cannes International Advertising Festival.
The reindeer here special is created and produced by Reed, produced by CBS’ Eye Animation Productions. Erb and Oremland (The Princess and the Frog, Monster High: The Movie) are executive producers and writers. Jonathan Koch and Sander Schwartz are executive producers and DiSalvo is director and executive producer. Animation production is handled by Ottawa’s JamFilled; The executive producers of JamFilled are Jamie Leclaire, Phil Lafrance and Kyle Mac Dougall.