believing that she had been set up by her toddler brother, Gabriel, who had destroyed her favorite toy and ruined her chances to ask Santa for a new one by his crying. After a somewhat intoxicated Lanny suggests using the "magic word" to get the password for the device that will get her off the list, she does just that: using the word "please" as the password, since genuinely naughty kids never say "please.
I do get where she's coming from as it does make a bit of sense but hey, we younger siblings don't always mean to do what we do. Things seem to be going her way at first but a malfunction after she switches her name to the nice list causes every child in the world to end up on the naughty list. Meanwhile, Wayne is getting tired of being shown up by his younger brother and says the one thing that would crush any sibling, that he wishes he didn't have a younger brother. Those words are just so painful and I'm sure something siblings young or old have thought at one point in our lives. Grace seeing this argument between the brothers realizes that her baby brother can't control what he does and find the love for him again. This is great but there is still the issue of trying to get the kids off the naughty list... This is resolved by taking the device to the highest point they can find and that can help the next morning, the brothers have reconciled and awarded Elf of the Year together. And Grace is gifted with a new toy to replace the one that he tore up.
In all, this is a cute special with a good message. Let's take a look at the characters.
While Lanny was a major character in the first special, he was sidelined a bit in this special but I do get that and there isn't enough to justify talking about him here. With that out of the way, let's take a look at the characters.
Wayne & Noel voiced by Dave Foley & Rob Riggle
I greatly enjoyed the sibling relationship between these two being a younger brother to an older sister, I can't speak to the validity of how this brotherly relationship played out but it felt and natural. There was a sense that even though Wayne may have gotten annoyed by his little brother and not liked his actions, he still loved him. And this is cinched for me when Noel tells Wayne that he was his hero as this speaks to a truth that so many younger siblings like myself have, our older sibling is our first hero.
Grace voiced by Emily Alyn Lind
I don't actually side with the special presenting Grace as being naughty. Yes, her actions were wrong, there is no doubt to that but I think they are more understandable than just being straight-up naughty. She's not a bad kid. She's just misguided and needs to be set straight and that is what she learns in this special. She comes to have an appreciation for her baby brother and realizes that she has to be a better example for him. As a younger brother with an older sister, this is important to me. I love my sister, she is someone that I look up to dearly but I know that when I was first born, she loved me and resented me at the same time because as a younger sibling, I took the attention away from her. Though we grew closer over time, sure there were bumps but that's true of any sibling relationship and she has always told me that she would do anything to protect me. I feel that Grace is still in the early stages of understanding what it means to be an older sibling and how much her little brother is going to look to her as he grows up.
My Final Thoughts
This is a great special. The first is stronger in my opinion but still, this isn't that bad. Join me next time for a Recess break as we learn that
Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave