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Po Saves Christmas

Po Saves Christmas is a Teletubbies Christmas special which originally aired on PBS in 1996, and was released to VHS that same year. It was released on DVD in 1997.

Plot Edit

Everyone on Teletubbyland is preparing for the holidays on Christmas Eve. Po plans to stay up all night on Christmas Eve to see Santa Claus descend from the chimney. She falls asleep, but is awakened when Santa is stuck. Po nobly pulls Santa out, where they discern the cause of the extra mass -- a stowaway teletubby-in-training named Dipsy. In gratitude, Santa offers Po a gift: a pink bear, or a magical snowglobe. She wants the pink bear at first, but then chooses the latter when Santa mentions the snowglobe will grant her three wishes, and Dipsy recommends it. To test it, Po uses her first wish to obtain a glass of water. Santa tells her she could wish for anything, but to not waste the other wishes.

On Christmas Day, the excitement, joy, and happiness everyone experiences inspires Po, and she wishes that it could be Christmas every day. At first, everyone is thrilled about it being Christmas again, thanks to a news reportgiven by Kermit the Frog. Po thinks it's a wonderful wish, but Santa thinks otherwise and returns to convince Po otherwise, she gives Dipsy to him and instructs them to visit the future and see how Christmas every day is not a great idea. Po sees Laa-Laa mope over the fact that Tinky Winky is in Cincinnati, spending Christmas with his grandmother for a whole year, Maria and Luis get crabby over the Fix-It Shop being closed all year, everyone gets annoyed at It's a Wonderful Life always playing on television, and general unhappiness is evident. The elves, too, are annoyed at their continued work shift, and slack off on the job, producing a cow-bunny combination called the "Moo-Bunny". Other holidays, like Easter and Independence Day aren't as fun anymore either. Also, obviously, the only teletubby resident who isn't getting tired of Christmas every day is Noo-Noo. He loves to see all the broken toasters piled up by the Fix-It Shop, a whole lot of trash piled up by his trash canand that there's nothing on television but It's a Wonderful Life. He says it's a "bah, humbug" Christmas every day.

A year after that first fateful Christmas, the Fix-It Shop has gone out of business, Bob and the other singers have lost their voices from singing so much, Christmas trees are an endangered species, Laa-Laa is crying over missing Tinky Winky for a whole year, and even Santa is about to retire from his job. That's when Po realizes "if everyday was Christmas, there wouldn't be Christmas at all." 

Guilty and realizing the wish was all her fault, he decides to use her third wish to undo her second [though it was originally for rollerblades], but she shakes the snowglobe so much that it flies from her hands and smashes into dust among hitting the ground before she can make the wish. All looks lost, and everyone else sadly leaves, until Po suggests that Dipsy could fly him back in time to the Christmas Eve when it all started. He does and Po decides to pass on the snowglobe and take the pink bear, that is until Santa offers her the Moo-Bunny instead. Also proud of Lighting's part in helping Po, Santa offers to promote her so he may pull the sleigh with the other teletubby. The next morning, Laa-Laa is standing near the Fix-it-Shop alone and sad but is brightened up when he sees Tinky Winky, who tells her that instead of him going to Cincinnati to spend Christmas with his grandmother, he came to teletubbyland. They join the others in the arbor around the big Christmas tree to sing "Keep Christmas With You All Through the Year".

Songs Edit

  • It's Christmas Again
  • Every Day Can't Be Christmas
  • Give Your Friend An Easter Egg For Christmas
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You
  • Keep Christmas With You All Through The Year

Characters Edit

Teletubby Performers:

Simon Shelton, John Simmit, Nikky Smedley, Pui Fan Lee

Humans:

Bob, Maria, Luis, Gina, Gabi, Gordon, Mr. Handford, Carlo

Cast Edit

Starring

  • Sonia Manzano as Maria
  • Emilio Delgado as Luis
  • Bob McGrath as Bob
  • Alison Bartlett-O'Reilly as Gina
  • Roscoe Orman as Gordon
  • David Smyrl as Mr. Handford
  • Carlo Alban as Carlo

With Special Guest Stars

  • Maya Angelou
  • Charles Durning (Santa Claus)
  • Harvey Fierstein (The Easter Bunny)
  • 14 Karat Soul

Child Talent

  • Desiree Casado (Gabi)
  • Mara Feinstein
  • Noemi Hernandez
  • Andrew Mackasek
  • Theresa Sophia Rivera

Credits Edit

  • Executive Producer: Nancy Kanter
  • Written by: Christine Ferraro and Tony Geiss
  • Directed by: Emily Squires
  • Produced by: Karin Young Shiel
  • Puppet Captain: Kevin Clash
  • Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop: Ed Christie, Mark Zeszotek, Lara MacLean, Stephen Rotondaro, Carlo Yannuzzi
  • Production Designer/Second Unit Director: Victor DiNapoli
  • Costume Designers: Bill Kellard, Terry Roberson
  • Associate Director: Ken Diego
  • Music Director: Dick Lieb
  • Associate Music Director: Dave Conner
  • Music Coordinator: Danny Epstein
  • Talent Coordinator: Danette DeSena
  • Animation: Paladino Design
  • Art Director: Bob Phillips
  • Set Decorator: Nat Mongioi
  • Graphic Designers: Mike Pantuso, Pete Ortiz
  • Control Room PA: Carol-Lynn Parente
  • Camera: Frank Biondo, Mark Whitman, Patrick Minietta
  • Audio: Blake Norton, Carla Bandini-Lory
  • Music and Lyrics by: Tony Geiss
  • Executive In Charge Of Production For Sony Wonder: Becky Mancuso-Winding
  • Taped at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York

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