Disney Original ‘The Naughty Nine’ to Begin Streaming on Disney+ Thanksgiving Day

Disney Branded Television on Sept. 28 announced that its new Disney Original Movie The Naughty Nine will begin streaming on Disney+ on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 – a day after its debut on the Disney Channel.

The Naughty Nine stars Danny Glover as Santa Claus. The film centers around a mischievous fifth grader named Andy, who finds himself without a present from Santa on Christmas morning. Realizing he must have landed on the “naughty list” and feeling unfairly maligned, Andy pulls together a team of eight other “naughty listers” to help him execute an elaborate heist in Santa’s Village at the North Pole to get the presents they feel they deserve. Along the way, the group comes to realize that the very best way off the naughty list is to redirect their unique talents for good — instead of mischief.

The movie’s ensemble includes Winslow Fegley as Andy; Camila Rodriguez as Dulce, Andy’s best friend and archery expert; Anthony Joo as North Pole conspiracy theorist Lewis; Imogen Cohen as daredevil “wheel woman” Ha-Yoon; Clara Stack as animal whisperer Rose; Deric McCabe as master-of-disguise Jon Anthony; Ayden Elijah as charmer Albert; Madilyn Kellam as Andy’s older sister, Laurel, a skilled gymnast seeking to regain her confidence; and Derek Theler as Bruno, a disgruntled cargo pilot who claims to have witnessed Santa’s sleigh.

Alberto Belli directed The Naughty Nine, and Suzanne Todd is an executive producer. The Naughty Nine was written by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, who also serve as executive producers.

Disney+ Greenlights Season 2 of ‘The Santa Clauses’ Series

Disney+ on Dec. 14 announced it has greenlighted a second season of the original series “The Santa Clauses.”

Tim Allen will executive-produce and continue in his role as Santa/Scott Calvin from the Walt Disney Pictures theatrical franchise. Elizabeth Mitchell will reprise her role as Mrs. Claus/Carol.

Alongside Allen, Jack Burditt will continue as executive producer and showrunner, and Kevin Hench, Richard Baker and Rick Messina will serve as executive producers along with Jason Winer and Jon Radler for Small Dog Picture Company. Season one of the series, which premiered on Nov. 16, is currently streaming on Disney+. 

“This franchise has had a lasting impact for so many families, truly becoming part of their annual holiday traditions,” said Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television. “Bringing it back as a series has been a true gift, and I’m grateful to our producing partners at 20th Television and, of course, Tim Allen and team, that we have yet another reason to celebrate this holiday season.”

Allen first portrayed Santa/Scott Calvin in the 1994 film The Santa Clause. Mitchell was introduced as Carol in the 2002 sequel The Santa Clause 2 when Allen’s character must find a Mrs. Claus in order to continue being Santa. 

Allen, whose popularity skyrocketed as the star of the top-rated ABC series “Home Improvement,” earned numerous awards for his role of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, including a Golden Globe in 1994 and The People’s Choice Award for eight consecutive years from 1992 to 1999. Allen also starred for nine seasons on the hit series “Last Man Standing.”

In 1995, Allen voiced the Buzz Lightyear character in Pixar’s first computer-animated film, Toy Story. He reprised the role in two sequels, 1999’s Toy Story 2 and 2010’s Toy Story 3. He also appeared as the character in a number of “Toy Story” short films, including “Hawaiian Vacation,” “Small Fry” and “Partysaurus Rex.”

In season one of “The Santa Clauses,” Scott Calvin returns after being Santa Claus for nearly 30 years, and he’s as jolly as ever. But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic. Scott struggles to keep up with the demands of the job, as well as being there for his family. Upon discovering there is a way to retire from his post, Scott considers stepping down as Santa Claus and finding a worthy successor so that he can become a better father and husband.

The Disney Branded Television series is a production of 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios.