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Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
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GenreChristmas special
Written byJim Fisher
Jim Staahl
Story byFred A. Rappoport
Elmo Shropshire
Jim Fisher
Jim Staahl
Directed byPhil Roman
StarringMichele Lee
Voices ofElmo Shropshire
Michele Lee
Alex Doduk
Susan Blu
Cam Clarke
Christopher Gaze
Phil Hayes
Scott McNeil
Pauline Newstone
Maggie Blue O'Hara
Venus Terzo
Jim Fisher
Jim Staahl
Kathleen Barr
Narrated byElmo Shropshire
Composer(s)Nathan Wang
Randy Brooks
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Phil Roman
Producer(s)Jim Fisher
Noel-Quinn Roman
Jim Staahl
Running time51 minutes
Production company(s)The Fred Rappoport Company, Inc.
Phil Roman Entertainment
SFM Entertainment
DistributorWarner Home Video
Original networkThe WB
Original release
  • October 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)
External links
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Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer is a 2000 Canadian–American animated Christmas TV special, directed by Phil Roman. The special was first released on home video in October, and then aired on The WB network on December 21, 2000.[1] The title and story are based on the 1979 novelty song of the same name.[2]

The film subsequently airs on The CW (the successor to The WB) and AMC, and also aired on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and Freeform. Because Warner Home Video distributed this special, Warner Bros. owns the copyrights.


Jake Spankenheimer's grandmother owns a small general store in the town of Cityville. The store happens to be the only piece of property not owned by Austin Bucks, the wealthiest man in town, whose CEO corporation specializes in making Christmas easier and less involved for the town's busy residents. Grandma tells Austin that his method of trying to make Christmas easier is not really for the best and refuses to sell the store. This runs afoul of the gold-digging Cousin Mel, who plans to sell the store anyway, and plans to sabotage Grandma's fruitcake by adding an ingredient with hopes that they won't sell, forcing Grandma to sell the store to Austin.

Jake and Grandma love the holiday season, though the rest of the family aren't as excited. Jake and his sister Daphne argue over Santa Claus' existence, that night, Santa's reindeer crash into Grandma, his family refuses to believe Jake, except for his grandfather who also saw the accident unfold. The next morning, Grandma is indeed missing and the police find an imprint of her in the snow, along with her belongings. Cousin Mel finds a letter that she quickly hides from the others.

Nine months pass without Grandma and the store's business drops. During this time, Cousin Mel comes up with a new plan to sell the store to Austin, by tricking Grandpa into giving her his power of attorney. When Jake objects, Austin agrees to give him another week in order to find Grandma before going through with the deal. Adamant in his belief that Santa ran over her, Jake emails Santa, and soon Quincy, Santa's head elf, comes to take Jake to the North Pole. It turns out that Santa had taken Grandma back to the North Pole for medical treatment. Unfortunately, she has developed amnesia from the accident, and until receiving Jake's e-mail Santa had no idea of who she was. After Jake explains the situation, Santa, Quincy, and Grandma agree to go with him to stop the deal.

When they arrive in Cityville, however, Cousin Mel and her attorney, I.M. Slime, quickly trick Grandma into going with them. After Santa explains to Austin what has happened, Jake and Quincy discover that Grandma has gone missing once again. Cousin Mel uses the opportunity to accuse Santa of being behind her disappearance. Santa is arrested and 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.

Three months later, Daphne suspects that Cousin Mel may have been involved in Grandma's second disappearance, and Jake and Quincy follow her to a cabin in the woods where she and I.M. Slime are keeping Grandma out of sight. They rescue Grandma and find Santa's letter explaining what happened, that Cousin Mel had found at the site of Grandma's accident, and also the vial of the ingredient Cousin Mel added to Grandma's fruitcake that Christmas Eve night, which had the effect of "reindeer-nip" irresistible to reindeer. They manage to restore Grandma's memory by feeding her some of her own fruitcakes and rush to the courthouse to prove Santa's innocence.

Confronted with the evidence, Cousin Mel is forced to confess everything she did. She even admits that she hates the true meaning of Christmas and is nothing more than a greedy person. She is arrested for obstructing justice and "almost ruining Christmas," and the judge lets Santa go after finally discovering the truth. Austin approaches Grandma again, this time offering to franchise her store throughout the country, having seen how much she and Jake care about their family and their business.

The show ends with Grandma getting struck by Santa's reindeer again when she brings out the tainted fruitcake. Grandpa and Jake pick her up; this time she did not suffer amnesia. Santa's sleigh takes off into the night with him saying the Spanish phrase for "Merry Christmas": "Feliz Navidad."


  • Grandma Spankenheimer (voiced by Susan Blu) Jake and Daphne's loving grandmother and Frank's mother who loves Christmas. Grandma is the owner of a general store in Cityville. Merchandise at the store includes ornaments, toys, and Grandma's famous "Killer Fruitcake."
  • Jake Spankenheimer (voiced by Alex Doduk) – Jake leads the search for Grandma when she mysteriously disappears, and Grandma being hit by Santa's sleigh. A firm believer in Santa Claus, Jake proves his family wrong when he finds the real Santa Claus.
  • Cousin Mel (voiced by Michele Lee) – Cousin Mel is a money-grubbing woman who wears too much makeup and jewelry and beats Grandpa at cards. Cousin Mel is out to sell the store to the wealthy Austin Bucks, and makes Santa Claus the fall guy in a lawsuit over Grandma's disappearance so she can get all his money. Her partner in crime was her lawyer, I.M. Slime, who was also in on Mel's scheme. At the end of the film, she’s arrested, sent to prison and is on Santa's naughty list for life. Other than simply "a cousin," it’s unclear as to her exact relationship within the family or even if she is a Spankenheimer.
  • Grandpa Spankenheimer & The Narrator (both voiced by Elmo Shropshire) – Jake and Daphne's grandfather, Grandma's daffy husband and Frank's father. Grandpa accidentally gives Cousin Mel power of attorney, giving Cousin Mel the power to sell Spankenheimer's General Store to Austin Bucks. The narrator is the adult Jake telling the story.
  • Austin Bucks (voiced by Cam Clarke) – A monopolizing store tycoon that wants to buy the store from the Spankenheimers, but near the end of the special, decides instead of buying out the Spankenheimers, he decides to franchise the store, which Grandma eventually accepts the offer to franchise the store. Bucks is completely unaware of Cousin Mel's plots and, in fact, gives Jake the opportunity to prove his story, despite not really believing it.
  • Santa Claus (voiced by Jim Staahl) – A jolly old man who delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. Santa accidentally runs over Grandma with his reindeer-drawn sleigh, and takes her to his hospital at his North Pole workshop.
  • Mrs. Claus (voiced by Kathleen Barr) - She’s known for making cookies with the elves, caring for the reindeer, and preparing toys with her husband. She makes an appearance in this film reading an article in the newspaper about her husband getting arrested and later flying home with him after he was acquitted.
  • Daphne Spankenheimer (voiced by Maggie Blue O'Hara) – Jake's older sister and Grandma and Grandpa's granddaughter. Daphne is a bit more skeptical and less apt to helping Grandma than Jake is, but she isn’t as apathetic as Cousin Mel. Despite this, she still cares about her brother and Grandma and Grandpa.
  • Frank Spankenheimer (voiced by Scott McNeil) – Jake and Daphne's father and Grandma and Grandpa's son.
  • Rita Spankenheimer (voiced by Kathleen Barr) – Jake and Daphne's mother and Grandma and Grandpa's daughter-in-law.
  • I.M. Slime (voiced by Kathleen Barr) – Cousin Mel's money-loving attorney & accomplice. Sent to prison with Cousin Mel.
  • Officers - (voiced by Jim Fisher and Kathleen Barr) - Two police officers who investigate Grandma's disappearance and later arrest Cousin Mel and I.M. Slime.
  • Quincy - (voiced by Philip Maurice Hayes) - Santa's head elf who helps Jake rescue Grandma and clear Santa's name.


All tracks are written by Nathan Wang, Elmo Shropshire and Rita Abrams.

1."Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"Gary Chase 
2."Feels Like Christmas"Gary Chase 
3."Grandpa's Gonna Sue the Pants Off Santa"Michele Lee 
4."Grandma's Spending Christmas With the Superstars"Gary Chase 
5."Grandma's Killer Fruitcake"Gary Chase 

Home media releases[]

Warner Home Video released Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer to VHS on October 31, 2000 and to DVD on October 16, 2001.[citation needed]


  1. Lenburg, Jeff (2009). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons (3rd ed.). New York: Checkmark Books. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-8160-6600-1. 
  2. Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 122. ISBN 9781476672939. 

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