11/25 Amazon Studios Original Prime Video Kids Holiday Specials

Brand-new Amazon kids holiday specials are scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on November 25th, 2016

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2016/11/25 “We are so excited to bring our customers our first-ever holiday line-up of specials this season, with If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie and The Snowy Day based on beloved children’s books that highlight strong bonds between friends and families,” says Amazon Studios head of kid’s programming Tara Sorensen. “It’s what the holidays are all about. The American Girl Maryellen special is an inspiring feel-good story that will surely become a holiday family favorite for our customers.”

Amazon Studios announced its original kids holiday programming is scheduled to premiere on Friday, November 25 on Prime Video. Brand-new Amazon Original Specials include If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie, Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day, and An American Girl Story—Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas.

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie is about Mouse who spends his holiday season caroling with friends and eating cookies. There is a emergence with the holiday pageant. Mouse works to dsave the holiday season.

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie features voice talent from Mason Mahay, Roger Craig Smith, Jessica DiCiccio, Jeff Bennett, and Lara Jill Miller. Written and produced by Ken Scarborough. Based on the classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book series written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond.

Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day

In The Snowy Day, Peter’s mom send him to his Nan’s house to get thier traditional mac and cheese dinner. Along the way Peter encounters a neighborhood acapella singing group. On his way home with the special dinner he get cought up on a snow ballfight ruining dinner. Peter learns the true meaning of Christmas.

The Snowy Day is narrated by Laurence Fishburne and features voice talent by Regina King, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Angela Bassett, Lisa Loeb, Bethany Cosentino, and musical group Boyz II Men. Based on the award-winning book by Ezra Jack Keats, well-known as one of the first picture books to feature an African-American protagonist. Executively produced by Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Ann Austen, Irene Sherman, and Deborah Pope.

An American Girl Story—Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas

In An American Girl Story—Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas, Alyvia Alyn Lind is Maryellen, an artist and extrodinary young girl who lives in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1955. She keeps being told not to stand out she needs to blend in.

Samuel Faraci is Benji, a family friend afflicted with polio. A hospital visit with Benji inspires Maryellen to make this Christmas special. Maryellen brings joy over the holidays with her art.

An American Girl Story—Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas Stars: Alyvia Alyn Lind, Samuel Faraci, Maxwell Acee Donovan, and Mary McCormack. Directed by Valerie Weiss. Executively produced by Jane Startz.

These specials are part of Prime Video’s growing line-up of award-winning and critically acclaimed Originals for kids and families. Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it.

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If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

In this special, it’s holiday time and in Mouse’s house that means Christmas cookies (including a special one for Santa, of course), caroling with friends…and one nearly-destroyed holiday pageant. Can Mouse and his animal friends save the show, without getting utterly distracted along the way? If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was part of Amazon’s 2015 fall pilot season rated 4.7 stars by customers with 82% 5-star reviews; season one will premiere on Amazon Prime Video next year.

Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day

His mother sends him on an adventure to Nana’s house to retrieve their traditional Christmas mac and cheese dinner. After arriving at Nana’s and retrieving the mac and cheese—and his most coveted gift, a brand-new red sled—Nana helps Peter team up with the older boys for an epic snowball fight. When the neighborhood comes together to celebrate new traditions with Peter and his family, Peter realizes that the true meaning of the holiday is who you spend it with. The Snowy Day features an original song “Snowy Day” by Boyz II Men, available exclusively on Amazon Music to download and stream November 25. The book has won many awards, including the Caldecott medal—one of the highest honors in children’s literature, and was included in the Library of Congress’ list of “Books that Shaped America.”

An American Girl Story—Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas

is the second collaboration between American Girl and Amazon and is based on American Girl’s previously launched BeForever character Maryellen Larkin. The special is set during Christmas in 1955 in Daytona Beach, Florida, where middle child Maryellen (Alyvia Alyn Lind) longs to stand. A boisterous and artistic girl, Maryellen’s spirit is sometimes at odds with the era she’s living in: when conformity was valued above individuality. With advice from Maryellen’s mother (Mary McCormack), Maryellen learns the key to helping others is through listening. Maryellen is inspired to help the polio patients have the best Christmas ever. But her first attempts fall flat. Through her gift of drawing, Maryellen helps give the children an extraordinary Christmas they’ll never forget

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