Cranberry Christmas (found animated Christmas special based on book; 2008)
Date found: 17 May '18
Found by: MrOrange
Cranberry Christmas is a 2008 animated Christmas special based on a 1976 children's book of the same name by Wende and Harry Devlin. Originally aired as part of ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas on December 8th, it was the first and only television special produced by Ocean Spray Cranberry Company and was aired commercial-free.
The plot revolves around a frozen cranberry bog that children in a small town skate on during the winter. A man named Cyrus Grape claims ownership of the cranberry bog and won't let the neighborhood children ice skate on it. A young girl named Maggie finds the documents they need to disprove his claim. The special ends with the kids being allowed to skate on the bog again.
Despite Cranberry Christmas airing a few times on ABC Family's 2008 run of their 25 Days of Christmas line-up, it hadn't been either aired since or seen a home video release.
For a while, all that was known to exist online of the film was ABC Family's trailer for the special as well as a minute and a half clip of the special. On May 17th, 2018, LMW user MrOrange uploaded his copy of the full special onto his YouTube channel.
- IMDb page on the Christmas special. Retrieved 03 Nov '18
- Ocean Spray's announcement of the Christmas special. Retrieved 03 Nov '18
- An article that mentions new songs from Barry Manilow that were made for the film. Retrieved 03 Nov '18