80 minutes animated feature film
© 2010 Gaumont-Alphanim, ASE Studios Pty Ltd
With an all-star Australian voice-cast including Shane Jacobson, Delta Goodrem, Magda Szubanski, Hugh Sheridan, Max Cullen and Georgie Parker, Santa’s Apprentice is a timeless and heart-warming animated adventure – a must for every family at Christmas time.
Nicholas is a 7-year-old Australian orphan who loves Christmas. The happiest day of the year for Nicholas and his friends at the orphanage is also tainted with sadness. Their greatest Christmas wish is one that may never be granted: to find a new family that they can call their own.
Meanwhile, in the North Pole workshop, Santa Claus is starting to panic about the ‘Santa Claus Rule’, which states that every 178 years, Santa must choose a new apprentice. If Santa doesn’t choose his apprentice by Christmas Eve, then it will be too late and Christmas may be lost forever.
There are 3 qualifications for any apprentice Santa…the apprentice must be an orphan, he must be pure of heart and his name must be Nicholas. And there’s only one child in the world who fits the bill….. and he lives in an orphanage in Sydney.
We follow Nicholas on his adventure as he struggles with the ups and downs of being the next Santa Claus. Nicholas wants to be the best Santa ever and will learn a few lessons along the way.
But Christmas has a way of making even the biggest mishaps alright and thanks to his loving mentors, Santa and Waldorf, Nicholas learns, as we all do, the true meaning of Christmas!
Santa's Apprentice was the recipient of the 2011 UNICEF Award at the Annecy International Animation Festival.