Infuse a little magic into your holiday season with the stunning, stop-animation film The Light Before Christmas, opening at the Detroit Science Center’s Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre on Nov. 27, 2009.
The film begins with a cold, blustery Christmas Eve, when two lost children, Katie and Makean, are rescued by their friend, The Candleman, an old sage who imparts wisdom, hot chocolate and stories. He immediately invites the shivering children to his cozy cottage where he helps them warm up and dry out their mittens.
Knowing a little holiday magic will raise the children's spirits, The Candleman opens a weathered book and begins to read the classic tale, "The Night Before Christmas." To their astonishment, Katie and Makean find themselves as characters in the poem, where they experience the wonder and delight of Santa's visit to their home, complete with Hob the Elf and full team of reindeer. Hoping not to be seen, the children sneak from their bedroom and watch wide-eyed as Santa carefully fills the stocking and gently tucks gifts under the glittering Christmas tree.
This beautiful stop-motion animated film fills the giant screen with lavishly detailed sets and characters inspired by the fascinating designs of renowned artist James C. Christensen, while the musical score hearkens back to many beloved Christmas classics.
Just before the closing credits roll, Santa and Hob reappear and take the audience on a whimsical tour through the magical workshop where The Light Before Christmas was made. Artists create sets and characters, voice actors demonstrate their talents, and animators devote their skills and experience in bringing the script to life.