The Key to Christmas

Robert Hedges Rhedges@senseindy.org 3664000188570

ACTION ADVENTURE CHILDREN'S OTHER MYSTERY FAMILY

1960s & '70s

Robert Ross

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Logline

A young boy named Toby is perplexed with the question: How does Santa get into houses on Christmas Eve? Luckily! He stumbles upon a shape-shifting artifact while playing football with his friends. His quest to find out more about his discovery ends up taking him on an adventure of a lifetime.

Genre

Action,Adventure,Children's,Other,Mystery,Family

Short Summary

As Santa and his sleigh are getting ready to vanish into the snowy moonlit sky the unthinkable happens. The key that unlocks all of the houses on Christmas Eve falls through his pocket. The ancient object lay barren on the ground until one fall day when a young boy discovers the object.


Upon discovering what he had, Toby decides to return Santa's key back to him. His course of action would lead him and his sister Lila on an adventure that includes sneaking out of their house, stealing a hot air balloon, dodging a winter blizzard, and surviving a glacier scare.

Setting

In the Midwest during the holiday season of the late 1970s

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Toby

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Selfless,Leader,Heroic,Desperate,Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Lila

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Outspoken,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Lila

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Outspoken,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Lila

Age: 9

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Lone Wolf,Underdog,Aggressive,Charming

Development Pitch

When is the last time you've seen a really good Christmas movie? It's been years. The Polar Express maybe? What about one that answers the question, "How does Santa get into all of the houses on Christmas Eve." The Key to Christmas has all of the elements to be a very successful movie that families would watch again and again every Christmas. I believe this Christmas book stands above others of its kind because it's a time period Christmas book that people can easily relate to. For example, the story takes place in the late 1970s where people, when people were driving wood-paneled station wagons and families tripped over phone cords. There were houses with lava lamps and living rooms filled with giant picture tube T.V.s. The book displays an incredible sense of marketability. The N.F.L. might want to get involved in marketing kids' N.F.L. jackets again? I think this would make a great movie because it could combine the animation of The Polar Express with the acting adaptation of A Christmas Story. So it would be a challenge for both the animation studio and the actors. An interesting fact about the book. I wrote the story placed on a bet. I was presented with the challenge of writing a Christmas book that was better than any of the current Christmas books that were on the market. I've received numerous comments and replies from readers about how much the book reminded them of the Polar Express or A Christmas Story and what a fun read it is.

About The Author

"Built to try and outdo others, Robert wrote the Key to Christmas based on a bet. Unwilling to write about the typical Christmas story that centers around Santa, Robert instead wrote about his favorite holiday memories of the late 1970s and merged it with the feel of the Polar Express and A Christmas Story. Watch out! The former teacher of the year has been challenged again with the task of writing a historical fiction series. His new book entitled, "Donnie's Plan," should only be read if you are interested in a lottery win, tornadoes, the Nazi's, and someone who has set their sites upon stopping a human trafficking ring and reforming all of society. rrosshedges@gmail.com

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,7-12,35-54,55+,18-34

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Robert Ross

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9780692115787

Genre

COMEDY, SUSPENSE, FANTASY

Brief

A young boy discovers a magic key. It is literally the "Key To Christmas" - the special key Santa uses to enter homes and apartments. The boy must discover the key's true meaning and get it back to Santa in time for Christmas.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: EXCELLENT

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the profile depicts the book properly.

Draw of Story

The idea of the magic key lured me in.

Possible Drawbacks

No - it was a very easy and fast read.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Can a young boy return the key to Santa's Christmas magic in time to save Christmas?

Fanbase Potential

Yes - if done right this has the potential to become a holiday favorite.

Awards Potential

Not that kind of film

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE SANTA CLAUSE, THE FAMILY GUY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

What’s New About the Story

The idea that Santa needs a key to enter people's homes is a fresh take on the mythology of Christmas eve. Maybe it could use a "useful villain" to give the story more suspense

Lead Characters

They are young and innocent.

Uniqueness of Story

I think this really could have the potential to be a holiday staple.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation

RECOMMEND

Justification

With a tiny bit more action and maybe a minor villain, this could be a holiday classic. It also hold potential as a once a year recurring network holiday special.