The Christmas Chronicles is a Netflix original 2018 Christmas film that tells the story of two kids named Kate (played by Darby Camp) and her brother Teddy Pierce (played by Judah Lewis) that whose plans to catch Santa Claus (played by Kurt Russell) that turns into on a unexpected journey that no kid has been before. Upon sneaking into Santa's Sleigh and crashing it and derailing Christmas. It is up to Teddy, Kate, Santa, and his elves to save Christmas. The film is directed by Clay Kaytis from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman. The film was released on November 22nd, 2018.
The film's sequel, The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two premiered on Netflix on November 18th, 2020 with the original cast reprising their roles.
History with the Macy's Parade
As means of promotion for their new Christmas film on Netflix, a new group of novelty balloons was introduced to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2018, featuring four separate balloons of Santa’s most trusted elves. Fleck, a pint-sized toy-making powerhouse, is seen carrying Santa’s Bag Tracker, and Bjorn is seen showcasing his love of candy canes, while troublemaker JoJo delivers letters to Santa, and Hugg can carve the right toy with the right tool, that being his trusty chainsaw.
The balloons took their first-ever flight on Halloween 2018 at Steven's Institute of Technology, alongside the newly-made Nutcracker balloon. They were flown in public for the first three days at BalloonFest 2018. However, the balloons were unable to complete their test flights due to high winds and were deflated shortly after the event had started. Hugg was noticeably absent during both flights, as the balloon had yet to be completed.
During their 2018 appearance, Hugg's left ear was left uninflated by the inflation crew. These balloons were briefly retired after the 2018 Macy’s Parade.
The quartet of Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg returned to the reimagined 2020 Parade. The balloon were originally planned to make live appearances, however rising COVID-19 cases in New York City throughout November 2020 caused many balloons to be pulled from making a live appearance; with Hugg, Bjorn, Jojo and Fleck included.
The balloons appeared via videotape from their previous Parade appearance in 2018, and were then permanently retired from the Parade's line of march.