Billy Ray Cyrus, Chevy-Chase, Freddie Prinze Jr., Morgan Simianer, Tim Johnson Jr., Michael Rappaport and Reginald VelJohnson join star-studded cast in first Build-A-Bear animated Christmas movie based on the best-selling holiday plush collection

ST. LOUIS, December 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Build-A-Bear Entertainment, a subsidiary of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), together with Foundation Media Partners, announces that Billy Ray Cyrus, Chevy-Chase, Freddie Prinze Jr., Michael Rappaport, Morgan Simianer (star of Netflix’s hit series “Cheer”), Tim Johnson Jr.and Reginald VelJohnson have been added to the cast of the Christmas animated feature GLISTEN AND THE JOYFUL MISSION. The film features a five-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Julia Michaelssix-time Grammy-winning legend Dionne Warwick and Trinity Jo-Li Bliss (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER). This anticipated film is the first animated Christmas feature film for Build-A-Bear based on the company’s multi-year best-selling holiday plush collection and is a partnership between Build-A-Bear Entertainment and Foundation Media. Partners, who are co-producing the film.

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GLISTEN AND THE JOYFUL MISSION follows a young elfling Marzipan (voiced by Bliss) and her mother Cinnameg (voiced by Michaels) as Marzipan must believe in the magic of the season as she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to rediscover the snow deer enchanted named Glisten and save Christmas. Their mission is aided by a colorful cadre of reindeer and elves, including the wise Sage Evergreen (voiced by Warwick).

Additional voice roles include Chevy-Chase as Santa Claus, Freddie Prinze Jr. as Crumble Starsnaps, the manager of Santa’s workshop, Morgan Simianer like Estrellastar the workshop elf, Tim Johnson Jr. like Egard the workshop elf, Michael Rappaport like GRIZZ, the village grizzly with a tough reputation, Billy Ray Cyrus as Donner the Reindeer and Reginald VelJohnson as Snowy Owl.

President and CEO of Build-A-Bear Sharon PriceJean will produce the film based on a story written by Ms John and the Managing Director of Foundation Media Patrick Hughes produce the film. The screenplay was written by Temple Mathews (“Mariah’s Once Upon a Christmas”) and Ms. John and will be directed, designed and animated by Ontariobased at Big Jump Entertainment with Big Jump’s Creative Director cory morisson direction. Michael Mariano (RAISING HOPE, LAST OG) and frequent collaborator Traci Burwitz will be the direct voice.

Chase is an iconic comedian and actor known for many comedic roles, including CADDYSHACK, FLETCH, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION, and NBC’s “Community.” He will then be seen in ZOMBIE TOWN.

Freddie Prinze Jr. is best known for his roles in SHE IS ALL THAT, SCOOBY-DOO, I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. He was most recently seen in CHRISTMAS WITH YOU, which was released nationwide in November.

Morgan Simianer is best known for her role in the Emmy-winning Netflix series “Cheer.”

Tim Johnson Jr. is best known for his roles in PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING, FIST FIGHT and roles in the series “Ballers”, “Future Man”, “FBI” and “Hit the Road”. He will then be seen as a regular in Disney’s “Saturdays” series.

Michael Rappaport is best known for his iconic roles in TRUE ROMANCE, ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING, LIFE & BETH and ATYPICAL. He was recently seen in CONFLICTED.

Billy Ray Cyrus enjoyed worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor, producer and philanthropist. Cyrus is a multi-GRAMMY® Award, Billboard Music Award, BET Hip Hop Award, MTV VMA Moonmen, Country Music Association Award, American Music Award, and Canadian Academy of Arts and Sciences Juno Award-winning artist. registration. Recently, Cyrus released his single “Time”, a duet with FIREROSE. Cyrus is also a successful actor with credits such as “Doc” and “Still The King”, as well as the hit Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana“, among many other film and television roles.

Reginald VelJohnson is best known for his roles in DIE HARD, DIE HARD 2 and the hit series “Family Matters”. He was also seen in GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS ALWAYS and the TV series TURNER & HOOCH.

Chase is replaced by APA and Link Entertainment. Prinze Jr. is replaced by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Simianer is replaced by CAA. Johnson Jr. is replaced by MMV and Foundation Media Partners. Rappaport is replaced by A3 Artists Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Cyrus is replaced by UTA, MicnE Productions and Adkins Entertainment. VelJohnson is replaced by David Chapira and Associates and the Beddingfield Company.

Build-A-Bear Entertainment, a division of Build-A-Bear Workshop, the IP-based company best known for its memorable and unique “Build-your-own” retail concept, has actively created a variety of content while cultivating the right relationship for her big screen debut. In addition to the upcoming project with Hello Sunshine, the company has produced several feature films in collaboration with Foundation Media Partners, including honey girls, Deliver before Christmas and Christmas CEO. Elsewhere, the long-awaited documentary by the award-winning director Taylor Mordenwhich chronicles the fascinating journey of Build-A-Bear’s rise from a retail entertainment start-up in 1997 to a successful multimillion-dollar public company, to its current evolution and digital transformation into a multigenerational, diverse and pervasive. channel organization which recorded its most profitable year in 2021, is currently in post-production.

Build-A-Bear is a global, multi-generational brand focused on its mission to “add a little more heart to life”, appealing to a wide range of consumer groups who value self-expression by creating their own “furry friends “to celebrate and commemorate life’s moments. Nearly 500 interactive brick-and-mortar outlets operated in a variety of formats provide customers of all ages with a hands-on entertainment experience, which often fosters a lasting and emotional brand connection. The company also offers engaging e-commerce/digital shopping experiences at, including its online “Bear-Builder”, “Bear Builder 3D Workshop” animation, and its ” Bear Builder” for adults. Plus, extending its brand power beyond retail, Build-A-Bear Entertainment, a subsidiary of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., is dedicated to creating engaging content for consumers. children and adults which fulfills the company’s mission, while the company also offers products in wholesale and in non-plush consumer categories through licensing agreements with major manufacturers. Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) reported total revenue of $411.5 million in fiscal 2021. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of

The Foundation’s clients and management team have produced a number of commercially successful and award-winning films for major studios and independent financiers. The Foundation’s roster includes films from some of the world’s most prolific filmmakers, cultivating some of today’s most dynamic and cutting-edge new voices. Recent titles include THE BAD GUYS, based on the bestselling book franchise from Aaron Blabey, which was released earlier this year by Dreamworks Animation and Universal Pictures; THELMA THE UNICORN, based on another bestselling book franchise from Blabey, is currently in PRODUCTION with the director Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) for Netflix; DELIVER BY CHRISTMAS, which was Build-A-Bear Entertainment’s first film with Hallmark released in fall 2020; and HONEY GIRLS, Build-A-Bear Entertainment’s feature debut for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, based on pop music trio Build-A-Bear Workshop and released in 2021.



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