This shot is during a musical interlude where Santa confidently tries to capture one of the many little aliens. Equipped with a butterfly net, he pops out of his hiding place prepared to capture. He quickly discovers that the little guys can be more of a hazard - and is forced to duck and jump a few. Santa ends up accidentally capturing one in his hat, and the shot ends with him peaking in.
This was one of the shots that proved more difficult to board in the beginning stages of the project. How Santa goes about capturing an alien wasn't completely clear to me at the start, and my initial boards were a little more direct, without all the fun action that the shot now contains. There is a lot of stuff taking place during this small chunk of time. All the rework this shot went through was well worth it because this is (in my opinion) one of the best shots in the whole short.
Today I'm about half way through the animation - probably through the weekend before this one is done.