A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009)

Have you ever seen this version of Dickens’s classic tale? It is creepy! This was one of the first movies that explored the technology of animation from dots on the actors face. The actor’s act out the scenes while covered in suits and dots on their face that track and animate their movements into CGI. It is interesting to watch and see the results of this kind of animation, but this movie is a bit intense for the kids. I had nieces and nephews get scared while watching it. It is a good one to check out once and not a bad one to watch again, but we also think there are better versions of A Christmas Carol out there.



MY FRIENDS TIGGER AND POOH: SUPER SLEUTH CHRISTMAS (2007)

The super sleuth gang is back and this time they need to save Christmas! Now we love Winnie the Pooh and all his friends, but this movie was not good. It was predictable and boring and dumb. You mean to tell me there will be no Christmas because this baby reindeer, Holly, got lost looking for Santa’s magical sack that fell from his sleigh? Where is Santa and the other reindeer? Why aren’t they also looking for the sack? So the gang helps her find the sack but now need to help her get to the north pole. And everybody gets to go except Kanga. Why does Kanga always have to stay behind?!? Moms can go on adventures too! There are other Winnie the Pooh Christmas movies out there and you are better off watching them.



THE CHRISTMAS TREE (1996)

This man has one job: to find the perfect tree to place in Rockefeller Center for Christmas. He finds the perfect one on a plot of land that happens to be owned by the nuns and their commune. One nun in particular is extremely attached to the tree. It it has given her much protection and comfort throughout her life. She cares for and tends to it every day and it is pretty much her best friend. Will she give up her best friend to be the famous Christmas tree in New York City? Yep, that is what this movie is about. It was fine enough to watch once. The story was unique and different enough to keep us wondering what was going to happen. Kids would probably get pretty bored since it is an all talk type of movie.



LIFE-SIZE 2 (2018)

Now as girls who remember the first Life-Size coming out, and enjoy that flick, we were intrigued with the thought of a sequel. Where will the story go? What has become of Eve. Well…it’s best to stick with the original. The movie was way to predictable and tried too hard to be funny and fun and it just didn’t quite hit it. There were a couple of moments that made us laugh and reminded us of the original. If you are a fan of the original then check it out for fun but don’t expect too much. And no, Lindsay Lohan was not in this movie.



SANTA PAWS 2: THE SANTA PUPS (2012)

Santa’s dog, Paws, is now a dad. His four puppies each want their own magic crystal like their dad has. One pup decides to prove he is ready for his magic crystal by traveling to a Christmas loving town and start granting Christmas wishes with a crystal he stole. But all goes wrong when he accidentally grants a boys wish that the Christmas spirit would just disappear. Another cheesy movie that probably only young kids would like. There are better Christmas movies out there.



THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWS (2010)

Santa and his talking dog pal, Paws, travel to New York where Santa gets hit and suffers amnesia. He gets separated from Paws when Paws leaves to get help. Santa runs into a childless, but desperate to have a child, couple who needs to turn a profit at a recently acquired toy store. He begins to work there, as Santa, to help. Meanwhile Paws befriends an orphan girl. Oh how convenient. I wonder what will happen. Yeah the movie is pretty predictable, but it isn’t the worst. We’re sure young kids will like the movie and want to watch during the holiday season. But it isn’t one you have to see.



THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (2018)

While Clara is at a Christmas party, she discovers another world of nutcrackers and sugar plum fairies. This movie re-imagines the classic ballet in a new way. It wasn’t bad and I liked the “take charge” attitude that Clara eventually took on to save the day. But overall, it was just OK. There were a couple creepy moments that may scare the little kiddos, so watch out for that. But this movie is worth a view during the holiday season if you feel so inclined.



THE CHRISTMAS STAR (1986)

A man named Horace escapes from jail in a Santa suit and later hides out in an apartment building basement. A brother and sister find him and believe him to be the real Santa Clause. Playing off the mistaken identity, Horace persuades the kids along with their friends to help him in retrieving a load of money he has hidden. The kids willing oblige thinking they are helping Santa. The more time Horace spends with the kids and sees all their troubles, the more he learns the true meaning of Christmas. This movie just felt long and we got bored. The character arc of Horace didn’t fully connect for me either. I know they were trying to have him slowly over time learn to do the right thing. But it seemed more to me that one minute he didn’t care, then just did all of a sudden at a time that didn’t quite make sense. There are a lot better Christmas movies out there to bother yourself with this one.

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL (1992)

I must admit that I was a Muppet Christmas Carol virgin before this fateful night. Now that I have finally seen it, I am bummed so many Christmases have gone by without having watched this movie. It is, in true Muppet fashion, a hilarious and unique take on such a classic tale. It really is fun and I think will become a Christmas tradition. If you have never seen it and like the Muppets, then I definitely recommend checking this one out right away….when it’s Christmas…or before. Do what you want.