A Miser Brothers' Christmas

Movie review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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A+ animation will suck kids into so-so story.
  • NR
  • 2008
  • 45 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

While some characters do bad things, they're punished accordingly. There are also several positive role models -- including a female elf who's a mechanical whiz. The overall message is that putting aside your differences to work together is better than fighting and that selfishness never pays.

Violence & scariness

Characters throw fire balls and lightning bolts at each other in some scenes, but no one is seriously hurt. A few characters are also a little scary looking, and there's some minor pushing and squabbling among siblings who don't get along. Another character tries to cause Santa bodily harm by sabotaging his sleigh.

Sexy stuff

Some mild name-calling, like "blizzard brain," "hothead," and "inferno face."


The story takes place at Christmastime, and Santa's workshop is in full swing making toys. But kids won't see any brand names -- or expensive gadgets -- among all the packages.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though this colorful holiday special is suitable for kids of all ages, some very young viewers may find the main characters a little scary. There are also extended scenes of cartoon violence in which characters throw fire balls and lightning bolts at each other and call each other names. The good news is that everyone is reprimanded in the end for their bad behavior, and no one is seriously injured. In the end, the message is that it's better to work together than fight.

User Reviews

Adult Written byLowe's man December 19, 2014

Not terrific, but better than you say it is.

Pardon me if I don't remember the plot perfectly, but let me say what I remember. The fighting between the Miser Brothers is nothing more than normal sibl... Continue reading
Adult Written byAVAMALIA December 3, 2015

The best christmas movie out there

i love this movie. barely any violence. i never got scared when i was little and watched this.
Teen, 16 years old Written byiLOVEflapjack December 10, 2008

I'm Mister Heat Miser

Teen, 13 years old Written byNintendo_DSiXL November 26, 2009
Love this Holiday movie, One of the best!

What's the story?

With Christmas fast approaching, Santa (voiced by Mickey Rooney) and his elves are working overtime to prepare for the big day. But the spirit of the season hasn't helped the warring Miser brothers -- hot-headed Heat Miser (George S. Irving) and cold-hearted Snow Miser (Juan Chioran) -- get along any better. Things only get worse when the Miser brothers' megalomaniacal sibling, the North Wind, sets his sights on bringing down Santa so that he can take over the job and get all the glory. Now that Santa's out of commission, can the Miser brothers set aside their differences and save Christmas?

Is it any good?

Although it was inspired by the 1974 Rankin-Bass holiday special The Year Without Santa Claus, A MISER BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS is unlikely to become a Christmas classic that stands the test of time. The award-winning animation is stellar, to be sure. But the story loses major points for a convoluted plot involving Mother Nature, a failed assassination attempt, and mostly lackluster characters who fail to capture our hearts. The North Wind -- a devilish blend of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast and Stephen Colbert -- is a notable exception. Without him, A Miser Brothers' Christmas would be utterly skippable.

The odd thing is that, even though they're central to the plot, the Miser brothers and their petty rivalry get pretty old, pretty fast. (And if kids haven't seen The Year Without Santa Claus, they probably won't even know who the Miser brothers are, making them even less likely to care about what happens to them.) When it comes to holiday programming, A Miser Brothers' Christmas will do in a pinch. But it doesn't measure up to the classic Christmas fare it pays homage to.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the repercussions of sibling rivalry and how fighting can cause problems for everyone -- not just the brothers or sisters involved in the dispute. Kids: Have you ever fought with someone close to you over something you just couldn't agree on? Why? Did you end up saying or doing things that you wish you hadn't? Were you able to come to an agreement in the end? Parents who've seen the classic holiday special upon which this story is based (The Year Without a Santa Claus) can also share their memories of the story and its characters.

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