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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
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Some mild name-calling, like "blizzard brain," "hothead," and "inferno face."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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