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Parents' Guide to

A Miser Brothers' Christmas

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

A+ animation will suck kids into so-so story.

Movie NR 2008 45 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 2+

The best christmas movie out there

i love this movie. barely any violence. i never got scared when i was little and watched this.
age 3+

Forgettable but not bad nessararily...

It's forgettable but at least they brought back as many of the original voice talent as they could. It's Mickey Rooney's last time playing Santa so it's worth a watch if you are a fan of him or stop motion.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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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