Alien Xmas

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Adorable family tale of Christmas spirit has mild scares.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 42 minutes

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids see that family and giving bring more joy than possessions and taking. Acts of kindness pay more emotional dividends than greed or crime. Engineering skills are also shown as useful. A deeper reading could suggest an environmental message in the alien creatures losing their green color by plundering their home planet.

Positive Messages

Kindness and generosity bring joy. Giving and receiving is better than taking. The Christmas spirit is about family, joy, togetherness, and appreciation for those we love. Gratitude is a positive value. Greed doesn't pay; kindness does. Pets inspire love.

Positive Role Models

Santa pushes his engineer, Obie, to work through Christmas Eve and later apologizes for pressuring him. Holly teaches X about the joy of family and love through her generosity and kindness, a lesson X passes on to Z, who was mean, greedy, and dangerous. Obie and his wife represent an interracial couple. The elves and creatures of Christmas Town work together to fight off alien invaders to save their community and Christmas.

Violence & Scariness

The alien leader Z is a little scary. She's described as mean and dangerous, and she teases X in front of all the aliens. Santa's super-sleigh invention malfunctions, throwing Santa across a room -- he's not harmed. Alien X stumbles into some tussles and falls before and after his landing on planet Earth. He "plays dead" when his robot SAMTU turns on him momentarily. When the aliens invade Christmas Town, they freeze people with laser guns, blast down doors, and crash and explode Santa's new super-sleigh. Their Gyrotron machine depletes gravity temporarily. X and the puppy are thrown from the sleigh and saved mid-air by a reindeer. The elves fight back with snowballs and wrapping-bow shooters. Santa turns a candy cane into a nunchuck-style weapon, which he doesn't have a chance to use. SAMTU grows tentacles to fight the aliens.

Sexy Stuff



The message of this movie is that giving is better than receiving. The Klepts are known for stealing and plundering. Their only emotion is greed, until the elves of Christmas Town show them that greed leaves you feeling empty. What fills the heart is love.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alien Xmas is a 42-minute stop-motion animated holiday tale for almost all ages. There are just a few potentially scary scenes involving aliens' invasion of the North Pole. A young Klept named X (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) is sent on a test run for plundering Earth. The leader who assigns him this evil mission, Z (Barbara Goodson), is mean, and X stumbles into some harmless trouble when he first arrives on Earth. But it isn't until the last 15 minutes that a full-on invasion leads to a battle between aliens and elves. The aliens have flying spaceships and laser guns that freeze people and shoot Santa's super-sleigh out of the air (the passengers escape unhurt). The elves fight back with snowballs and wrapping bow shooters, and Santa turns a candy cane into a nunchuck-style weapon that he doesn't get a chance to use. Ultimately, both X and Z are transformed from greedy to good thanks to selfless acts of love and generosity. The film also has Christmassy messages about kindness, giving, and gratitude.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 5-year-old Written byMamaQ December 11, 2020

Kids enjoyed it

2 and 5 year old both enjoyed it. Neither found any of it scary. Different from the usual Christmas movies.
Parent of a 6 and 8-year-old Written byDale Dietrich December 7, 2020

Both my 6 and 8 year old enjoyed it! So did I.

All of use enjoyed this movie. I don't think its a classic in the making, but was enjoyable by both kids and my wife and I. A slightly better than average... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byLoranikas303 August 30, 2021
Dame tu cosita, uh uh, dame tu cosita, ah. Ay! Dame tu cosita, uh uh, dame tu cosita, ah. Ay! Dame tu cosita, uh uh, dame tu cosita, ah. Ay! Dame tu cosita, uh... Continue reading
Kid, 5 years old March 26, 2021

What's the story?

In ALIEN XMAS, Santa (voiced by Keythe Farley) tells a group of kids a story of the time a race of kleptomaniac aliens hatched an evil plan to steal everything on Earth. The alien Klept leader, Z (Barbara Goodson), sends the smallest but sneakiest creature, X (Dee Bradley Baker), to test-run a new weapon that will eliminate gravity and allow them to plunder the earth. X lands with trusty robot SAMTU in the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But he's quickly found by Santa's engineer, Obie, and mistaken to be a newly manufactured toy. Working against the clock to fix Santa's new super-sleigh, Obie feels guilty because he's not home for the holiday and takes X home as a present for his daughter, Holly (Kaliayh Rhambo). Then something miraculous happens -- X witnesses the kindness, gratitude, and generosity of the earthly beings. When Holly gives him a puppy, X's cold heart melts. Now X must do what he can to protect the earth from the coming Klept invasion and make sure Santa can deliver toys to kids all over the world.

Is it any good?

The animation may be slicker and the alien characters less traditional, but Alien Xmas is at its heart an old-fashioned Christmas special that should delight kids of all ages. Running at a tight 42 minutes, the film is just the right length and pace to hold even the littlest of holiday viewers' attention spans. If the creators have erred, it's in the faster-paced action and fight scenes, which come toward the end and feel out of place compared with the bulk of the movie. This separation is acknowledged in a false ending that comes right before the alien invasion.

But overall, the film is sweet and fun. It's also quite funny at moments, like when Santa's reindeers boo his new super-sleigh invention (making Rudolph redundant) or when Santa pulls a nunchuck candy cane out of his red suit. What's more, the aliens, elves, and puppies are all adorable. When X melts and coos at his first encounter with love, he puts the X in Xmas.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animation used in Alien Xmas. Does it look like any other films you've watched? Which ones?

  • The Klepts lost their natural green color after plundering their planet. What messages do you read into this detail?

  • Did you see references to other films or characters in Alien Xmas? Which ones?

  • How do the characters display gratitude? How does gratitude contribute to one's happiness?

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