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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main character embodies a deplorable combination of greed, meanness, and commercialism, but he gets his comeuppance. One character speaks in an exaggerated Mexican accent, which some may find offensive. A sweet father-daughter relationship is depicted, and love and family are emphasized as the true meanings of Christmas.
Violence & Scariness
The over-the-top cartoon violence hardly lets up, but no one is ever hurt for long. The main character subjects his employees to physical abuse and is himself shot, electrocuted, slapped, de-beaked, and beaten down by a candy-cane wielding granny, to name just a few incidents.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A skunk and a cat flirt and kiss under the mistletoe.
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Products & Purchases
The idea of holiday commercialism is presented negatively. The characters work at the Lucky Duck Superstore, which is open almost 'round the clock to compel shoppers to spend, spend, spend for Christmas.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is an updated Christmas Carol story for the younger set. It's full of exaggerated cartoon violence, but in the end it presents a positive message about the true meaning of Christmas. Commercialism, greed, and selfishness are all presented in a negative light. A child in an orphanage waiting for adoption is rejected and has to spend the holiday alone; other characters decide that Scrooge hates Christmas because he doesn't have a family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie includes so much fast-paced cartoon violence that its message of love and family feels a bit incongruous. It seems like almost every scene involves a character being hit, flipped, shot, or boomeranged in some fashion, but no one is ever hurt for more than a frame or two.
Kids older than 9 might find the movie's theme a bit too obvious to interest them. But it's still a reminder that Christmas isn't supposed to be about commercialism.
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