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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Christmas Is Here Again is a 2007 animated musical that recounts a fictional time when the evil Krad stole Santa Claus' magic toy sack, which brought the gift-giving holiday of Christmas to a halt for so many decades that hardly anyone remembered what Christmas was. Krad is a scary character with a piercing evil laugh. Cartoon characters encounter perilous situations: Sophiana and friends fall into Krad's red lava river and over a scary lava waterfall but are saved by a flying reindeer. Krad's evil helpers chase and capture Sophiana and friends. The good guys are threatened with imprisonment in Krad's dungeon as he promises there will never be another Christmas.
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What's the story?
Santa can't carry toys for the entire planet's children in just any old sack. His is magically able to hold all those toys because, according to this story, the sack is made from the baby Jesus' swaddling clothes. Its magical power makes Christmas gift-distribution possible. Nasty old Krad (Ed Asner) steals the sack and gleefully predicts there will never be another Christmas. Christmas ceases to exist until orphan Sophiana hears the story and decides to find the sack and save both Christmas and the depressed Santa Claus. The orphanage setting and occasional bursts of explanatory song make this tale vaguely reminiscent of Oliver!.
Is it any good?
Small children might like this holiday musical, but they may also lose patience at the 73-minute length. Andy Griffith makes an amusing Santa, and Jay Leno provides good narration, but the standout is Ed Asner as Krad, who delightfully sings a signature anthem, declaring himself "ee-ville," "foul," and "vile." Parts of the movie may be too creepy for sensitive kids, so if your child is nightmare-prone you may want to stick to gentler holiday tales.
Talk to your kids about ...
Do you think you can really be friends with a caterpillar, or is that just something that happens in movies?
When something scary happens in a movie, do you tell yourself it's only a movie and that no one is really going to get hurt? If that doesn't help, what can you do to feel better after seeing something frightening?
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