Christmas Is Here Again

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgas..., Common Sense Media
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Orphan saves Christmas in so-so, sometimes-scary musical.
  • G
  • 2007
  • 73 minutes

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

You can do what you set your mind to doing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kind-hearted orphan Sophiana saves a struggling caterpillar. A helpful elf agrees to accompany Sophiana on her dangerous quest to find Santa's stolen sack. Sophiana has big dreams. Buster the fox betrays his friends, turning them over to Krad. Dart the reindeer believes in himself and tries hard to fly. Santa and Mrs. Claus are generous and loving.

Violence & Scariness

Krad is a scary-looking guy with a twig nose, yellow teeth, and a terrifying evil laugh. The good guys fall into Krad's deep, giant pit of jewels. Krad cruelly kicks his helpers. 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, Selves, 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. The orphans slingshot rocks at the Selves.

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Consumerism

Portrays Christmas as a holiday that would not exist if Santa were unable to give out gifts.

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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 ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between the animation in this movie and in a film with more realistic-looking movement, such as Madagascar or Frozen. Which do you prefer, and why?

  • 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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