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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Promotes positivity, faith, and hope, not just at Christmas time. Children's laughter and love are an essential element in Santa's journey; their laughter and song light Santa's way. Santa acknowledges that he can't grant every wish; some are not tangible (peace, miracles), but kids still need to have hope and faith.
Positive Role Models
Everyone works together to make Christmas happen. Santa and Mrs. Claus are wise, hardworking, optimistic, and caring. Female reporter is competent, determined, and cheerful. No villains. Diverse ethnic groups among the elves at the North Pole.
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A child reads the book upon which the movie is based, Elf Pets: An Arctic Tradition.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Elf Pets: A Fox Cub's Tale, adapted from writer-director Chanda Bell's book Elf Pets: an Arctic Fox Tradition, follows both The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story and Elf Pets: Santa's St. Bernards Save Christmas, all family-friendly holiday films that bring original music and positive messages to young audiences. In this very short movie (28 minutes) Santa's Christmas Eve journey takes center stage along with an Arctic fox who helps light the sleigh's way and a boy who waits for his mom to come home from the military in time for Christmas. While the messages in the movie are about the power of "hope" and "faith," there's no religious content. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Endearing characters, buoyant animation, joyous original tunes, and a simple plot that delivers messages about hope and faith should please families who like their holiday movies short and sweet. Even the songs have been designed to hold young attention spans; they're just long enough. Plus, the choreography is wonderful. (Yes, of course the dances are performed by animated elves and foxes, but does that matter?) It might be said that Elf Pets: A Fox Cub's Tale's repeated notion about the power of positivity may be overstated, but in this case it's a good thing. Little ones will be smiling all the way through.
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