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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Santa origin story is a sweet reminder of generosity.

Movie PG 2019 98 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 41 parent reviews

age 10+

40 minutes of sarcasm & horror then Okay. not for little kids

My 7yo Watched this based on the commonsense rating of 6 . Horrible. the art is nice but this is not appropriate for young kids. Theres nothing for kids to relate to for the first 30 minutes it is stressful sarcastic violent and boring. I cannot fathom why anyone would feed this to a 6 year old.
age 6+

An ABSOLUTE Christmas Must-See

An excellent family movie that is full of great characters, a powerful message, and doesn't spoil the magic of Santa. Has become the favorite go-to Christmas movie in our house!

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Kids say (29 ):

This holiday movie with roots in friendship, bridge-building, and the dying art of letter writing is sure to entertain and amuse thanks to its impressive animation and expressive voice cast. Klaus's take on the Santa origin story is unique and a little loopy, but as Jesper and Klaus collaborate to bring toys to the children of Smeerensburg, the movie manages to explain all of the key points of the Santa legend (the reindeer, the sled, the chimney, the big bag of toys, even the bright red outfit). The snowy landscapes are gorgeously animated -- swirling shades of white, blue, brown, and red -- while the characters are crisp and expressive. On one side, there's the perpetually scowling matriarch of the Krum family (Joan Cusack), and on the other, there's the adorable Sámi girl who ends up enlisting her entire tribe to assist Jesper and Klaus in his workshop.

The initial premise -- that Jesper just wants the kids' postage-paid letters and the return toys delivered so that he can get out of Smeerensburg -- isn't nearly as important as the ensuing friendships between both Jesper and Klaus and Jesper and Alva, who's finally able to go back to teaching once the kids realize they need to learn to write to send Klaus letters. Jesper's character development is crucial in recognizing the story's holiday spirit. Giving to the kids isn't a means to an end at all. The giving is what brings meaning to Klaus, to him, and eventually to the entire town. Sweeter and more thoughtful than it needed to be, this is a fine holiday pick for the family.

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