Mumfie's White Christmas
By Tracy Moore,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Wholesome holiday tale perfect for first few Christmases.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Viewers get some exposure to Christmas rituals, such as anticipating and hoping for snow, hearing the story of Santa and his reindeer, and hanging lights and decorations.
Mumfie's White Christmas offers positive messages about being treated with respect, being helpful, being a good friend, nurturing sick friends, and being an oddball.
Positive Role Models
Characters are largely good-hearted, kind, helpful, and unique.
Violence & Scariness
Very low peril and no violence. A bird is injured and nursed while sick but survives.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mumfie's White Christmas is a short animated film about Mumfie the Elephant's wish for a snowy holiday. Mumfie rescues an injured bird, but that mild event is the only peril in this wholesome adventure fit for any young kids who celebrate or are learning about Christmas.
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What's the Story?
Mumfie and friends are hoping for a white Christmas, but, when it appears snow might not be headed their way, they set off on an adventure to the North Pole to find it. Along the way, they run into Pinkey, Whale, and the Admirals, as well as one of Santa's loneliest reindeer, who offers an unexpected way back home.
Is It Any Good?
MUMFIE'S WHITE CHRISTMAS is a bit dated, and, just as in Mumfie's Quest, there are some entertaining musical numbers and side plots that don't always make complete sense. But here is a short, low-peril holiday tale about the discovery of Christmas, anticipation of snow, hanging decorations, parties with friends, and helping each other along the way. It's chock-full of positive messages that offer positive upsides to unwelcome feelings (such as being an oddball, feeling left out, or making heat when the rest of the world around you is cold, as sung by the Eels in the story). Overall the tale focuses on respect, having a strong moral compass, and enjoying friendship. Excellent entertainment for young kids new to celebrating Christmas.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about holiday rituals. What does your family do to celebrate? Does it snow on Christmas where you live?
When Mumfie tries to plan a party and something goes wrong, does he give up or find a new way to bring the snow to Christmas? What do you do when you feel like giving up on a project?
When Scarecrow realizes they might not have the Christmas they want, he sings a song about the good side of being unique. How are you different from everyone else? Do you like being different? What would it be like if we were all the same?
- On DVD or streaming: November 12, 2013
- Director: Britt Allcraft
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Music and Sing-Along, Ocean Creatures
- Run time: 22 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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