A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The special is intended to entertain rather than educate.
The story underscores the value of every job, regardless of prestige, and reminds kids that everyone has unique talents to contribute. Wayne's rebound from disappointment also touches on feel-good themes like perseverance and self-esteem.
Positive Role Models
Wayne is bitter over losing out on a job promotion and allows his feelings to affect his work performance, which threatens Santa's mission. But once he sees the impact his actions have, he goes above and beyond the call of duty to set things right, and Santa is understanding and forgiving of his misstep.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
One brief reference to a relationship between two elves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this delightful holiday tale blends a unique story with clever humor and kid-friendly content, making it an excellent choice for the entire family. There's very little in the way of iffy stuff, the imaginative concept of elves preparing homes for Santa's arrival will have give kids lots to ponder as Christmas nears, and there are plenty of adult-geared references to keep parents chuckling. In typical Disney fashion, all of this entertaining content is wrapped up in positive messages about perseverance, unselfishness, and self-worth. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Just when you thought every avenue had been explored in the world of Christmas stories, along comes a story that will captivate you with its unique spin on a tiny facet of the magical holiday. This sugarplum of a tale will delight any kids who've fretted over the contingencies of Santa's visit -- how does Santa land safely on my roof? what if my dog barks at him? how can he be sure I'll be asleep when he comes? -- and reassure them that the North Pole team is a step ahead of every conceivable mishap.
Disney is well known for designing entertainment for both kids and parents, and this cute Christmas tale is no exception. Adults will pick up on the minor details that escape kids' attention (tie-ins to spy and action movies and a wealth of clever, high-tech gadgets) and will sympathize with Wayne's frustration over being slighted on the job and stuck with an overzealous coworker. But in the end, holiday spirit conquers all, tying in happy messages about unselfishness and compassion. Need another reason to like it? The special isn't tied to a merchandise line (at least, not yet...), so there's no fear of it prompting the "gimmes" from your kids.
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