The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!

  • Review Date: October 13, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 48 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sweet, noncommercial holiday story best for young kids.
  • Review Date: October 13, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 48 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This film is intended to entertain, not educate, but kids will pick up plenty of positive messages.

Positive messages

Plenty of positive messages about friendship, sticking together, helping others, and the idea that home and family are with the people who love you.

Positive role models

The toys in Winkle's store work together and help each other during their difficult times of being unwanted during the Christmas holiday. Mr. Winkle is a kind and patient man who takes the toys in after they were rejected from the discount piles of the department stores.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

A mermaid toy wears a bikini top and is a tiny bit flirty.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tangerine Bear: Home for Christmas! is a cute Christmas story for younger children especially. It's sweet without being saccharine, and sidesteps much of the consumerism present in some other holiday movies. Based on a book, Tangerine Bear is a story kids and parents can enjoy together, and can spark discussions about the importance of feeling loved, wanted, and having a place to call home.

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What's the story?

A teddy bear (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is created in a factory with his mouth sewn upside down, so it looks like he is always frowning. When he is taken to Kroll's Department Store with all the other teddy bears for the Christmas season, he is the only teddy bear left on the shelves. Even in the discount bin, no one wants to buy him. He is then taken with the other unwanted merchandise to Winkle's Store, a tiny resale shop in a forgotten part of town, where he meets other unwanted toys, including a jack-in-the-box afraid of the dark (Howie Mandel) and a cuckoo clock suffering from agoraphobia (David Hyde Pierce). When the teddy bear's skin fades into a tangerine color from sun exposure, he is named Tangie. With the other toys in Winkle's Store, Tangie conspires to find a customer willing to take he and the other toys home in time for Christmas.

Is it any good?

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TANGERINE BEAR: HOME IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! is a cute and sweet Christmas story that also manages to not be too sentimental. It's a story best enjoyed by younger kids, but parents will also appreciate both the story and the overall message. It might be a little sad for kids (unwanted toys and all), but the idea of "happiness [having] no particular address" should resonate, especially for those who aren't exactly where they want to be at Christmas. 

Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas! is a wonderful adaptation of a popular Christmas book. It's creative and clever, the type of movie parents will feel good about letting their children watch more than once during the holidays.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Tangie, and the other toys who end up in Mr. Winkle's store. Why don't people want to buy them for Christmas?

  • How did Tangie's upside-down smile make him different? Is there anything about you or someone you know that is "different"? How do people treat those who are different and why?

  • What makes a family? What makes a home?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 1, 2000
Cast:Jenna Elfman, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Tom Bosley
Director:Bert Ring
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:48 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 27, 2012
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the tangerine bear home in time for christmas

Families can talk about Tangie, and the other toys who end up in Mr. Winkle's store. Why don't people want to buy them for Christmas? How did Tangie's upside-down smile make him different? Is there anything about you or someone you know that is "different"? How do people treat those who are different and why? What makes a family? What makes a home?
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byDominicboo1 December 31, 2012
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Smile and Enjoy.

I love this special. Tangie is a great role model for young children.Virgil the bulldog might scare young children at first, but later he turns out to be a lot nicer after Tangie, Jack, and Bird help him. This video shows that it's okay to be different, and that's what makes us special.
What other families should know
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Great role models

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