Its so typical of me to start Christmas marathon (finally!) with animation.
I have a whole rundown of movies and since I’m starting a week later, I’m trying my best to crank out what I can. My goal is to beat last year and thats not going to be too hard since I did 5 reviews. Pathetic, yes, I know! I won’t let that happen again this year 😉
I’m focusing on what I can find on Netflix so if it turns out to be weird movies, I apologize in advance.
SAINT NICHOLAS: A STORY OF JOYFUL GIVING! (2009)
Director: Brian Roberts
Laura the Carrot’s dad might lose his job for not completing his deliveries because of a breakdown that he can’t afford to pay for. Without the truck, he won’t even be able to get a Christmas tree to celebrate the holidays. Bob the Tomato tries to lighten the mood by telling the story of a little boy call Nicholas who lived in Greece and discovered the joy of giving in Bethlehem and comes home to Greece hoping to be able to continue what his parents did. It shows the story of how Saint Nicholas came to be while using it to reflect on the current situation with Laura the Carrot and the importance of joyful giving 😉
I’m personally not too familiar with Veggie Tales. I think the concept is cool but I’m not huge on the whole religious thing since I’m pretty much agnostic. However, I never shrug away any animation. Veggie Tales is very much for younger kids. Its very musical and adds a little cute jokes here and there. It uses vegetables and simple names to remember the characters. What works is that it really doesn’t matter what background you have, it shares good values to the younger generation and that works for me.
I fully acknowledged that it was geared for younger kids but it still has its fun moments. Plus, I’m not sure how accurate any of these stories are but if Saint Nicholas’s story comes from this, well, I’d say, I learned something new. There’s a good amount of fun to be had with this one 🙂
THE CAT IN THE HATE KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS (2012)
Director: Tony Collingwood, Steve Neilson
Cat hosts a Christmas Eve party and invites Sally and Nick along with Thing 1 and Thing 2 and all his friends. When the party ends, he drops them off at home, only to find that Ralph the young reindeer got off at Sally and Nick’s. Cat appears again to help take Ralph back home to Freeze Your Knees to be back in time for Christmas with his family. On the way, the Thingamajigger has a problem and they get stranded. Will they find a way to get everyone home in time for Christmas with their families?
I’m a HUGE Dr. Seuss fan. Like if I could live by Dr. Seuss, I would. I read his stories when I’m having a crappy day before bed and it makes me feel better. There is so much good about his stories. Only because of Netflix did I hear about this The Cat In the Hat Knows A Lot thing, so I gave the Christmas one a shot. I’m going to admit that it wasn’t quite what I expected but it wasn’t all that bad. A little long and its really only geared for kids but the colors and the animation are really nice to see, especially since its a step up from the old versions, right? This one takes the characters of The Cat in the Hat so it adds some fun.
If you have young kids, this one might be entertaining to watch. I mean, kids under 8 would probably be the demographic for this. Regardless, it also has a few lessons to be learned about friends and keeping promises. There’s something valuable to be taken away from this one (just like Veggie Tales).
Now that we have Christmas marathon finally started, I’m sure I’ll be able to catch up with a few other entries.
Any Dr. Seuss fans? How about Veggie Tales? Have you seen these before?