Christmas Is Here Again (2007)
Santa's Sac & Swaddling Cloth
Sophiana is an orphan who lives in a miserable orphanage where no one is truly happy until one day she went out walking and came across Paul Rocco one of Santa's helpers who she finds frozen in a block of ice. After rescuing him Rocco takes her to see Santa who tells her how many years earlier the evil Krad stole his sack and since then has been unable to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls. Determined to help Santa, Sophiana and Rocco along with a collection of animals who they meet along the way head to Krad's lair to get Santa his sack back.
If I was 6 years old and plonked down in front of "Christmas Is Here Again" it would keep me entertained for an hour and a bit. The simplistic, colourful animations work in a cute way with some well chosen actors to provide their voices be it Madison Davenport as Sophiana or Brad Garrett as Charlee the large polar bear. And the various songs full of rhyming lyrics would also amuse me especially with some simple but funny lines. Basically as a 6 year old I would love this "Christmas Is Here Again" and want to watch it again and again.
But I am not a 6 year old and as such am not who "Christmas Is Here Again" is intended for but let's be honest how many adults end up having to watch children's movies with their little darlings. As an adult "Christmas Is Here Again" is initially amusing but the enjoyment soon wears thin as the repetitive songs starts to grate on your nerves. And then there are the gems, ideas such as Santa's sack being made from the swaddling clothes of the baby Jesus, little kids may miss that one but is simply wrong on so many levels.
What this all boils down to is that as an adult "Christmas Is Here Again" is the sort of movie which is sort of fine to plonk young children in front of, ignoring the swaddling clothes bit, but you don't want to be in the same room watching it with them.
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