31 Days of Christmas Movies Marathon: Day 21 – Christmas Is Here Again

Welcome to my 31 Days of Christmas movie marathon.  This is a feature where I watch a different Christmas movie every day from now until Christmas.  The rules are simple: The movie has to be something I haven’t already seen and I must watch at least one Christmas-themed movie a day from now until December 25th.  They’ll be some bad ones and hopefully a lot of great ones.  Why put myself through this?  Because it’s a good way to catch up on a lot of Christmas movies and a good way to satisfy my OCD.

On the 21st day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Christmas Is Here Again

Can a movie, animated or not, bank most of its laughs on the usage of only two words?  Two words, that when put together will always be funny, especially in a kids movie – “Santa’s sack”.  Does having Jay Leno narrate a movie distract from the story and call attention to his high-pitched lisping?  Can a  straight-to-DVD animated kids movie that most people have never heard of before, one which is rated a 5.4 on IMDB and certified rotten on rottentomatoes.com, be any good at all, yet alone not seem like a waste of time?  And most importantly is it true that Andy Griffith is really still alive?  The answers to all these questions is a resounding yes!

Judging from the cover alone, I was somewhat hesitant to follow through on my rental choice, but being that I seem to be skimming the bottom of the barrel as far as watching Christmas movies I haven’t seen yet is concerned, I figured, what the heck.  I had no idea I was about to watch a movie centered around Santa’s sack, and the many people who will stop at nothing to get it.  Everyone wants Santa’s sack.  Yeah, I find the use of double entendres surrounding the jolly man’s sack to be funny.  So what?  I also find it interesting that while most Christmas films try to bring out the inner child in us all that this one brought out my juvenile and immature inner child, the same inner child that still finds fart and poop jokes funny.

But seriously, okay, slightly seriously, how can I not nearly double over in laughter when learning that Santa’s sack possesses magical powers because it’s made from the same cloth that was used to swaddle baby Jesus in?  Now that’s just funny, wrong, and hilarious.

The likable aspects of this movie by far overpowered any of the movies many flaws; the animation was similar to that of the wonderful cartoon, Power Puff Girls, which eclipsed any of the actors irritating voices, especially Dart, the annoying reindeer.   The songs were short enough to sit through that I didn’t mind how bad some of them were.  And the twist on the whole “Christmas-is-gone-let’s-get-it-back” story line was clever enough to hold my attention throughout, despite the tired state I was in while watching this.  Come to think of it, that tired state might have played a large role in just how funny Santa’s sack actually was.

I’m quite sure that I wasn’t supposed to learn anything from this movie, yet I did anyway.  I learned that sometimes wandering over to the Christmas section of your local video/DVD store (Le Video) and grabbing a movie at random could be a rewarding experience.  I also learned how funny Santa’s magical sack can be when I’m sleepy.


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