A Festive Treat the Whole Family Will Enjoy!
Also Available Individually on DVD, Digital HD and On Now!
"Tis the season to bring home some holiday cheer with Santa’s Apprentice and The Magic Snowflake arriving as a special DVD double feature, as well as individually on DVD, as of yesterday, November 1, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. Both family-friendly animated tales will also be available individually on Digital HD and On Demand. Based on the animated television series “SantApprentice,” the perfect gift for anybody naughty or nice comes with jolly goodies including 16 winter themed decals to help spread the joy!
In Santa’s Apprentice, starring Julie Gayet (My Best Friend, Select Hotel), Jean-Pierre Marielle (The Da Vinci Code), Max Cullen (The Great Gatsby, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Australia), Gabe Eggerling (The Kicks, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”), Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan and have a pure heart. On the other side of the planet, there is a little boy who is a perfect match, but his lack of self confidence and fear of heights make him a poor contestant. Will Santa agree to step down, and help his apprentice take his place?
In the sequel to Santa’s Apprentice, The Magic Snowflake, starring Vincent Grass (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Ernest & Celestine), Nathan Simony (Santa’s Apprentice, “Merlin”), the new Santa is a seven year-old boy. As Nicholas contracts the illness of those who want to grow up too fast: Grown-up-allosis, The Council of Retired Santas is forced to relieve him of his duties and appoint an experienced Santa who will be able to manage the delivery in time. To get his job back, Nicholas must regain the innocence, freshness and carefree attitude of his childhood"
I was going to hold off and watch this movie with the girls tonight, but as soon as they saw the DVD arrive in the mail today, they kept asking to watch it. This, after, we started the morning with listening to Christmas songs. I guess now that Halloween is over, it is time to start getting into the holiday spirit. :-)
So, after lunch, we snuggled up on the couch with popcorn to settle in and watch this holiday double feature. A few years ago, I heard about these movies, which were originally released in French. But, we had never seen the movies until today. I am so happy we watched these two movies, as they have become an instant holiday favorite in our house, and two movies we will be watching year after year, as we gear up for the holidays.
My girls got a little nervous when they started to watch The Magic Snowflake and saw Nicholas contract Grown-up-allosis, an illness of those who want to grow up too fast. I saw the girls look at one another, and they both turned to me to ask if this was a true illness. Even though my girls are only 5 and 6, they make comments about wanting to be grown ups so they can have their own house -- mainly Savannah as she wants a cat, which Bella is allergic to, and we tell her she has to wait until she is grown up and has a house of her own. Even though I told my girls that this was a made up illness, they talked amongst themselves after the movie and agreed not to wish they were grown up just yet -- they liked being kids. :-)
Children both young and old, as well as adults, will enjoy these two holiday. The story lines are easy to understand and follow. And, while the animation is not jump out at you wow, is the innocence and spirit of the holiday and the stories themselves that will win over your family's heart.
I highly recommend these two movies. And, with the DVD Double Feature option, you can't get wrong picking up this new release and getting 2 movies for the price of 1.
Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.