The children at the orphanage are thrilled to wake up and find plenty of new toys on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, all of them break or fall apart within a few seconds. Prof. Grampy, the inventor, passes by in his motorized sled and hears the wailing of the disappointed orphans, which brings him to the door to investigate. When he learns what is wrong, he puts on his thinking cap and quickly comes up with a plan to make everything all right. He sneaks into the kitchen through the window, takes out every pot, pan, plate, spoon, etc., and builds better toys than the kids could have dreamed of. Written by
I love Grampy. He was an occasional guest in some of Betty Boop's cartoons and almost all of them were exceptional due to Grampy's wackiness. Here in "Christmas Comes But Once a Year", however, Grampy gets a chance to appear on his own--his one and only chance. And, in another case of an only chance, it's the only chance to see Grampy in color.
The cartoon begins at an orphanage at Christmas. While the kids DID get toys, they all sucked--and seemed like 3rd rate cast-offs. Soon all the toys are broken and the kids are miserable. Fortunately, Grampy is passing by and sees their plight. Using his old thinking cap, he comes up with some ways to make a Christmas for the tykes without spending money. And, not surprisingly, Grampy saves the holiday.
While this film is clever and does features not only Grampy but some AMAZING 3-D graphics, it is also amazingly cute and has no real edge at all---just lots of schmaltz. Because of this, it is watchable but could have been a lot better.
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