As if young Jake Spankenheimer doesn't have enough problems on christmas eve, he has to help his mom and dad prevent mean-spirited cousin Mel from taking ownership of the family store. When... See full summary »
This is a few steps above your average holiday special, and CBS has been running it seasonally for several years. The voices (Ed Asner, Betty White and Tim Curry) are all terrific, and special note should be paid to Toby Bluth's wonderful direction. Its charm recalls the classic holiday specials ("Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", "Frosty the Snowman", etc.), and the story is entertaining for adults and children alike. Songs are catchy and well-done without being maudlin, and the Busby Berkely-like musical numbers are fun to see. Watch it this year and prepare to shed a tear or two.
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