I expect three things from a child's Christmas movie: good storyline, good message, and most importantly GREAT visuals. The storyline of Spirit:Christmas in New York was good and the actors voiced it sufficiently. The idea of embodying Christmas spirit in a little character was right on. The message was not crystal clear but even a younger child would, at least, understand the importance of finding a lost, cherished pet even if the spirit of Christmas was not understood. The visuals were awful. At times, I would describe some of the characters as revolting including a central character, the dog. It was almost unwatchable. Some of the characters were ethnic and revolting which would have lead to me questioning racism, but since it was revolting across the board I think it was just baaaad artwork. The artwork was so bad it was seriously distracting. This is another example of excellent conception but poor execution.
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