The Christmas Tree (1991)

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Heartless Mrs. Mavilda runs an orphanage where kids live in miserable conditions because she keeps all of the donation money for herself. She hires a new assistant who, along with Santa, helps children finally have a merry Christmas.


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Cast overview:
William Griffin ...
Narrator / Buzz / Santa (voice)
Elly Drygas ...
Lily (voice)
Ayal Kleinman ...
Pappy (voice)
Karen Drygas ...
Judy (voice)
Paul Whyte ...
Ray / Mayor (voice)
Helen Quinn ...
Mrs. Mavilda (voice)
Maya Melczer ...
Louie (voice)
Maki Becker ...
Sarah / Jeff / Helen (voice)
Michele Becker ...
Maria (voice)
Leana Kleinman ...
Bob (voice)


Heartless Mrs. Mavilda runs an orphanage where kids live in miserable conditions because she keeps all of the donation money for herself. She hires a new assistant who, along with Santa, helps children finally have a merry Christmas.

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At first, this Christmas special was obscure. It's ranked as #12 in Familiar Faces: Familiar Faces #72: The Next 12 Forgotten Christmas Specials (2013), which is on the website That Guy with the Glasses (now Channel Awesome). The special gained attention after, on the same website, it was reviewed in Nostalgia Critic: The Worst Christmas Special Ever! (2013). See more »


Mrs. Mavilda calls her henchman and asks if he still has "that electric chainsaw," however, the chainsaw he uses is gas-powered. See more »

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Quite possibly the Disaster Movie of animated Christmas specials
28 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With the right execution, a combination of an animation based around Christmas could have worked out well. Unfortunately with The Christmas Tree, the execution was just wrong and it didn't work out at all. The animation is, like the three terrible animated Titanic movies, terribly static, the character designs will leave kids traumatised, there is no fluidity(and little movement, for that matter), it looks very sparse and the colours are completely flat. The synthesised music is just as creepy as the character designs, has no warmth to it and for personal tastes doesn't fit at all. The dialogue is very corny and tired, further disadvantaged by the sloppy lip-synching(find a moment where the dialogue actually matches the lip movements actually). Every bit as bad is the voice acting, which is just as bad as the voice acting for the Video Brinquedo animations, which has some of the worst voice acting in all mankind. Monotone, garbled and wooden has been described, and those three words sum the voice acting up brilliantly, if there has been worse voice acting for children in any animation(film, show or special) I've yet to hear it. You don't identify with the characters one bit, they have dull or obnoxious personalities and how they're animated and voice further accentuate that, the titular character is almost completely sidelined. And the story screams of laziness, mean-spirited instead of heart-warming, dull instead of thrilling and full of padding that has no relevance whatsoever to what's happening in the first place. Admittedly the idea wasn't a particularly great or original one to begin with, but if The Christmas Tree was watchable at least that wouldn't have mattered. So in conclusion, as bad as has been said, even worse than Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, Legend of Frosty the Snowman, Star Wars Holiday Special and Frosty Returns(Night B4 Christmas I remember hating as well). A disgrace to animation and you won't feel festive watching it. 1/10 Bethany Cox

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