The Christmas Bunny is the story of a Michigan family, facing tough economic times, who take in a withdrawn foster child, Julia (Sophie Bolen). Convinced she's unlovable, Julia dreams of ... See full summary »
Scrooge is mean old miser who wants nothing to do with Christmas. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future appear to Scrooge, taking him on a journey into the very spirit and magic of Christmas itself.
Adapted from the book by Charles Tazewell. Michael, a shepherd boy living in Biblical times, finds himself transported to Heaven on his eighth birthday. Michael doesn't fully understand where he is, or why he's there. A guardian angel named Patience is given the task of showing Michael the joys of Heaven and helping him find his place in the Hereafter.Written by
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My family and I watched this last Christmas. My wife found the DVD in a cut-out bin and bought it, vaguely recalling the movie from her childhood. Our mouths were hanging open through most of the show. We couldn't believe what we were seeing. Fred Gwynne, one of the finest actors of his generation, attempted to bring a sense of dignity to his bumbling angel. But he had so little to work with. The script was pretty weak and somewhat disturbing. And although I appreciate the pioneering video work that was attempted, the film is a visual mess.
The one saving grace of this production is the hauntingly beautiful ballad that Gwynne sings, Once Upon Another Time. That one song makes the movie worth tracking down. And Tony Randall has a lot of fun with his amusing number, "You're not real." Those were two oases in this otherwise difficult-to-watch production.
Lan O'Kun, the songwriter, showed a lot of promise with some decent songs. There was also a heavyweight cast. But the "book" and the direction were too weak to carry the rest of the show. Perhaps if the musical had been done once upon another time....
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