Father Christmas on vacation and on the job.

Director:

Dave Unwin

Writers:

Raymond Briggs (books), Dianne Jackson (treatment) | 1 more credit »

Star:

Mel Smith
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Mel Smith ... Father Christmas (voice)
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After a hard night's work, Father Christmas decides to go on a "blooming vacation", builds his sledge into a caravan and holidays in France, Scotland and Las Vegas before coming home and settling down, with a bit of grumbling, to answer the mail, get the gifts ready, deliver them and get to the Snowmens' party on time--only he's forgotten something. Written by Kathy Li

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Father Christmas says "blooming" 75 times. See more »

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Featured in Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) See more »

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Poor Old Father Christmas
Written by Ian Llande
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It's another blooming Christmas
24 December 2009 | by freemantle_ukSee all my reviews

Watching Father Christmas is a tradition for my brother and I, we also watch it before Christmas Day, ever since we were young kids. It is a sweet natured cartoon based on a illustrated book by Raymond Briggs.

This version of Father Christmas lives in an English suburb, in a ordinary terrace house with his pet dog and cat, and of course his reindeers. He is kind hearted, but grumpy, who moans about the image his has. He has to focus on daily chorus that are related to Christmas. He decides to spend his time for once on holiday, going to France, Scotland and Las Vegas, before having to get everything ready for Christmas.

The animation is simple, and old fashioned and wonderful to watch. There is good designs and art direction throughout and the style is very close to the book. The plot is different to the traditional Father Christmas story where he is a not a jolly man living at the North Pole with a lot of elves, but a old man living a normal live, except on Christmas Eve. The story itself is simple and sweet natured, perfect for children, young and old. There is good comedy, some physical, but mostly based on Father Christmas' attitude and view of live. Mel Smith voice was perfect for this version of the legend.

One of the best Christmas based films.


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UK

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24 December 1991 (UK) See more »

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Der Weihnachtsmann auf Reisen See more »

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