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Father Christmas on vacation and on the job.

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Dave Unwin

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

Star:

Mel Smith
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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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English

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24 December 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weihnachtsmann auf Reisen See more »

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When Father Christmas goes to the pub in Scotland, Jim and Hilda from When the Wind Blows (also a Raymond Briggs' graphic novel/animated film) can be seen amongst the pub-goers. See more »

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References When the Wind Blows (1986) See more »

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Another Blooming Christmas
Performed by Mel Smith
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One thing for definite- your Christmas is incomplete without this!
3 November 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I absolutely loved Father Christmas when I was a kid, and I still love it now. It is something I watch as a tradition every Christmas, along with the Snowman and the Tailor of Gloucester. I do not it is quite as good as the Snowman, which is for me a genuine Christmas treasure. And let me tell you, this is just superb. The animation is very fine, smooth and sophisticated-looking, and the music is beautiful. What I loved most though about Father Christmas was its humour. A vast majority of it is uproariously funny, namely anything Father Christmas says. Not only that, but kids and adults can understand it. Another winner was the portrayal of Father Christmas himself, voiced with real enthusiasm by comedian Mel Smith. While he is in some ways benevolent, Father Christmas is also gruff and rather humorous, particularly the use of "bloomin'" before every word or so he says. There are some truly memorable parts to this Christmas masterpiece, namely the Snowman party where the two main characters from the Snowman make an appearance, the running to and fro from the lavatory and when Father Christmas is delivering the presents. The parts where he is taking a vacation are pretty funny as well. The story is clever and original, and I think interesting as well. In short, Father Christmas is magical. If you love the Snowman, you will absolutely love this. It should be part of your Christmas tradition if not so already. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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