The Light Before Christmas
- TV Movie
The Candleman teaches Katie and Makean that Christmas is more than just presents.The Candleman teaches Katie and Makean that Christmas is more than just presents.The Candleman teaches Katie and Makean that Christmas is more than just presents.
- (as Ruby Chase O'Neil)
Christopher Robin Miller
- The Candleman
A wonderful and delightful animated Christmas special!
This is now my 2nd favorite animated Christmas special - behind Charlie Brown Christmas. I don't know how this one flew under my "Christmas" movie radar for so many years - it is simply magical! The attention to detail of the sets is incredible - unsurpassed by ANY stop-motion film I've ever seen! It must have taken quite some time to create the miniature sets! If there were no sound, you'd still be smitten! I love what they did with the traditional "Night Before Christmas" and the addition towards the end to give it a spiritual flavor. Not over-the-top or in your face, but like Charlie Brown's Christmas; just right! Someone commented that the stop-motion wasn't all that great - well, maybe not on the order of Nightmare Before Christmas but certainly as good as any Rankin-Bass creation - IMO. See if you notice which traditional lines from the original text of Clement C. Moore's poem were omitted - and I think I agree with that removal. Lastly, I love what they do with the issue of fruitcakes as gifts (and I actually LIKE fruitcake!) If this doesn't become one of your new favorite holiday films - check to see if your heart has frozen!
- Dec 30, 2020
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