Santa de­serves bet­ter

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

‘ TIS the sea­son to quickly cash in on Christ­mas while the coast is rel­a­tively clear.

First out of the blocks is this cheap, cheer­ful and ut­terly for­get­table C- grade car­toon – par­tially pro­duced in Aus­tralia – about an or­phan kid cho­sen to be next in line when Santa fi­nally re­tires.

Pre- pri­mary school­ers who don’t get out much will be happy enough to sit still for most of this mer­ci­fully short mush.

Any other kid who has seen a Pixar movie will have their imag­i­nary binoc­u­lars out early to see if any end­ing is in sight.

An­i­ma­tion stan­dards are ba­sic at best and a bit of an eye­sore at worst.

For some strange rea­son, many of the voices do not seem to ‘‘ fit’’ the char­ac­ters mouthing their words.

This could well be a re­sult of Santa’s Ap­pren­tice be­ing pro­duced with mul­ti­ple lan­guage mar­kets in mind.

The French ver­sion has toured Europe with mi­nor suc­cess. This edi­tion may find luck with a re­lease in the United States, which would ex­plain those crummy Amer­i­can ac­cents fizzing away in the back­ground chat­ter.

Ex­pect bet­ter Yule­tide ti­tles next month. The Bri­tish- made 3D- er, Arthur Christ­mas, looks like the one to put on your fam­ily’s shop­ping list.

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

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