Santa deserves better
‘ 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