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Christmas Cracker1963

  • 3.7
This Academy Award®-nominated short consists of three animated segments (by three different directors) that take a playful look at Christmas: a rendition of "Jingle Bells" in which paper cut-out figures dance, a dime-store rodeo of tin toys and a story of decorating the perfect Christmas tree.

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This made my day!! I love that little interlude guy! And the music!! Oh what fun!!

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This made my day!! I love that little interlude guy! And the music!! Oh what fun!!

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Very cool! It has almost everything you want in Holiday-themed animation!

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This is a true Holiday treat, full of minimal, mid-century imagery and color. In a weird and wonderful way, this reminded me of the Sears Christmas Wishbooks I used to spend hours looking at.

“Christmas Cracker” is a joyful film to watch but a tedious one to endure. Joyful as we watch something that is created with love and passion by (what I assume to be) new film makers, but tedious because most of what we watch is uninteresting. It is a short that contains three shorts within itself, which, for me, means there is far too little focus for something that didn’t require a lot of my time. The first segment simply has cardboard cut-out kids dancing to Jingle Bells. The second has toys doing random stuff in a stop motion format. The final segment is by far the most coherent, as it follows a man in search of the perfect star for the top of his Christmas tree.

In all three shorts the directors play around with traditional animation, stop motion, and cut-out paper. A live action mime does special dances between the shorts to Segway into the next, which should give you some idea on how meandering the piece as a whole really is. It’s hard to begrudge film makers who want to make movies and just have a little fun. I certainly got the sense that these were passionate artists who just opened their Christmas presents, and were giving them a try for the first time. That doesn’t make the short very good though. It is simply an experiment that somehow managed to snag an Oscar nomination. While I can get behind the fun nature of making a movie just because it’s fun, when you start getting accolades you need to bring more to the table than this.

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