The Christmas Tree is a 1991 animated Christmas adventure-drama special.
The film takes place in an orphanage run by the evil Mrs. Mavilda. She steals the orphanage's funds and tricks the mayor into thinking she's a good manager. The kids are so miserable that they latch onto a pine tree as a mother figure and a stray dog as their only friend. Things begin to change when a new family moves to town, and the mayor assigns the mother, Judy, to a position as Mrs. Mavilda's assistant. She and her two children name Pappy and Lily live at the orphanage while their husband/father Ray must live elsewhere for his new job. Judy takes the orphans under her wing and tries to make life better for them. When Mrs. Mavilda decides to frame Judy for a crime in order to have her removed, the children make a desperate bid to appeal to Santa Claus for help.
Why it Sucks
- Poorly done cel animation.
- Voice acting that sounds like not one of the actors is trying. The orphan children, in particular, are clearly not actors and are probably the production staffs' kids: their line reads are flat recitations, like a small child delivering a report to their class. This isn't helped by the characters often having completely neutral facial expressions.
- And also mention Judy, Pappy [really?] and Lily's Husband/Dad's (who now later in the movie is revealed name Ray) voice for being way more creepy monotone than kids annoying ones with his pale skin doesn't help either if he supposedly alive or not.
- All family (and three main characters) only names comes out not just unoriginal but biggy lazy to come up with. Especially Pappy name completely doesn't make any sense for one of two biological children of the family, Rather just try sound same alongside with other family members.
- The story is all over the place with plot points that are immediately forgotten as soon as they are brought up.
- Some plot details like Ray had be disconnected from his family for his job feel rather forced to be excused for not making animated him throughout movie.
- Setting never completely mentioned of what year or decade the story takes place even it's supposedly aimed in most likely 1920s, but due of few anachronisms keep turning up like of Mavilia's henchman Mel watching med size screen Television (where the earliest TV screens have very small sized to see from in the late 1920s) as an example.
- Terrible editing and sound-mixing.
- While the character faces are usually completely unexpressive, when they do have expressions they lurch off into creepy territory, especially when the kids are smiling.
- The so-called "moral" of the movie at the end, "you always win when you are good", (basically saying you always get what you want) feels shoe-horned in at the last minute and has nothing to do with the movie's story or even the meaning of Christmas itself. Neither is it a good moral, since even young children will know that sometimes things are not fair.
- Most of the kids are voiced by children, but one of them is voiced by an eighteen-year-old using a computerized sped up voice in an attempt to sound like a kid but instead sounds like a robot or stereotypical alien. Why the hell would she audition for it?
- Lily (one of the main characters) falls off a cliff and is presumed dead, but later re-appears with no explanation.
- One shot in a street shows a man teleporting into the scene out of nowhere, this may be that they either forgot or were too lazy to add him into the previous frames, proving that the animators truly did not try at all.
- In one scene, Mrs. Mavilda tries to take a dog away to a pound, but it breaks free and runs away while the children all cheer. However, it looks more like the children are having seizures due to their weird shaking and jumping movements and loud mumbling and screaming.
- Awful character designs. In particular. they have strange, soulless inverted eyes with a black iris and a grey pupil that makes it looks like they all have cataracts.
- Mrs. Mavilda is too scary and threatening for the target audience.
- The bear's design in this film rips off Baloo from Disney's The Jungle Book.
- One of the children looks like John Darling from Peter Pan.
- Mrs. Mavilda has very odd speech patterns, often flipping from amused to annoyed in the space of a single line, interrupting her own speech, or randomly bursting out laughing.
- And the Mayor is literally dumb, like his obviousness to Mavilda abusement of orphans over them wearing same nice clothes everytime his visit there without any to suspected their something not right with them or place like give obvious hint (being very sad while wearing nice clothes that Mavilda force them to wear). And later in near end of the film, his voice suddenly becoming more Adam Sander-like voice for no good reason.
- And also he treating money bags as weird currency for whatever person did something good.
- Judy's voice is the only voice in this film that is pleasant to listen to.
- Its one of those so bad it’s good films.