The Christmas Tree is a 1991 animated Christmas 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 live at the orphanage while their husband/father 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
- Horrible animation.
- Voice acting that sounds like not one of the actors is trying. The orphan children sound the worst though.
- The story is all over the place with plot points that are immediately forgotten as soon as they are brought up.
- Terrible editing and sound-mixing.
- Very creepy facial expressions, 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.
- Most of the kids are voiced by child actors, but one of the them is voiced by an eighteen-year-old. Why?
- 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.
- Judy's son is named "Pappy" - a name that is usually associated with grandparents. Seriously?
- Awful character designs. Their eyes are way too detailed.
- Mrs. Mavilda is too scary and threatening for the target audience.
- There's gambling in a kid's film!
- The bear's design in this film rips off Baloo from Disney's The Jungle Book.
- One of the children is voiced by a grown man using a computerized sped up voice in an attempt to sound like a kid but instead sounds like a robot.
- One of the girls was shown shirtless at the beginning.
- One of the children looks like John Darling from Peter Pan.
- The characters show little to no emotion...which is really disturbing.
- The music sounds like it was made on an Amiga.
- Mrs. Mavilda has very odd and random mood swings, in which Nostalgia Critic jokes about how he thinks she has “different personalities”.
- Judy's voice is the only voice in this film that is pleasant to listen to.