Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Review : Father Christmas
Father Christmas : As you know Father Christmas goes all around the world to deliver presents to people but have you ever thought of what Father Christmas does the other 364 days of the year?
In the second of two mini reviews, I'm briefly looking at Raymond Brigg's 'Father Christmas' a short film about the life of Father Christmas about what he gets up to when he's not at work. Good Idea, At the time it was unheard of.
The film basis itself off one character, which is Santa Claus, who in this film lives in a little house on a high street with his cat, dog and reindeer. After thinking about it he decides to take a holiday and tour the world. He goes to France, Scotland and Las Vegas all in one year and back in time to sort out everything for Christmas.
I watch this film and The Snowman every year. It's become a custom in my family home to watch these two films hand in hand, each year around Christmas time.
Like The Snowman, Father Christmas tells its story with the assistance of music and the animation is superb.
What makes Father Christmas, so unique and amusing is that you have Father Christmas doing things which you wouldn't expect him to do. He's going on holiday to Las Vegas and gambling and enjoying himself, tucking into a steak and chips and doing all this and yet still remaining in cogneto brilliantly.
This is simply a child hood memory which has stayed with me all my life.
The story as daft as it sounds, is a very clever idea which works so effortlessly in terms of capturing the attention of an audience.
Obviously it's not to be taken seriously, it doesn't give any hints about Christmas. It is simply just about the character of 'Father Christmas'. It doesn't go into a lot of detail about his character, just a possibility of what he does when he's not out delivering presents. I suspect he's getting things ready for Christmas each year thought the year.
For that reason 8/10.
NEXT : I will be reviewing 'The Muppet's Christmas Carol' I will post that review on Friday the 20th of December 2013.