It's a neat book...a 32 page picture book.
Who had the bright idea to make it a full length feature film?
I find it interesting that a book about the "spirit of Christmas" was bastardized for monetary purposes.
Not surprising, but interesting.
My complaints all surround the movie my house has now watched 3 times in the last week.
Obviously, spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the movie that came out in 2004...
Why is the most inept conductor ever in charge of all of these minors? Who approved that? Who hired this guy? Santa?? Santa is obviously an idiot.
Who is the "coffee" drinking hobo train hopper? Is he magical? Is he Jack Frost? A ghost? Santa in disguise? A guy that should be driving a windowless van?
Why the small number of children? How were these kids chosen? They don't seem to have anything in common except living in the same general area. Does another town get to go next year? That seems highly inefficient.
Why are the puppets talking? That's creepy as hell.
.....why are the elves speaking Yiddish?
"I was checking out my gifts and all I found was stupid underpants." Yes, there's the spirit of Christmas right there kids: bitch when you didn't get a "good enough" gift.
The child that didn't even believe in Santa...who spent the entire trip breaking the rules...is the one that gets the first gift? Are you kidding me? Not the kids that listened. Not the poor kid (from "the other side of the tracks" of all things) who needs a reason to believe in Christmas again. Noooo
The parents don't believe in Santa (shown by them not hearing the bell) and yet NO ONE QUESTIONS HOW THIS GIFT GOT IN THE HOUSE?!