The Santa Claus Brothers

Starring: Brian Cranston, Caroline Rhea, Joe Flaherty & Harland Williams
Momentum Pictures

RRP: £14.99

Certificate: U
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At 150 years old, Mel, Darryl and Roy have a lot of growing up to do. The time has come for Santa to decide who is going to take over the reigns of the big sleigh, but it is coming clear to him that the triplets are more likely to enjoy monkey business than the family business! So, with the help of Snorkel, Santa's right hand elf, Santa and Mrs Claus decide to teach the triplets the true meaning of Christmas. Little does Santa know that Snorkel plans to overthrow the whole family and gain Santa status for himself...

The Santa Claus Brothers is the perfect stocking filler for anyone who still believes in the magic of Christmas. The computer animation has a charm all of its own, with vivid, bright colours and almost childlike character designs which help to ensure this tale stands out as a true original.

The extras on the disc are nothing to write home about - the scene selection page is set out like an advent calendar, picture gallery and a quiz that you can attempt after watching the move. While the quiz is not particularly hard I am still at a loss to what the surprise we are promised for completing it is. I thought there may have been a short 'making of' documentary. But all that seems to happen is that a cracker is pulled on screen.

This is a great feel good short film which, unlike some children's films, will not be watched once and then left on a shelf to gather dust. This is one of the best animated shorts to emerge in recent years.

The Santa Claus Brothers is destined to become a Christmas classic that will rank alongside Wallace & Gromit and The Snowman.

Darren Rea

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