Wednesday, December 4, 2019

'Tis the Season - Tiny Christmas (2017)

Streaming Service: Hulu
Movie Name/Year: Tiny Christmas (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Length: 66 minutes
Rating: TV-G
Production/Distribution: Two 4 the Money Media, MarVista Entertainment, Nickelodeon Network
Director: Jonathan A. Rosenbaum
Writers: Jamie Nash, Gregg Rossen, Brian Sawyer
Actors: Riele Downs, Lizzy Greene, Graeme McComb, Panou, Patricia Drake, Matty Finochio

Blurb from IMDb: When a clumsy elf accidentally shrinks two kids on Christmas Eve, they get scooped up into Santa's sack. When they are dropped off across the street, the tiny kids have to navigate holiday hazards to make it home safely.

Cat’s Point of View:
When I saw the descriptive blurb for Tiny Christmas, I envisioned that the movie would be a holiday-themed updated spin on something like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989). I wasn’t entirely wrong, and yet I don’t feel like I was right either.

The Nickelodeon label gave me a slight clue about what I was in store for – a romp of silliness. The network is synonymous with children’s programming almost as much as the mouse house is. Though, a G rating is not always guaranteed. (Nickelodeon was the network, after all, that ran the original Ren & Stimpy (1991) which was entirely not suitable for children.) This movie, however, lands solidly in that safe-for-kids-of-all-ages zone.

There are breakpoints throughout the film that are expected from a made-for-TV program. They aren’t as smooth as I would generally hope them to be, but it wasn’t anything worth flipping tables over.

I think younger kids might get a kick out of the movie. It’s not one that I’d go out of my way to watch again. It is, however, a cute movie with a positive message.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score –  None
IMDB Score – 4.6/10
CinemaScore – None

Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 2.5/5
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