Christmas is a wonderful holiday, although many have forgotten that. It’s a time of the year when everyone should be happy and friendly with one another. Children should be writing their letters to Santa Claus, eagerly awaiting Christmas morning. If you’ve lost your Christmas magic, I highly recommend taking some time to see Saving Santa (2013).
Saving Santa, directed by Leon Joosen and Aaron Seelman, screenplay by Ricky Roxburgh and story by Antony Nottage, is a magical story about an elf with a dream.
Bernard, voiced by Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), is a reindeer poop scooper who dreams about being one of Santa’s head inventors at Santech. Every year, Bernard invents something different and presents it to Santech in an attempt to change his life, but never succeeds. This year is different, however; although, still a disappointment. He invents a machine that when placed upon the wearer’s head will project a favorite Christmas memory, strengthening belief in Santa and the holidays or even reinstating them altogether. The demonstration of Bernard’s invention causes a blackout to happen in the entire North Pole, leaving the secret location vulnerable to outsiders.
This is perfect for Neville Baddington (Tim Curry) whose family owns a worldwide delivery service company. Baddington has been desperately trying for years to find the North Pole so he could steal the secret of Santa’s sleigh to make his company the fastest delivery service around, negating the need for Santa Claus himself. When Bernard see’s Baddington and his crew creating chaos in the North Pole and holding Santa Claus hostage, he decides to use the power of Santa’s sleigh to try to save Santa and Christmas.
After Bernard’s failure at Santech and before anyone knows that the North Pole is about to be invaded, Santa Claus himself has a heart to heart with Bernard, during which the secret of Santa’s sleigh is revealed. There is a time globe inside the sleigh that is used to travel in time, which allows Santa to deliver all the presents in one night. Now, after the invasion, Bernard decides to use this technology to go back in time to try to stop the invasion from happening.
What I like so much about Saving Santa is that the idea of an elf dreaming to be something more is so familiar. If you’re thinking about Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, you’re right with me. Hermey the elf wanted to be a dentist but instead, he makes toys. He has to help save Christmas, too, when he and Rudolph run off because they feel that they don’t belong. Very similar to Saving Santa.
What I didn’t like about Saving Santa is that Rudolph didn’t exist. Blitzen was the main reindeer in this movie. In my opinion, Rudolph should have been around. It’s not right that they just disposed of him. How can there be Christmas without Rudolph?
Overall, Saving Santa is a great film. It captures the spirit of Christmas and makes you want to believe, even if you don’t want to. Saving Santa, released by Anchor Bay Entertainment, is available on DVD or BluRay/DVD combo right now.