Holly & Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure (2008)
A Christmas movie made by the Build-A-Bear Workshop? How bad could it be?
-The arbitrary skepticism regarding Hal's desire to fly with Santa's reindeer. Santa Claus is clearly shown to exist in this movie, complete with flying reindeer! Why are flying moose more ridiculous than flying reindeer?!
-The major conflict.focuses on a severe snowstorm which threatens to ground Santa's sleigh. Despite the hyperbole from the weather elves that this is the worst storm they've ever seen, not only is the moon still visible, but the storm is shown to be centered entirely around Santa's workshop. They can just walk for a few minutes and escape it completely!
-Santa's elves are portrayed at being unfamiliar with technology, to the extent that a toy robot running around loose sends them scurrying for cover. This is in spire of the fact that they have complex meteorological instruments and a flight simulator for the reindeer, but most damning, they would have had to BUILD that robot, so why can't they figure out how to turn it off?!
-It's shown that Santa's elves can stop time so that they can get all their preparations done. This is done by one of the elves stopping a clock's pendulum. That would be silly enough, but it's also shown that stopping time also stops that snowstorm everybody was worried about! Why can't they just keep time stopped until Santa is clear of it?!
-But I saved the best for last...in this cute little story for kids, there are strong implications that Holly's love for her brother goes a little bit beyond what a sister should have for her brother. She has an award-bait song where she has visions of him, she names that aforementioned toy robot after hm and makes it look like him, she tells him "I didn't think you would ever notice how much I do care," like she's been pining for him, and when Santa calls her to fly alongside her brother, she stares at Hal like she's about to french-kiss him in front of everybody. It's like that one Folger's commercial got turned into a movie, and it's the number-one reason I want to see this riffed.
TB Tabby commented
Oh yeah, here's the Bobsheaux review if you want to see it for yourself.