It's not the holiday season without a dose of Christmas with the Critters. While the cavorting crew of critters seek to celebrate the season, some wolves just want to watch the world burn. With a little bit of resourcefulness, and a bit of trickery, the heroic critters turn the tide against the wolf and get back to their party.
Christmas with the Critters has always been a holiday favorite of mine. It's got that right spirit of joy and togetherness, a credible but-not-too-scary threat, and a resolution you could have taken right off the page of a Christmas kid's book. My hat's still off to Mushanga for this video. Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WoW Model Viewer's Christmas contest really turned out some great videos this season. Mushanga's entry was Christmas with the Critters and is probably going to be on my playlist for a long time. The movie is fast-paced, fun to watch, and full of several laughing moments. I love the premise, and the film's closing gag was surprising and painfully true.
Christmas with the Critters is the story of an old target dummy, who simply wants to enjoy the holidays by playing with his woodland friends. Unfortunately, a big bad wolf is stalking the same forest and tries to make lunch of the target dummy's friends. But the dummy won't stand for it, and hatches an ingenious plan.
I think a subtle strength of Mushanga's script is that it plays on the traditional Christmas theme that we see in so many mainstream movies. An underdog character tries to enjoy the holidays, finds obstacles in his way, and then overcomes those obstacles. It's a fairly simple plot, but Mushanga uses it expertly to frame his holiday film.
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