Alien Xmas (2020) Review

My brain needed something easy and fun this morning, and this filled that need perfectly.  A great, short family watch this festive season.

Certificate: U

Director: Stephen Chiodo

Screenwriter: Kealan O’Rourke, Dan Clark

Starring: Keythe Farley, Dee Bradley Baker, Kaliayh Rhambo

Genre: Animation, Sci Fi

Runtime: 42 Minutes

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

X, the smallest of a race of aliens known as the Klepts, is tired of not being taken seriously by his fellow aliens.  So when an opportunity arises to trave to earth and steal the planets gravity, he jumps at the chance to do something to gain the respect of his kind.  However, when arriving at the north pole, two days before Christmas, X discovers through the magic of Christmas, it is much better to give and receive presents than it is to just go around stealing things.  So, he vows to put an end to his evil plan and to protect the earth from the coming invasion.  Plus, the whole story is narrated by Santa!

This was ridiculously cute and wholesome, and I think kids will go bonkers for it.  It is adorably animated, some kind of Claymation I think, and what looks like some cotton wool thrown in every now and then for effect.  It is utterly charming to watch.  Adults with a soft spot for the old-style animations of the Wallace and Gromit films may get a hit of nostalgia from the visual style used here.  It is not exactly the same, but there are no fancy Computer Graphics used here.

X, our main character is for the most part completely silent for the whole film, with either the narrator or other characters speaking for him.  He just utters a few vowel sounds every now and then to get his point across. I do think that the film is a little too short to really get to know many of the characters, mostly we focus on Holly, who is struggling because her father is at work a lot over Christmas helping Santa get ready to deliver all the presents and she is feeling a bit lonely, she is also the most understanding and laid back child in the world.  It doesn’t seem to phase her when she catches her supposed alien doll climbing out the window with a bag full of stuff he has stolen.  Great Kid.

Overall really I felt this was a little too short.  I would have loved a full feature length film based on this idea, it could have been a real winner. It would have given us a chance to learn more about Holly, maybe introduce a few more of the towns inhabitants, spend more time with the sassy reindeer, and learn more about the Klepts themselves.  For a quick watch on Christmas Eve night, this will still hit the spot though.

‘Alien Xmas’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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