Purely charming and sweet, this will make a great Christmas Eve watch for anyone with longer children.

Certificate: U

Director: Damien O’Connor

Screenwriter: Frank McCourt, Damien O’Connor

Starring: Oscar Butler, Moe Dunford, Shona Hamill

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Runtime: 47 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Sequel to the well loved ‘Angel’s Christmas’, this year the charming and determined Angela sets out around Limerick with her brother Pat to get a big Christmas surprise for their mother.  Their father has been working in Australia for two years, and this Christmas Angela has decided that they are doing to bring him home to surprise their mother, even if they have to dig their way there.  What follows is a sweet, innocent adventure of three friends trying in vain to find their way to the other side of the world and reunite their families.

Netflix are putting out quite a few of these animated short films at the moment, and if you are looking for something to watch before tucking your little ones into bed on Christmas Eve, this could be a good choice.  Granted I am not sure if a story about reuniting families is a good choice if being apart from family is something you are going to have to deal with this year, but if not, you could do a lot worse than ‘Angela’s Christmas Wish.’  It is definitely aimed at younger children, maybe around 7 or younger, but for it’s length, it is a great and heart-warming story.

I almost wish this had a full length run time.  I was really enjoying Angela and Pat’s adventures, trying to figure out how they were going to get to Australia, and each option could have done with a little more fleshing out.  The introduction of Dorothy this time round meant that we also had kind of a side story going on, about Dorothy’s dad and how he never has any time to spend with her because he is always working.  This story didn’t get half the amount of time that it deserved and It’s a shame they decided not to expand any of these stories.

It is the total innocence of this film that makes it so charming.  A adults, we know that there is no way that they will be able to dig to Australia, or take a train, or be able to afford a boat ticket.  But we are still rooting for them anyway because they are so utterly determined to make Christmas special.  And I guess we remember a time as a child when the world really was as simple and easy as Angela sees it.  Sure we all kind of knew how the film would end, but it isn’t about the ending, it’s about the adventures that they go on to get there, and predictable or not, I still felt a little emotional at the end.

A great Christmas watch for younger kids, but too short to really appeal to anyone a little older.

‘Angela’s Christmas Wish’ is streaming now on Netflix.