GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION is an animated fantasy set at the North Pole. Santa’s workshop may not have enough toys for children. So, Marzipan, the young daughter of the workshop’s new assistant manager, tries to save the day by bringing back the original flying reindeer, Glisten. Glisten disappeared because people stopped believing in her. Marzipan thinks the answer to Glisten’s whereabouts may be the twinkling light in Cathedral Canyon, which sparkles with Christmas spirit.
GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION is a fun, enjoyable, cute movie for families with younger children. Most of the jokes are funny. All are wholesome. GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION has a strong moral worldview, with multiple references and allusions to Christmas. The story promotes family bonds, helping others, gift-giving, kindness, love, and repentance. It contains references to the Christmas star, to the “spirit of Christmas,” to needing a miracle, to faith, and to belief in things unseen, like love (or God). However, GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION has light cartoon violence, a sequence with scary wolves, and no other references to the Nativity Story or Jesus.
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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong moral worldview, with some overt and some allegorical and non-allegorical allusions to Christmas, promotes family bonds, helping others, gift-giving, kindness, love and repentance and contains references to the “Christmas star,” to the “spirit of Christmas,” to needing a “miracle,” to having faith, and to belief in things unseen, like love, but neither Jesus nor the Nativity Story are directly mentioned, and it’s said that the Christmas Star merged with the “Wishing Star” and, of course, there are references to the legend of Santa Claus, the jolly old fellow who’s a fantasy concoction of the real St. Nicholas;
No obscenities or profanities;
Some light cartoon violence and peril, including some slapstick violence, such as avalanches of snow fall down, elf child has encounters with scary bear and scary wolves (bear is friendly, though, but grumpy and excitable if you upset or anger him), characters fall, characters run into one another, machine printing out the Nice and Naughty List goes haywire and wraps several elves in golden paper about their torsos, elves faint when they first see the bear and faint when he growls later while getting upset, wolves menace characters, ice cracks under characters;
No alcohol use;
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Bear gets angry, but he tries to change and generally succeeds.
GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION is an animated fantasy set at the North Pole where a female elf child tries to save Santa’s delivery of presents by bringing back the original flying reindeer, Glisten, who gave Santa’s reindeer the power to fly. GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION is a fun, enjoyable, cute movie for families with younger children, but the story has some light cartoon violence, there are scary wolves in one sequence, and the movie’s morally uplifting content and references to Christmas, which includes references to the Christmas star, don’t have any other overt references to Jesus or the Nativity Story.
The movie opens with the child elf, Marzipan, playing with her dog, Lula, in Santa’s Village. They spot a twinkling light among the peppermint trees, but the light disappears.
Meanwhile, Marzipan’s widowed mother, Cinnameg, begins her first day as assistant manager in Santa’s workshop. She alerts the boss, Crumble Starsnaps, that the workshop is behind in building toys, with only seven days to go until Christmas. Crumble sees the world through rose-colored glasses, however, and doesn’t want to hear her concerns.
The next day, Marzipan sees the twinkling light on Cathedral Mountain above Cathedral Canyon. She follows the light into the canyon, but it disappears, and she runs into a big bear named Grizz. Grizz is wary of Marzipan because he’s on Santa’s Naughty List and all the elfs fear him. However, Marzipan removes a thorn from his fur, and he becomes more friendly. In fact, he tells her to come find him if she needs anything.
That night, Marzipan’s wise grandmother, Sage Evergreen, tells her about the story of Glisten, a Snow Deer who was made of pure stardust. Glisten sprinkled stardust on the elves’ garden, and, when the reindeer ate the corn from the garden, they began to fly, just like Glisten. Every year after that, Glisten led Santa’s sleigh delivering Christmas presents to the world’s children. Glisten disappeared, however, because people stopped believing in her. Grandma Sage says Glisten sparkled with Christmas Spirit, and Marzipan figures that that’s the sparkle she saw un the twinkling light.
So, when Marzipan hears from her mother that elves are falling behind in their toy production for Christmas, she decides to seek help from Grizz.
GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION is a fun, enjoyable, cute movie for families with younger children. Most of the jokes are pretty funny, and all of them are fairly wholesome.
GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION has a strong moral worldview, with overt, allegorical and metaphorical allusions to Christmas. The story promotes family bonds, helping others, gift-giving, kindness, love and repentance. It also contains references to the “Christmas star,” to the “spirit of Christmas,” to needing a “miracle,” to having faith, and to belief in things unseen, like love (or God). However, it has some light cartoon violence and peril, including a sequence with scary wolves who menace Marzipan and the bear. Also, neither Jesus or the Nativity Story are otherwise mentioned in GLISTEN AND THE MERRY MISSION. In addition, one line of dialogue says that the Christmas Star merged with the “Wishing Star.”
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