Arc Entertainment delivers with it’s new animated Christmas movie, The Naughty List. Winter and Snowflake are two young mischievous elves living and working at the North Pole. The two brothers have gotten into a lot of trouble over the years and when their snowball fight leads to the wrecking of the North Pole’s Christmas tree days before Christmas, Santa puts them on the dreaded naughty list. And if that’s not bad enough, Santa Claus informs them they must help out with mundane tasks like washing windows and cleaning bathrooms. Tinsel, Santa’s robot assistant, is constantly watching Winter, Snowflake, and fellow naughty lister, Sparkle the reindeer. The trio accidentally leave the entire North Pole sick from food poisoning during a kitchen duty mishap just hours before Santa is expected to take flight and deliver all those Christmas toys. Winter, Snowflake and Sparkle the reindeer are determined to save Christmas this year but they’ll have to learn to cooperate and follow a few guidelines along the way.
The Naughty List features the voices of by Matthew Lillard of the Scooby Doo cartoons, Drake Bell from Drake & Josh, Sean Astin from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Kyle Chandler, and Naya Rivera from Glee. I only wish the 46-minute movie had been longer because it felt a tad rushed at times.
The animation is crisp and colorful, just what you would expect from a rated PG movie geared towards elementary school-aged children. Young viewers can identify with the struggles that each of the three main characters face because they also face the same challenges. The DVD has Dolby sound but offers no extras aside from the common closed captioning and a handful of trailers from other animated movies with some of the same actors. The Naughty List is available on DVD, Video on Demand and will be shown on Cartoon Network this holiday season.