The Christmas Orange (2002)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Fantasy, Holiday Film, Message Movie  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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This animated cable-TV special deftly illustrates the pitfalls of our over-litigous society. The "hero" of the piece is 6-year-old Anton Stingley, who awakens on Christmas morning to discover that Santa Claus has apparently ignored his 16-page, 600-item gift list, and has instead given Anton a single, solitary orange. Egged on by sourpuss lawyer Studpustle, Anton takes Santa to court, suing him for "breach of contract." The disillusioned old elf vows never to deliver another Christmas present--leaving it up to a chastened Anton to save the day. Based on the award-winning 1998 children's book written by Don Gillmor and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay, The Christmas Orange originally aired December 9, 2002, as part of the ABC Family Channel's "25 Days of Christmas".



Christmas, court [law], gift, lawsuit, lawyer, outrage, realization, Santa-Claus, self-centeredness, wish