"If only Sandler's talent were the equal of his egotism."
This movie's gotta be the result of some pot-induced wager between Adam Sandler and his nattering cronies: "Hey guys, I'm like a $20 million movie star! How freakin' FUNNY is that? I bet I can make ANY movie I want! I could make a shrill and stunningly obnoxious Hannukah cartoon, one that offers not one single laugh, and I bet a studio would release it!" And the sad part is that Sandler won that bet.It's a holiday cartoon, so it's kosher for family viewing, right?
No way. Unless you consider farts, shit, and merciless child cruelty suitable family viewing. (One can only assume that Sandler does.)
So it's a nasty and acerbic cartoon for grown-ups then? Uh, wrong again. I don't know many grown-ups who consider 10-second burps and treacly artificial bullshit the pinnacle of entertainment.
WHO was this movie made for? Even those who consider Mr. Deeds and Little Nicky "underrated comedy masterpieces" will watch this one jaws agape, wondering what the hell they're watching.
The animation is substandard, the threadbare plot is stolen (poorly) from A Christmas Carol, the musical moments (yeah, it's a musical) are horribly written and non-melodious, the overall tone is smarmy and hateful, and the voice characterizations are arguably the least pleasant ever recorded for a feature length movie. (Not at all surprisingly, Sandler provides the voices for the three main characters: one bland and nasty, one shrill and female, and one so astonishingly grating that I can't believe the producers kept it in there. Oh wait, Sandler's the King. I forgot.)
This flick could possibly be dismissed as yet another piece of Sandler meandering, but animated films usually take lots of time and effort to produce. The animators must have wondered why they were even bothering.
Every big movie star has their own awful vanity project and now Sandler does too. This one joins the animation ranks alongside Mel Brooks' Shinbone Alley and Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. If you've never heard of those atrocious movies, that's kind of my point.The only thing about this movie that stands out as memorable is its overwhelmingly pathetic devotion to non-stop product placement. That and the omnipresent awfulness.