Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Pere Noel)
Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Pere Noel) (2010)

Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan and have a pure heart. On the other side of… More

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Rated: G
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DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Fresh take on familiar holiday themes; some bullying.

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Matt Neal
The Standard

Good movies for very young kids are few and far between, but this sweet Australian-French animation is well worth the ticket price for the under 10s.

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Sacha Molitorisz
Sydney Morning Herald

So, an Australian gem? Not quite. It's more a feelgood diversion than an all-time classic.

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Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

I'm not sure why Santa is portrayed as such as a schmuck early on and this is part of the reason why I think kids will be sitting there with a blank stare on their face.

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Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

Bright, amiable traditional animation with an old-school flavour and solid storytelling.

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Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)

Beautifully drawn and sidestepping cliché and forced sentiment, this sweet and inspiring Christmas story will bring out your inner kid.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

With its simple yet elegant 2D animation and festive spirit, Santa's Apprentice is an Aussie Christmas movie for families looking for sweetness and old fashion morals in their holiday movie going experience.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Cheap, cheerful and utterly forgettable C-grade cartoon.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Good hearted, well meaning and innocuous, Santa's Apprentice also has a couple of messages, one involving the bully and his need for parental love as a way to correct the nasty behaviour

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