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Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Elliot The Littlest Reindeer
Year: 2018
Genre: Animation, Family
Directed By: Jennifer Westcott
Starring: Morena Baccarin, Josh Hutcherson, Martin Short
About: When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21st, a miniature horse has 3 days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa's team at the North Pole try-outs.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viUFB3Oitnk

My Review:
Wanting to start watching Christmas movies with it being the middle of December I thought I would start with a movie in which was on Netflix which has been on my list recently called Elliot The Littlest Reindeer. With a cast of voice actors in which I already liked I hoped that this would be something I would enjoy and I am glad I was not mistaken as the movie ended up being rather cute and something I enjoyed more than I expected.

I thought by showing how Santa's reindeer was able to retire and have other reindeer take their place was rather a good concept especially as it showed how even they wanted to take a break from the same job over and over By having a miniature horse who is wanting to also take part and who will do anything to take part and not give up including going to the North Pole and pretending to be a reindeer was really sweet and shows no matter how silly your dreams are you should never give up. By also showing how the other reindeer were becoming friends with him as a result of how well he was doing and they were encouraging him to continue doing well was so nice to watch. I did think by having the main elf be evil and try to get rid of the reindeer was a nice twist and something that shows how people can look like they are helping even if it is only so that they can get ahead themselves. Also the ending showing how Elliot was willing to give up on his dreams so that he could save his friends was really sweet and showed how friends and family come above everything and made me love his character even more than I did previously. Not only this but having Santa decide to still let Elliot be one of the eight needed for the sleigh was really sweet and showed how not giving up on your dreams can always work well even if it seems like something that is really out of reach. The animation in this was really well done I think and something that is really sweet for families to watch especially if they have children and are looking for something a little different for the Christmas period.

I do wish however that it showed more about the original reindeer as it didn't really show much of them except to show how they disappeared and how one was the father and a cheat. By showing more about this I think it would have just given more of a Christmas feel to the movie. Not only this but I think that the other villain who is trying to buy all of the animals on the petting zoo should have had a little more time as I feel like except to show that they were a villain not much was actually done with this character. The only other thing in which I think could have been better is there is a machine in which translates animals and I feel like this could have been used earlier for trying to understand the characters who were animals when trying to speak to people rather than them not understanding. However showing how this made the head elf evil was a good way of showing the technology.

Overall, I think that this is a really sweet Christmas movie in which is different from others I have seen and also made me smile. I would highly recommend Elliot The Littlest Reindeer to people who have children as well as those who enjoying movies about reindeer. I would definitely watch this movie again!

My Rating: 4/5 

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