This is a charming take on the legend of Santa Claus, with good values and morals emphasized. However, parents, especially Christian, who take their religion seriously, might want to take note before exposing their children to it. Not because any reference to religion is omitted - after all, "Rudolph" also fails to mention God -but because of its overt paganism. "The Wizard of Oz", another L. Frank Baum tale, was similarly criticized, but without merit, because the wizards and witches were mere creatures,and only existed in Dorothy's long dream sequence. This tale, on the other hand, has not just wizards and such, but "immortals", essentially pagan gods, who govern the laws of nature. No room is left for the God of monotheism, even though the story prominently features a Christian holiday.
Some who read this review will scoff and think, "Another religious nut, trying to tell others what to think!", but they don't understand the moral dilemmas often faced by those who do take their religion seriously, and want their children to. What good parents would not want to have SOME influence over their childrens' thinking? If they don't, someone else will; count on it! That children have boundless imaginations is all the more reason why parents should. I doubt that this tale is a threat, just another occassion for parents to remind their kids of "the reason for the season". Most who come visit this page evidently don't share that sentiment, which is their right, so this review is for the benefit of those who do. Again, the morals and values, which are part and parcel of almost any religion, that are taught make this a worthy venture. However, because of the above mentioned reasons, some parental guidance is suggested.
How about someone, someday, doing a movie or program based, at least in part, on Saint Nicholas, the REAL Santa Claus?