If you are a fan of ‘The Boss Baby’, the 2022 Christmas Bonus film which is just 45-minute long is a fun watch, even though the makers manage to make even the short duration feel a little too long. While Alec Baldwin had voiced ‘Boss Baby’ in the 2017 film, JP Karliak had been lending his vocals to the hit animated character in its spin-off series and this short movie. Directed by Christo Stamboliev and Matt Engstrom, the movie borrows its core themes from the Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, but instead of grumpy/sad adults, you get a lot of feisty babies babbling all over.
Plot overview: ‘Boss Baby’ hates all the little Christmas traditions his family loves to celebrate, and things get crazy when he accidentally gets swapped with an identical baby and finds himself stranded with Santa’s elves in North Pole. It’s up to his older brother Tim Templeton (Pierce Gagnon) to ensure gets his baby brother back home on time to celebrate their favorite holiday together.
The animation is cute, cheery and has a generic festive atmosphere, nothing extraordinary or awe-inspiring. The character ‘Boss Baby’ is all about business, so he first panics at finding himself at Santa’s place, but soon gets to work, ordering the little elves around on how to be more efficient, almost leading them to a rebellion against the jolly old man. The plot is exciting, and the script is largely hilarious, although it does get a little slow towards the end. Perhaps a 30 minutes runtime would’ve been perfect for an extra little Holiday film.
It’s a 6/10 from me. Stream it on Netflix.
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