We love the book. I wanted to love the movie. The story was slow and dragging and included a lot of "unnecessary clutter." The plot did not move along. The film was boring and plodding. The message is wonderful, but the packaging was poor.The concept of the Candy Cane as a way to teach the message of Christmas, is beautiful and resonates well with children. This story was just slow moving and the plot was underdeveloped to do that. It would be simpler and preferred to just tell children about the Candy Cane.The voice talent is great. The animation is Okay. The characters are not well developed. The book was significantly superior. We love Veggie Tales Christmas Movies and older classics like "Small One." If you're looking for a Christian animated Christmas movies, try these.. Directed by John Schmidt. With Tom Bosley, Florence Henderson, Bruce Marchiano, Paige O'Hara. The night a mysterious stranger rode into the lonely prairie town of West Sage, no one realized their lives would never be the same.. Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror..