"The Christmas Tree" is a Christmas special that takes place in an orphanage run by the evil Mrs. Mavilda. She steals the orphanage's funds and tricks the mayor into thinking she's a good manager. The kids are so miserable they latch onto a pine tree as a mother figure. But their lives change with the arrival of a caring assistant.

At first, this Christmas special was obscure. It was ranked as #12 in WebVideo/FamiliarFaces #72: The Next 12 Forgotten Christmas Specials, which is on the website Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses. The special gained attention after, on the same website, it was reviewed in an episode of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic on December 24, 2013.

The film can be seen in its entirety [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlFtMxG6mnY here]].

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!!This animated special provides examples of:

* AnachronismStew: The time period is quite vague. They seem to be aiming for about the 1920s, but blatant anachronisms keep turning up, such as Mrs. Mavilda's henchman Mel watching a television set. Perhaps they were trying for a RetroUniverse, but that's probably giving the creators too much credit.
* BearsAreBadNews: One that looks like Baloo chases after the kids at one point, and presumably is thinking, "Bare necessities! Your asses are my recipes! The simple bare necessities of death!"
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: "You always win when you are good."
* BoltOfDivineRetribution [[spoiler:One that Ms. Mavilda miraculously survives from.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: When Mrs. Mavilda is firing Judy, she chews it so hard that the voice actress's mic almost blows out. Helped by the fact her mic is abusing the "insane bitch" setting.
* ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam: Mrs. Mavilda wants to destroy the tree just to show the kids who's boss.
* CoversAlwaysLie: On the DVD cover, the tree is indoors.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Santa striking Mavilda down with lightning and somehow having rescued Judy's daughter offscreen]] is about as blatant as you can get.
* DisappearedDad: Mr. Kindle has a job that requires him to spend months away from his family. He doesn't come back until Christmas Eve.
* DullSurprise: Barring the above [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewage]], the voice deliveries qualify as this across the board.
** Also near the end when Pappy tells his parents that he lost Lily, they don't look shocked or sad.
*** "[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic I'm gonna check with the doctor, and see if I'm clinically still alive.]]"
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Not only is Mrs. Mavilda not sentenced for child abuse in the end, she retains a job at the orphanage (albeit as Judy's assistant)! All because of her lightning-induced HeelFaceTurn]].
* EvilIsHammy: Mrs. Mavilda.
* {{Expy}}: Mrs. Mavilda is Miss Hannigan.
* ForTheEvulz: Mrs. Mavilda is downright gleeful about losing the children's money gambling, to the point where it seems like she almost prefers it to winning.
* GainaxEnding: See DeusExMachina above.
* TheGamblingAddict: Mrs. Mavilda again.
* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: The aesop outright states this.
* HarmlessElectrocution: [[spoiler:Mrs. Mavilda somehow survives the BoltOfDivineRetribution that strikes her before she can cut down Mrs. Hopewell, leading to the important morale being: Don't fuck with Mrs. Hopewell!]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Mrs. Mavilda following her being struck down by the BoltOfDivineRetribution.]]
* HeroesLoveDogs: The children at the orphanage collectively take care of a black dog named Licorice.
* LargeHam: [[EvilIsHammy Mavilda]] is an especially noticeable one, given that she's also pretty much the only person in the world she inhabits that shows any emotion whatsoever.
* LimitedAnimation: So much so that you'll be startled whenever there's movement.
* NoodleIncident: Mrs. Mavilda: (Talking about Judy) "What if I make that good girl into a bad one? Yeah! I'll make her into a thief, just like I did with the girl that worked with me before!"
** It could also be considered WhatHappenedToTheMouse since they never shown her.
** In his NC review, Doug Walker suggested that Mrs. Mavilda had split personalities to explain the glitches in her voice recordings, and the assistant prior to Judy was one of them.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Mrs. Mavilda seems to trot out the same kids and outfits every year.
* OnlySixFaces: The only distinguishing marks for the children are their hair and clothes. All of them have the exact same face.
* OrphanageOfFear: It's clearly some kind of con setup, with money only being spent on food and electricity while Mavilda pockets the difference.
* OrphanageOfLove: [[spoiler:Once Judy gets promoted.]]
* ShockAndAwe: Weirdly, [[spoiler: Santa]]. He decorates the tree and gives the children new clothes with a noticeable electrical crackle. In a more traditionally elemental and slightly more sinister vein, [[spoiler:Mrs. Mavilda is conveniently struck by lightning just before he makes his appearance. You really don't want to get on this guy's naughty list.]]
* SkewedPriorities: When the mayor finds out what Mrs. Mavilda had really been doing with the kids, he's more concerned if the inspector sees it and calls them out on it.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: The ending promptly shoehorns in "You always win when you are good" as the moral of the tale Mrs. Mavilda learns. Putting aside the idea that you will eventually get what you want if you're a good person, in the story's context it makes no sense because the story was resolved by a DeusExMachina courtesy of [[spoiler:Santa striking Mrs. Mavilda with lightning. Can she truly have been said to have learned anything when her reformation is probably due to brain damage from being electrocuted?]]
* SplitPersonality: There are several times where Mrs. Mavilda's audio has glitches that make it seem like she has different personalities she likes to argue with.
* StorybookOpening: A textbook (storybook?) example. The storybook doesn't have words or even word-shaped scribbles, just colored {{Tetris}} blocks.
* ThiefBag: The mayor pays Mrs. Mavilda in bags of money.
* UndisclosedFunds: The orphanage is paid in bags of money. Apparently, direct deposits, checks, bank accounts, and statements that have an actual amount listed do not exist in this universe. [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic But hey, who needs a paper trail when you have]] [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales millionaire duck currency]]?
* VocalEvolution: The Mayor starts out with a very similar voice to Ray and the narrator, but then suddenly changes to having a much higher-pitched and more nasal voice for the film's climax.

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