YMMV: The Christmas Tree

  • Broken Aesop: "You always win when you are good." Even in context the aesop doesn't work.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • The plot would have been over before it began if the mayor (who is not in any way supportive of Mavilda's abuse) took more than a passing glance at the children before handing his huge bags of millionaire duck currency to Mavilda.
    • Also, Judy could easily have reported Mavilda to the mayor as soon as Mavilda lost the money in that poker game - it's not like Mavilda could have hidden the fact that she hadn't bought any new clothes or toys like the mayor told her to do upon any actual inspection. The film does make a slight effort to justify this by having Mavilda threaten to evict Judy and her children if word of the abuse gets out, never mind that Mavilda will have no authority to do so if she gets fired, as she almost certainly would.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The climax suggests that Mrs. Mavilda would not have hesitated to chainsaw through the wall of people (including children) trying to guard Mrs. Hopewell.
  • Narm:
    • The orphan explaining how he likes to pretend the tree in the backyard is hugging him when he's sad. Though unintentional, Judy's heavy-lidded oh-you've-got-to-be-kidding-me reaction is what really sells it.
    • Judy apathetically exclaiming her husband's name: "....Raaaaaayyyy...."
    • What little legitimate emotionality Judy being reunited with her [thought then to be dead] daughter is ruined by this showing up for a couple of seconds right in the middle of the scene.
    • The way Pappy calls for his supposedly dead sister. "Lily."
    • A good 90% of Lily's lines are impossible to understand due to utterly baffling Baby Talk. You can tell that she's voiced by a little girl who only recently learned how to talk...and that's not a good thing.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Some of the facial expressions are creepy.
    • Santa’s unnerving pitch-shifted voice sounds positively Satanic.
    • There's one scene where all of the kids do a simultaneous psychotic grin as their pupils dilate.
    • Mrs. Mavilda firing Judy. In a movie where everyone speaks in a dull monotone, Mrs. Mavilda sounds insane, mainly because the sound of her voice breaks the volume levels of the mic:
    Mrs. Mavilda: GET OUT! Pack your things right now! YOU'RE FIRED!!
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • Some people have referred to this as The Room of Christmas specials, what with everything being so badly done that it's hilarious.
    • Subverted with Doug Walker. He doesn't think this should be a bad-good Christmas movie because he holds the holiday very close to his heart.
  • They Just Didn't Care:
    • Try looking at the abysmal animation and voice actors that sound like they're half brain dead and try not to come to this conclusion.
    • The film's attempt at a moral "You always win when you are good" embodies this. It comes off as needlessly added in, simplistic in its message, not to mention having nothing to do with Christmas.
  • Uncanny Valley: The movie spends its entire running time jumping in and out of the valley, especially with that godforsaken blinking. Many of the movie's scenes show absolutely no movement when the characters are on screen. Except for the fucking blinking - it's rather unsettling. On top of that are the eyes - they attempt to go for irises rather than just black dots, but they don't actually use any color for them. It's black corneas and gray irises, which is just... unnerving.