Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Pere Noel) (2010)




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Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan and have a pure heart. On the other side of the planet, there is a little boy who is a perfect match, but his lack of self-confidence and fear of heights make him a poor contestant. Will Santa agree to step down, and help his apprentice take his place?
Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Critic Reviews for Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Pere Noel)

All Critics (10)

Fresh take on familiar holiday themes; some bullying.

Full Review… | February 16, 2016
Common Sense Media

I'm not sure why Santa is portrayed as such as a schmuck early on and this is part of the reason why I think kids will be sitting there with a blank stare on their face.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011
ABC Radio Brisbane

With its simple yet elegant 2D animation and festive spirit, Santa's Apprentice is an Aussie Christmas movie for families looking for sweetness and old fashion morals in their holiday movie going experience.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Matt's Movie Reviews

Good movies for very young kids are few and far between, but this sweet Australian-French animation is well worth the ticket price for the under 10s.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
The Standard

Bright, amiable traditional animation with an old-school flavour and solid storytelling.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
The Age (Australia)

Cheap, cheerful and utterly forgettable C-grade cartoon.

Full Review… | November 9, 2011
Herald Sun (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Pere Noel)


What about a pure heart? Santa is getting older and is required by rule to acquire and teach an apprentice to replace him one day. He finds an orphan with a pure heart named Nicholas and begins training him to become Santa. A boy who didn't get picked is jealous of Nicholas and will do his best to ruin Christmas, Santa, and the spirit of Christmas. Can Santa and his apprentice save the holidays? "Santa must never be seen." Luc Vinciguerra, director of The Magic Snowflake, and episodes from the television series Santa's Apprentice and Zombie Hotel, delivers Santa's Apprentice. The storyline for this picture was very entertaining, unique, and well presented. The animation style wasn't cutting edge but fit the story well and the voices fit the characters to perfection. "You've got the wrong Nicholas." I came across this movie on Netflix this holiday season and decided to give it a shot with my daughter. She liked it and I was surprised to like it as much as I did. I enjoyed the plot and characters and feel this is worth watching at least once with your children. "It's pretty cold where we are going." Grade: B-

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