Santa vs. the Snowman, in 3D

It’s a jolly fat man in a red suit vs. a guy with coal for eyes

It might be the season to be jolly, but everyone isn’t in the Christmas spirit. In fact, in the movie Santa vs. the Snowman, there’s about to be a beat-down. Of course, it’s Snowman’s fault; he tried to steal a flute from Santa’s workshop. Snowman claims innocence, but Santa’s no fool; he knows a thief when he sees one. Thief or not, the Snowman has his pride, and when he gets a look at the cushy gig Santa has, with all those adoring elves doing all his dirty work, the Snowman figures somebody has to take Santa down a notch or two. Things reach a fever pitch — Snowman’s minions face off against Santa’s elf army, with the right to deliver gifts around the world on Christmas Eve on the line.

If this all sounds very un-holiday like, you’re right. Santa vs. the Snowman is sort of a holiday alternative, made especially for those of us who are tired of that “good will toward men” nonsense. (What’s a holiday without a little bloodshed?) Steve Oedekerk, the man behind the equally irreverent films Jimmy Neutron, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and The Nutty Professor, put together this comedy, which features the voices of Jonathan Winters, Ben Stein and Victoria Jackson.

Santa vs. the Snowman is in IMAX 3-D, so the fists will be flying on a super-giant screen. Kinda brings a whole new meaning to “You better watch out, you better not cry,” doesn’t it? 2:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. today and every day through January 5, 2008. Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston Island. For tickets and information, call 800-582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.com. $7.95 to $9.95.
Nov. 17-Jan. 12, 2007

 
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