Angela’s Christmas

Angela’s Christmas


Set in Ireland in the early 1900s, Angela’s Christmas is a funny, heart-warming and poignant story about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time. Based on a children’s book by Frank McCourt, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes and starring Lucy O’Connell (Song of the Sea) and Oscar® nominated Ruth Negga (Loving).

Dove Review

Angela’s Christmas is a wonderful, warm and perfect holiday animated movie. In fact, it would be enjoyable any old time of the year–as long as people enjoy stories about love, faith, and rising above one’s situation in life in order to offer more to those in need. The movie features several inspirational scenes, such as Angela giving a contribution to help a pauper on a street corner who is playing his accordion for all he’s worth. She doesn’t have much herself, but this is the same six-year-old girl who took baby Jesus from his manger in the drafty and cold St. Joseph Catholic Church to get him “warm” at home, before bringing him back.

This delightful short film includes Angela, in hiding in the church, saying, “Bless you” to an old couple who sneezes and their wonderment that the baby Jesus (a doll, in reality), can talk, as well as bless! The animation is excellent with vibrant and warm colors and the characters are brought to life by terrific vocal performances, including Lucy O’Connell as Angela. Based on the book by Frank McCourt, Angela and the Baby Jesus this sweet film is sure to please family audiences everywhere. The setting is long ago in Limerick, Ireland and the animators capture the “look” perfectly. We are happy to approve this movie with our Dove-Approved for All Ages Seal.

The Dove Take:

You can’t go wrong with remarkable animation, a great holiday story, and a fun story that manages to tug on the heart strings. And this is that movie!

Content Description

Faith: A girl want to get baby Jesus warm; a couple crosses themselves in church; Jesus' birth in the Gospel of Luke is mentioned.
Violence: None
Sex: None
Language: Kids tease each other by calling one another, "Maggot"; a priest says, "Dear Lord" in laughter; a woman prays, "Mother of God" and "Oh, Jesus".
Violence: None
Drugs: A scene in a grocery/bar with a few men drinking from mugs at a bar.
Nudity: None
Other: A girl is almost taken away from her home for taking the baby Jesus but when an officer learns the truth about her reason he convinces the priest to not press charges.


Company: 9 Story Media Group
Director: Damien O'Connor
Producer: Brown Bag Films
Genre: Family
Runtime: 26 min.
Reviewer: Ed C.