Feel-good reminders of hearty gifts of the season: spending time with loved ones, spreading joy, and believing in things unseen. Even the most hardened hearts can be warmed by the power of love. There's happiness in feeling like you belong, but at the same time your destiny is what you make it. Even when people don't live up to our expectations, giving the relationship a chance can have positive results. A man's small stature is the basis of a joke when he's mistaken for an elf.
Animation lessens the impact of Buddy getting hit by a car multiple times. Most incidents leave no trace, but in one his leg is bent at an odd angle, and lightning bolts indicate pain. He's also thrown out of a few doors and once gets kicked in the face. A brawl erupts into a cloud of dust, obscuring any actual fighting. Naughty Listers are grumpy and somewhat menacing, but they experience a change of heart.
One kiss on the cheek.
"Butts." Rarely insults such as "jerk," "snot nose," and "fatso."
This special is based on a live-action movie and a Broadway musical.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one scene, Buddy drowns his sorrows in a bar and acts drunk, but it's said he's drinking syrup, not alcohol.