Click Clack Moo: Christmas at the Farm
Based on the Caldecott Honor children’s book written by author illustrator team Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, Click, Clack, Moo: Christmas at the Farm is a family-friendly animated special that offers up many positive messages, while also clearly reflecting the overwhelming consumer nature of the holiday.
The Lewin-styled animals (including one lovely cow that can belt out tunes like a Broadway star and others who use classic manual typewriters to communicate) gather at night to watch seven Christmas specials in seven days with Farmer Brown. One night the animals see the farmer’s eyes glaze over with desire for a Tumbletron 300 clothes dryer as advertised by local storeowner Appliance Al “Buy now! Beat the rush! Just text me your order!” Farmer Brown’s dryer has died and he’s having a hard time getting his clothes dry in the snowy winter weather.
The animals, including several cows, some sheep, a goat, three mice, a pig, a rabbit and a duck who has been naughty and is trying to redeem himself, decide to try to raise the money to get Farmer Brown the flashy new dryer. They sell sweaters, cheese logs and create an adventure tour of the farm. They even skydive, hoping to make much-needed cash. Duck is particularly into it so that he can get back on Santa’s “nice” list. But the pals still wind up a little short of funds. In the end the animals decide they don’t need any presents— “No taking, just giving!”
Teamwork, problem-solving, humility, ingenuity and caring for others are some of the themes that come through loud and clear amid all the clicking, clacking, and mooing.
Ann Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.