Rating : ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Categorisation: Children’s animated Christmas story
Plot: Little Hank’s best friend is a rubbish truck. Forget cutie prince and princesses – or indeed any other toys. It seems trash trucks are all the rage for preschoolers this Christmas. It has to be said that it is a pretty cute rubbish truck. And when Hank discovers that Trash Truck and his other animal friends don’t know about Christmas, he decides to get them up to speed and infuse their collective friendships with a festive spirit. Coincidentally, at a critical moment of present-delivery, Santa crash-lands nearby. Hank’s little troupe, that also includes a sweet bear, a funny raccoon and a motherly house mouse, then work together to save Christmas.
Cast: Max Keane has created this nostalgic little film. It’s a bit of a family affair, with his son, Henry, speaking the part of Hank, his wife Megan as Hank’s mum, and Max’s father (Glen Keane) as Trash Truck. Hank’s other best friends complete the cast, Donny the funny racoon (spoken by Lucas Neff), Walter the gorgeous black bear (spoken by Brian Baumgartner), and Miss Mona, the mouse who manages to come across as everyone’s favourite mum (spoken by Jackie Loeb). John DiMaggio strikes a warm and reassuring tone as Santa.
Filming and setting: Although it’s an American film, it is set in a warm place. There is not a snowflake in sight. The colours are lovely and the animations are charming.
Personal Comments: I searched in vein to find a less saccharine Christmas film for review this Friday. In the end I did the next best thing and I found the shortest. This one is endearing, and is worth 28 minutes of your time, particularly if you have a preschooler around the house this festive season. I’ve given A Trash Truck Christmas four stars. It made me smile, and somehow it felt too Ebenezer Scrooge-like not to.
I hope you all have a safe and happy 2021!