Pettson och Findus 3: Tomtemaskinen (2005, SWE/DAN/GER) C-79m. *** D: Jorgen Lerdam, Andres Sörensen. Starring (the voices of) Tord Peterson, Lukas Larsson, Gunnar Uddén. Charming animated feature, the third in the Petterson (Pettson) and Findus series, which in turn was based on a book by Sven Nordqvist (which also inspired a TV series). This one has festive flavor as the old eremite and his talking cat prepare for Christmas. Findus wants to see Santa Claus, so Pett(er)son decides to invent a Santa machine. Sub-standard animation is completely outdone by movie's old-fashioned charm. German title: MORGEN, FINDUS, WIRD'S WAS GEBEN.

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