Picks and Pans Review: Candy Claus

updated 12/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/21/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

A not-too-distant cousin of Pinocchio, Candy is an animated character who starts out as a doll and comes to life when a grateful family gives her to Santa and Mrs. Claus. She then goes through 30 minutes of very prosaic experiences that have to do with wanting to fit in. She runs into the villain Oh No and the good guy Prof. Mustknow, who for no apparent reason affects a passable Jimmy Stewart imitation. The story ends rather abruptly, with Candy discovering she has a brother (Oh No has kidnapped him). This may leave children feeling frustrated, even when they learn there are sequels planned, the next due at Easter (will she change her name to Candy Eggs?). Candy Claus has been adopted by the American Lung Association, and part of the sale price of this tape will go to that organization—from 70 cents to $1.20 per tape, depending on local distributors' contributions. In an introduction designed for video retailers, Celebrity Home Entertainment senior vice-president Peter Pidutti notes, "This program gives us all the chance to help fight crippling lung diseases," and Celebrity president Noel C. Bloom adds, "And at the same time enjoy very merry holiday sales and a ho-ho-whole lot of profits." (Celebrity, $19.95) —R.N. (T.N. declined to watch this tape, explaining he would rather play with his robots.)

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