Picks and Pans Review: Tukiki and His Search for a Merry Christmas

updated 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

A search for the spirit of Christmas often seems to be the theme in this kind of seasonal story. Just when you thought you'd found it, it gets lost again. The hero seeker in this case is an adorable little animated Eskimo boy with a bunch of spoilsport friends, including a smart-aleck walrus and a self-involved moose. Surrounded by such malcontents, Tukiki is puzzled as to what all the seasonal happiness is about—until the magical North-wind (with breezy voice provided by Sterling Holloway) pops up to take him to households around the world. Gentle, comforting, and featuring first-rate animation, Tukiki (originally a 1979 television production) also offers a survey on holiday customs. There's even charm in the weird little Swedish elves, identified by Kate as "probably roaches." (Congress, $14.95; 800-847-8273)

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