There’s a sweet family film with an enduring message about never giving up buried somewhere in this bloated, candy-colored Christmas musical about an eccentric inventor (is there any other kind?) whose ingenious creations are stolen by his apprentice. The pre-pubescent target audience will have a hard time making it to the climactic scene (which involves the rescue of a WALL-E-looking robot from corrupt toymaker Keegan-Michael Key) while their parents will no doubt be checking their watches for the forty minutes that follow it. With Forest Whitaker, Madalen Mills, Phylicia Rashad, Ricky Martin, and Kieron L. Dyer. Directed by David E. Talbert.