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Caillou's Holiday Movie is a 2003 Canadian animated Christmas film. It stars Annie Bovaird as Caillou, Pat Fry as Daddy, Jason Szwimmer as Elf, and Terry Simpson as Mailman. The film is based on the Canadian TV series Caillou. It was released direct-to-video on VHS and DVD on October 7, 2003 by Sony Wonder in Canada and Warner Home Video in the United States. It was re-released by NCircle Entertainment as part of Caillou's 25th Anniversary on November 11, 2014.
This is the first time that Caillou is voiced by Annie Bovaird, who would later voice him in the rest of the TV series' run. Bovaird replaced previous voice actress Jaclyn Linetsky, who died a month before the film's release. The film was dedicated to Linetsky’s memory. It is the only film based on the TV series. It also serves as the season finale to the third season of the series. It was also the final Caillou production to be produced by Cinar Corporation before the company’s closure and rebrand to Cookie Jar Group in 2004. It was also the final Caillou production before the series went on a three-year hiatus.
It's a very special holiday for Caillou when he learns about Christmas traditions around the world and the importance of giving and sharing. When Caillou wonders just how many days there are left until Christmas, his Daddy gives him a Christmas calendar featuring holiday traditions from countries around the world in every window. Caillou also goes tobogganing, learns how to ski and plays Hanukkah games with his friend Leo. Caillou also gives away some of his toys when he learns about children around the world that are in need of toys such as his old ones he no longer plays with. Caillou's little sister Rosie also gets in on the Christmas fun. When Mom offers to help Rosie with making gifts, Rosie decides to try it on her own. The film features several songs performed by the cast of the film including "Where Christmas is Not The Same", "Eight Days to Go", and "Everyday" performed by French-Canadian artist Marilou.
Why It Rocks
- It's a great pleasure from a PBS Kids TV Show.
- Marilou's "Everyday" is a great song better than the terrible Smash Mouth's "All Star".
- The show finally improved the later seasons after the movie's success.
- That made Caillou now, a likeable character, that he wasn’t in the show.
- Amazing Soundtrack.
The Only Bad Quality
- Jaclyn Linetsky was the first one to portray Caillou in the film, but she died on September 17, 2003 by car crash.