Eloise at Christmastime Kay Thompson's kiddie-lit classic comes alive in a rawther predictable but totally adorable tinsel-trimmed TV movie, Eloise at Christmastime . Eloise still has her Christmas… Eloise at Christmastime Kay Thompson's kiddie-lit classic comes alive in a rawther predictable but totally adorable tinsel-trimmed TV movie, Eloise at Christmastime . Eloise still has her Christmas…
Movie on DVD Review

Eloise At Christmastime (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 16, 2004; DVD Release Date: Nov 16, 2004; With: Christine Baranski and Jeffrey Tambor; Distributor: ABC

Kay Thompson's kiddie-lit classic comes alive in a rawther predictable but totally adorable tinsel-trimmed TV movie, Eloise at Christmastime. Eloise still has her Christmas tree and pug-nosed canine companion Weenie, but even a 6-year-old needs a story line, so a Christmas Eve wedding/old-lady-in-peril plot is concocted to keep the little hellion occupied. Julie Andrews puts her Mary Poppins skills to marvelous use as Nanny, and whether sword-fighting with bellboy Bill (a very charming Gavin Creel) or terrorizing the prissy Prunella (Christine Baranski, purse-lipped perfection), Sofia Vassilieva is a darling Eloise. She'd have to be — why else would the Plaza hotel put up with her all these years?

EXTRAS In ''Absolutely Kay Thompson,'' illustrator Hilary Knight rhapsodizes about his late partner in print; in the making-of, a producer reveals that Andrews padded her bum for the part. And as an added bonus: Eloise in Paris diehards can enjoy the movie en français.

Originally posted Dec 20, 2004 Published in issue #798 Dec 24, 2004 Order article reprints
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