The Magic Christmas Tree
|The Magic Christmas Tree|
|Directed by||Richard C. Parish|
|Produced by||Fred C. Gerrior|
|Written by||Harold Vaughn Taylor|
Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei
Willard W. Willingham (as Bill Willingham)
|Music by||Victor Kirk|
|Distributed by||Holiday Pictures / Orrin Films|
Three boys are walking home from school on the afternoon of Halloween. On the way home, one boy, Mark, agrees to help a strange old woman to get her cat, Lucifer, out of a tree. Mark climbs the tree, but falls and is knocked unconscious. When Mark wakes up, he discovers that the old woman is really a witch. The witch gives Mark a magic ring, and tells him that if he plants the seeds inside a magic tree will grow. On Thanksgiving, Mark performs the magic spell that the witch taught him, and a magic evergreen tree grows overnight in the back yard. Mark's father tries to cut down the tree, but to no avail. Later, on Christmas Eve, the Magic Tree comes to life, and grants Mark three wishes. The boy first wishes for one hour of absolute power, which he promptly abuses. Mark's second wish is to have Santa Claus all to himself. When Mark sees the unhappiness his selfishness causes, however, he uses his third wish to return Santa Claus to the children of the world. On Christmas Day, Mark wakes up, and realizes that the entire adventure was all a dream.
In the style of The Wizard of Oz, The Magic Christmas Tree presents a full-color dream sequence bracketed by black-and-white 'reality' sequences. It was filmed in La Verne, California on an extremely low budget.
The Magic Christmas Tree was released on VHS by Goodtimes in 1992. It has been marketed in a two-pack with the Mexican film Santa Claus. In 2010, the film was parodied by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of RiffTrax, and has been called one of the worst and most depressing holiday films of all time.