Ridicule is the Best Revenge.
Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, who gave glowing, 5-star reviews to each of the films, said he was not surprised by their poor financial performance.
“It’s sad, but hopefully these wonderful films will do much better in the overseas market,” said Ebert. “No matter how much down inside they know how Christmas is wrong, and Santa is wrong, it’s hard for Americans to see their elves portrayed in a balanced, realistic way, as tragically haunted sadistic pederasts. By contrast European filmgoers are much more sophisticated and educated, so they eat that shit right up.”
P.S.: “There’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.” Oh. Damn!