Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but as most of us have come to learn, Yuletide cheer is often a facade. The truth is that the holidays are a hectic time. This year, you can relieve some of your seasonal stress and get in the Christmas spirit by watching a half-human/half-robot Santa Claus kick mutant ass in Infinite Santa 8000.
Infinite Santa 8000 is like Max Max meets Adventure Time on Christmas. The project launched in 2010 as an animated web series of the same name. After building an audience of viewers with 13 successful installments, creators Michael Neel and Greg Ansin decided to try their hand at a feature film. You don’t have to be familiar with the series to enjoy the movie, although it does carry over the same characters.
The story takes place in the year 8000. The apocalypse has killed off the human race, leaving behind hybrid robot-people and mutants. Survival is not easy, and no one knows that better than Santa Claus (voiced by Duane Bruce) – or what’s left of him, at least. When the evil Dr. Shackleton (Tara Henry) kidnaps Martha (Henry as well) – the only other person remaining who possesses Christmas spirit – ol’ Saint Nick must battle his way through a myriad of science experiments gone wrong to save her.
Stylistically, Infinite Santa is more like a motion comic than a traditional cartoon. The animation style reminds me of that of Beavis and Butt-Head or Auqa Teen Hunger Force: offbeat and rough around the edges but not without artistic merit. The animators have certainly improved their efforts since the web series.
The film’s tone is largely action-based with a healthy dose of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and a dash of horror for good measure. The dark subject matter is played lightheartedly, hinting at humor but ultimately lacking comedy. It seems like a missed opportunity; some laughs would have helped move the film along during the dialogue-heavy scenes. Although targeted more toward adults, it would be appropriate for any kid mature enough handle cartoon violence and PG-13 language.
Infinite Santa 8000 proves to be easier to digest in 2- to 3-minute intervals as a web series than as a 91-minute feature, which suffers from some redundancy, but I would happily watch more of the saga in either format. It’s hard not to be entertained by robo-Santa battling an army of mutated beasts. The film certainly gains points for originality, and there’s a nice heavy metal score to boot. If you want something different to stuff your stocking with this year, look no further than Infinite Santa 8000.
Infinite Santa 8000 is available this week on VOD via Midnight Releasing.