As we are told by narrator Kermit the Frog, everyone, from the tall to the small, is searching for the perfect tree. Mr. Willowby (an overly smirky Robert Downey Jr.) needs an evergreen for his party, as does the family of mice that lives under his house.
As Pa Mouse introduces his family to the tree tradition, Mr. Willowby’s lumberjacks chop down their chosen conifer, carrying the mice off with them.
Then, the tree’s top gets progressively smaller as it travels from hand to hand. Everyone resizes it to make the perfect tree.
Kids should enjoy the Muppet mouse kids, who are spirited and curious. And Leslie Nielsen makes a good impression as Willowby’s crusty butler. But forgettable songs are a bit much for Downey and Stockard Channing, and Downey swallows his dialogue of invented words. Kermit adds a touch of class.
Tech credits are merely OK.