I remember taking The Elder Son to see Prancer in the theater when it came out and not being especially impressed. This time I liked it much better. I wonder what the difference is. I think I might have been concerned about all that talk about some of the characters not believing in Santa Claus. I don't have to worry now that my kids will fall into such doubts. Sam Elliot is the widowed father of the little girl who finds Prancer.
You can see the Ebert/Roper review, including relevant clips, here. 2 thumbs up from them.