Top 10 Animated Christmas Movies
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There’s simply no beating these holiday classics. For this list, we’ll be looking at some of the greatest animated Christmas films and yes, we’ll be including TV specials. Our list includes “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), “The Polar Express” (2004), “Arthur Christmas” (2011), and more! Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Animated Christmas Movies.
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10) “The Polar Express” (2004)
9) “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974)
8) “Arthur Christmas” (2011)
7) “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1970)
6) “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
5) “Frosty the Snowman” (1969)
4) “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983)
3, 2 & 1???
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So many Christmas specials that are only 30 minutes long I thought were full-length movies as a kid because of a horrible sense of time, and just assuming that anything that isn't a TV series is automatically feature length. Was shocked when I got older, and realized how many aren't nearly as long as I thought.
Tokyo Godfathers should be on here - yes it's more adult than the others on the list, but it is still a beautiful, and moving movie that has Christmas at its center, and it's a great offbeat Christmas film.
Top 5 Christmas Movies
1. Die Hard
2. A Christmas Carol (Must Be Watched In Black and White With Alistair Sim as Scrooge ... to watch it in color is to ruin the entire aesthetic of the movie)
3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (OG Cartoon)
4. Charlie Brown Christmas
5. Merry Christmas, Mr Bean
Couldn't we wait until *AFTER* Thanksgiving for this list? It's not like it would kill anyone. Also, you could probably do an entire list of Rankin/Bass Christmas specials because there are that many timeless ones.
As for the list itself:
10. Way too low. It's an underrated gem that you also failed to mention was based on a pulitizer prize winning children's book of the same name. And it featured recorded sounds from an actual steam locomotive, Pere Marquette 1225.
9. Not well known, are you kidding me?! This special is among the most iconic of all Rankin/Bass specials, and for good reason. Also, I find your lack of the Meiser Brothers and Iggy disturbing, they were a big part of the charm.
8. Haven't seen it myself, but might have to look into it. Though was that Mike Meyers I was hearing? Because it sure sounded like Shrek.
7. Well, ABC in recent years has allowed most of the cut songs to come back, including "My World is Beginning Today". The Freeform Broadcast doesn't include them.
6. I always feel like it's more of a Halloween than a Christmas movie, especially since a lot of the songs involve Halloween themes. It's a weird hybrid to be sure, but you didn't touch on the film's impressive soundtrack, including Danny Elfman's outstanding singing voice.
5. A perfect fit for a timeless classic.
4. I know we're talking animated, but I think the best adaptation of the novel has to go to The Muppets. It's a bit out of left field for them considering their usual comedic works, but it shows they can be serious if need be. Mickey's Christmas Carol is still nice though, it even had some of the old school Disney animators come back to work on it.
3. The HD restoration isn't exactly flawless, it poorly syncs up "We're a couple of misfits" with the instrumental track "Fame and Fortune". And technically, the special originally premiered in black and white, but since 1965 it has repeatedly been broadcast in color.
2. Hard to say whether it deserves that spot or the next spot. I kind of lean towards making it number one because of its message. Fun fact: The producers were very nervous about Linus quoting the bible in the now iconic scene, they were worried it would be against the rules.
1. The animation is courtesy of the legendary Chuck Jones who worked on Looney Tunes in the 30's and 40's, and you didn't touch on Borris Karloff's brilliant narration and voice work. Heck, Dr. Seuss himself was involved in the production (under his real name of Theodore Gizel). Props for not mentioning the 2000 live action version with Jim Carrey or the recent Illiumination Pictures version. They'll never hold a candle to this original masterpiece.
I shunned *Arthur Christmas* when it played in theaters for two reasons....first,I was under the mistaken belief at the time that Aardman had abandoned the stop-motion they do so well for the flashier medium of CGI. Second,the initial trailer,with its emphasis on the super-efficient toy-delivery methods of the elves, made it look like the movie was ripping off the *Prep & Landing* shorts....it took the Nostalgia Critic to make me realize I'd missed out on a theatrical showing of a great holiday film.
Not 100% sure if it would be considered a Christmas movie/film but I remember being on tv most years around Chrismas time when I was younger a thing called Father Christmas, it was about Father Christmas & he decided to have bit of a break so he went on holiday to France & ends up getting food poisoning while there
The polar express will always remain one of my favorites! I remember watching it in theaters with my entire class and after that many schools were competing in a school play and my class got chosen to do the polar express, I'll never forget that magical day at elementary school.
Rankin/Bass will always be my favorite things to watch during Christmas. I loved them as a kid, I still love them today.
I’m sorry but the Muppet’s Christmas Carol is far more better than the Mickey version.
DAMN DA MERRY-NESS,, EITHER RUDOLPH OF THE GRINCH BETTER BE #1 &/OR #2.... EITHER OR!!!!! OOOORRRRRR ITS GON BE SOME MF VIOLENCE THIS XMAS... (as if we dont already expect it thanks to trump and all these "all of a sudden" domestic terrorist events) jus a little nightmare before yo xmas
Unfortunately, most of my favorite specials aren't listed...but then again, they aren't as well-known. "Bill & Opus: A Wish for Wings that Work"; "Nestor, the Long-Eared Donkey"; "Little Drummer Boy"; "Max Lucado's A Christmas Fruitcake"; "VeggieTales: The Toy That Saved Christmas". Then there are the actual MOVIES: "The Nativity Story"; "The Gathering" (a 1977 TV-Movie); "Ebbie"; "Miracle on 34th Street" (the original); and, of course, "It's A Wonderful Life". No Christmas is complete without all of those, "Charlie Brown Christmas" (which SHOULD have been #1) and the original Grinch.
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