Everybody loves a good animated movie. With Christmas around the corner, pay a tribute to some masterpiece story-telling. Following are the top picks for our Christmas holiday special feel good, family films.
1. The Night Before Christmas
To start with the list, it’s only fair we start with the classic that is Tom and Jerry. This 1941 short film, is one of Tom and Jerry’s many great chases. A complete package with mousetraps, toys and candy, the movie will definitely take you back to your childhood. All about jumping and chasing around the Christmas tree and the gifts with a tinge of emotions of the Christmas feel. Earning the Academy Award nomination, it’s a fun watch of the ultimate pair.
2. Christmas Comes But Once A Year
This 1936 short film teaches everyone to be selfless. The film takes place in an orphanage with Professor Grampy playing the good Samaritan, making sure the children get their “once in a year” Christmas presents. A short animation of 8 mins, covering successfully the Christmas essence.
3. Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
This 1977 stop motion animation, revolves around Nestor, the outcast donkey with abnormally long ears. The film traces Nestor’s journey from pariah to hero through life’s ups and downs. Set in the Roman age and witnessing the birth of Jesus, the film showcases Nestor’s uniqueness as narrates Santa Claus’s donkey, Spieltoe.
4. The Little Match Girl
A short film with gorgeous animation and a beautiful angelic ending. This 1937 heart-breaking film is about a little girl who makes her living selling matchsticks. It is a reminder for everyone to be just a little bit kinder every day. Yes, it will leave with teary eyes in the end. All about dreams and hopes which everyone carries every Christmas, whether big or small, rich or poor.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton’s 1993 Classic celebrates Christmas in Halloween Town. This musical stop motion fantasy film proves to be quite the monstrous comedy. Coupling together Halloween and Christmas, as the two get along celebrating Christmas together. It has since then been re-released due to its fame and will always be a classic.
6. Santa and the Three Bears
This 1970 feature film is about two bear cubs who hear about Santa Claus from a park ranger and want to meet him, even if it means skipping hibernation, much to their mother’s dismay. Initially rejected by TV networks as the lack of a villain but later showed in theatre gathering the fame eventually and re-showcased on TV as a special.
7. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a collection of Winnie The Pooh Stories? This 2002 Animation is set on Pooh and his friends reminiscing about their past adventures right down to their New Year goals. It features the Christmas television special, Winnie the Pooh and Christmas too as well as the new film released in 2002 Happy Pooh year.
8. The Polar Express (2004)
This 2004 movie is a beautiful rendition of Chris Van Allsburg’s book. The film revolves around Billy and his journey to the North Pole aboard the mysterious Polar Express. The film focuses on the values of selflessness, friendship, bravery and strengthens faith in the spirit of Christmas. One of Tom Hanks best animation.
9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
A true Christmas classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer needs no descriptions. The 1948 film about the bullied Reindeer who rises to the occasion and saves Christmas is, without a doubt, a must watch. A classic Christmas treat in the backdrop of Rudolf, adventuring through becoming one of Santa’s reindeer.
10. Jack Frost
Another Christmas classic, this 1979 love story revolves around the immortal winter sprite, Jack Frost who falls in love with a human girl and gives up everything to save her.
11. The Little Drummer Boy
Another Christmas special, this 1968 Stop motion animation delivers the message of faith, hope, and love through the touching story of a sad little boy and his significance in the birth of baby Jesus. A much-loved film which later came up with a sequel, in the year 1976.
12. A Charlie Brown Christmas
This 1965 Television ‘Peanuts Gang’ Classic looks at the true meaning of Christmas through the organization of a play directed by Charlie Brown himself. The short comic score received worldwide acclaim and has been broadcast every year during the Christmas week.
13. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)
A famous Dr. Suess Classic, This 1966 film evokes the true meaning of Christmas by thawing the heart of even the cynical Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas from the who’s of whosville. It earned its stand at No. 1, among the 10 best Holiday special family movies.
14. A Christmas Carol
Another Christmas classic is this 1971 adaptation of Charles Dickens novel. Based in London, the film revolves around old man Alistair, who is visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, to remind him of faith and love.
15. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
Everybody loves Frosty the Snowman. This 1976 TV special, features Frosty, his new wife Crystal and Jack Frost, dealing with issues of loneliness and jealousy to bring about a happy ending.
16. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
A Mickey Mouse retelling of Charles Dickens Novella, the Disney animation reminds us of the joys of Christmas when the spirits of Christmas visit Scrooge McDuck.
17. Frosty the Snowman
Based on the song, this 1969 TV special revolves around beloved and jolly Frosty the Snowman who travels to the North Pole to escape melting as the temperature starts to rise.
18. Arthur Christmas
This 2011 animation is a light-hearted family comedy that revolves around Santa’s misfit son who must save a little girl’s Christmas from a technical glitch, before its time! Highlighting, how important Christmas is for everybody!
19. Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July
This 1979 animation is a TV special wherein which our two favorite characters, Rudolph and Frosty are set against each other by the evil Winterbolt and must rise to the occasion to save Christmas.
20. The Grinch
A modern rendition of the 1967 film and 2000 film(the one where Jim Carrey starred in), this 2018 version has 3D computer animation features. The Grinch voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch is definitely a movie to go for. The Grinch is once again behind stealing Christmas from his neighbors of Whoville, this one is a Bang on!
Grossing the highest among all the ‘Grinch movies’, the film also earned many nominations in Guild awards, Critics Choice Awards, and Kid’s Choice Awards.
21. An all dogs Christmas carol
More famously, considered as the canine version of ‘A Christmas Carol’. The film focuses around the dogs, Itchy and Charlie who go on an adventure to save the Christmas from Scarface and a demon named Belladona, who are set to ruin it for all. A direct-to-video animation made for TV release.