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Top 40 Best Christmas Cartoons To Watch In 2022

AishwaryaAishwarya-Posted Dec 6, 2022


Top 40 Best Christmas Cartoons Of All Time

 

December is here, and soon it will be Christmas time. To set the mood for the holiday season, the best thing to do is watch a few good Christmas cartoons.

 

They remind us all of the fun, joy, hope, and festive spirit that spread through the entire family. Nothing can kick start your holiday better than childhood Christmas cartoons.

 

So, ENTOIN has a list of X-Mas cartoons that will remind you of those warm cozy quilts, hot chocolate with marshmallows, fights to decorate the Christmas tree, etc.

 

Let us not waste any more time. Bring out your tree and start decorating it with a nice, fun movie playing in the background.

 

If it's time to pack all the holiday gifts that you've brought, then let us help you stay entertained with new and old cartoons that reflect the season of giving blessings and warmth to everyone.

 

Here is a list of 40 top Christmas cartoons that you should not miss.

 

 

40. Saving Santa (2013)

 

Saving Santa (2013)

 

Saving Santa is a Christmas adventure where a small inventor elf is tasked with finding and bringing back Santa Claus before Christmas day.

 

The biggest secret of Santa Claus is about to be blown by the extra naughty mother-son duo Vera and Neville Baddington.

 

Bernard is a lowly inventor elf who creates new toys that he hopes will impress Santa. However, his inventions are ridiculed yet again, and he becomes depressed with failure.

 

Before he can sink further into sadness, disaster strikes, and Santa is kidnapped by the Baddingtons. Only Bernard can use Santa’s time globe and rescue the genial old man before Christmas Eve.

 

 

39. Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)

 

Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)

 

Christmas Carol: The Movie is an animated film that starts in live-action. The story starts in Boston, where an author, Dickens, is narrating the famous Christmas carol story to an audience that is listening with rapt attention.

 

As the story of Ebenezer Scrooge begins, we enter the animated world of London city. Scrooge is visited by the three ghosts of the past, present, and future.

 

They each point out the flaws of Scrooge’s behavior, his attitude, and the impact it has on people around him and himself too.

 

The film was a box-office disappointment, but the song ‘What If’ became very popular. It was sung by Kate Winslet but she later said that she was not too happy with her voice.

 

 

38. Jingle Bells (1999)

 

Jingle Bells (1999)

 

Jingle Bells is an animated TV movie about Christmas time for an underprivileged family. The animated film follows the way Christmas magic works to bring joy to the family despite facing financial difficulties.

 

A poor family, who is living in America is dreading the holiday season. They are facing tough financial times and do not have money for presents.

 

The family wants to give each other something to share during Christmas time so they decide to sell the only precious thing that they have left with them.

 

However, they find something more precious that adds value and warmth to their holiday season.

 

 

37. Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017)

 

Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017)

 

Olaf's Frozen Adventure is a holiday-themed animated video created by Walt Disney studios based on a story from Jac Schaeffer.

 

The film was telecast on ABC network for the Holidays in 2017. It went on to be nominated for multiple Annie Awards.

 

It is the first holiday season since the gates of Arendelle have been opened, and every family in the town has moved out to celebrate their special Christmas tradition.

 

This reminds the sisters Elsa and Anna that they have no special tradition. Seeing their sad faces, Olaf sets out to pick the best Christmas traditions from all the families and create a memorable holiday for his friends.

 

Many of the traditions that Olaf collects are actual Scandinavian traditions.

 

 

36. Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure (2012)

 

Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure (2012)

 

Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure, also known as Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble. It is a computer-animated 3D film made by Finnish-Danish and Irish companies as a collaboration.

 

The film is a sequel to The Flight Before Christmas. Niko is a little reindeer who has to save his little brother before Christmas.

 

His brother has gone missing, and to save him, Niko needs the help of all his friends and family.

 

The film is a heartwarming tale about the importance of family and loved ones, especially around the holiday season.

 

This film was the third animated 3D film made in Finland and was one of the costliest films too.

 

 

35. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

 

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

 

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is a Christmas special short film from Walt Disney and one of the two sequels made from the 1991 animated film.

 

The video was considered successful as over 7 million VHS tapes of it were sold in 1997 alone. In the film, the Beast prohibits Belle and the staff from celebrating Christmas as he says he hates the festival.

 

However, Belle decides to give him a Christmas that he would fall in love with and make him look forward to the festival from now onward.

 

She enlists the help of the staff to redecorate the whole palace. The entire cast from the 1991 original had reprised their role except for Hal Smith, who passed away, and Bradley Pierce, whose voice was no longer young enough for Chip.

 

 

34. The Flight Before Christmas (2008)

 

The Flight Before Christmas (2008)

 

The Flight Before Christmas is a Finnish film that was co-produced by Germany, Denmark, and Ireland. The movie was the costliest film made in Finland, and it was a 3D computer-animated movie based on the Christmas theme.

 

Niko is a young reindeer whose father is one of Santa’s reindeer. He too dreams of flying like his father, but he has a crippling fear of heights.

 

When he hears that Santa and his reindeer have had a mishap somewhere near the North Pole, Niko has to overcome his fear and go to their rescue.

 

To help him in this mission is Julius, a clumsy flying squirrel. The film spawned a sequel titled Niko 2: Little Brother, Big Trouble.

 

 

33. Barbie in 'A Christmas Carol' (2008)

 

Barbie in 'A Christmas Carol' (2008)

 

Barbie in 'A Christmas Carol' is a computer-animated film of the famous doll, Barbie, from Mattel Entertainment. It is the fourteenth Barbie film and the first film where Barbie is not the titular character.

 

This Christmas special film with Barbie is a retelling of the famous Dickensian tale. Kelly, Barbie’s sister, plans to skip the Children’s hospital charity ball in favor of curling up at home and eating cookies.

 

To change her mind, Barbie narrates the story of Eden Starling, who refused to allow her team to celebrate Christmas to continue rehearsing for the upcoming show.

 

 

32. Santa's Apprentice (2010)

 

Santa's Apprentice (2010)

 

Santa's Apprentice is a French animated film that was inspired by the TV series SantApprentice. The film was dubbed into the local language of Australia and America.

 

The movie has a Christmas-themed story where Santa Claus has to find and train his replacement. The current Santa Claus is approaching his retirement age, and he needs to find an apprentice who can take over after he retires.

 

One of the main stipulations for the new apprentice is that the young boy should be an orphan with the name Nicholas.

 

He should also have a pure heart. Nicholas Barnsworth is the perfect fit for the role, yet there is a small glitch.

 

He is afraid of heights and suffers from low self-confidence. Will Santa be able to train him and make him the right fit before the time is up?

 

 

31. Bah Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)

 

Bah Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)

 

Bah Humduck!: A Looney Tunes Christmas is a Christmas special from the team of The Looney Tunes Show. We see most of the cast and characters of the cartoon series playing parts in the film about "A Christmas Carol". Daffy Duck portrays the role of present-day Ebenezer Scrooge, who is a miser.

 

He is a killjoy who hates the holiday season and lacks the holiday spirit. He is visited by the three Christmas ghosts of the past, present, and future.

 

They show the greedy duck, all the bad deeds he did, his dark psyche that fuels his greed, his repressed joy, and help him heal.

 

 

30. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2008)

 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2008)

 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas is a Christmas special film based on the American animated TV series. The series follows the adventures of The Man With the Yellow hat and his monkey Curious George.

 

It is an educational and entertaining TV series that was telecast on PBS Kids. This movie, Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas, was the only Curious George special that was telecast on TV rather than premiering in a theater.

 

The film follows the build-up of Christmas spirit between George and the Man in the Yellow hat. They both eagerly await the holidays but are, as yet, undecided about what to gift each other.

 

They both get into the holiday spirit, spread joy, and plan the best gift for the other.

 

 

29. Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)

 

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979)

 

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July is a Christmas-Independence Day special movie produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. The film was made in Japan using the company’s Animagic stop-motion animation style.

 

At the North Pole, an evil snow wizard called Winterbolt is wreaking havoc with the weather and the land.

 

To control and contain him, Lady Boreal, the Queen of Northern Lights uses all her magic to put him into a deep sleep.

 

With the last of her power, she gives Rudolph a red nose that will stop glowing as soon as evil magic is in the air.

 

However, Winterbolt is awake, and with his control of the weather, the winter chill has extended into July. Santa Claus, Jack Frost, and all the iconic winter characters have to come together to set the weather right and stop Winterbolt.

 

 

28. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)

 

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)

 

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas is the Christmas special made by the team of Ice Age between the third and the fourth movies.

 

The film brings back the entire main cast with a few additional members for this special. It was telecast on Fox network in 2011 and later released on DVDs.

 

In this film, the whole gang is preparing to celebrate Christmas with Manny’s family heirloom of Christmas rock. They decorate the entire place with stockings, a tree, gifts, etc.

 

With his usual clumsy style, Sid accidentally destroys Manny’s family heirloom along with Eddie and Crash. With this, the trio is added to Santa’s naughty list.

 

Sid and the gang set out to get their names off the list but create more trouble. The whole gang has to work to save Christmas.

 

 

27. Shrek the Halls (2007)

 

Shrek the Halls (2007)

 

Shrek the Halls is a Christmas TV special based on the characters of the film franchise. It takes place between the two films, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After.

 

The film brings back all the main cast in a half-hour special with a Christmas theme. Shrek and Fiona are finally settled in their swamp with the triplets when Donkey comes along and insists on celebrating Christmas.

 

Shrek denies it and says that ogres don’t have Christmas, yet in the end, he relents to the pressure and decides to do something different in his ogre-like style.

 

This leads to a new adventure with all the magical creatures coming together for the festival. The TV special was telecasted in November 2007 and December 2008 to great ratings and viewership.

 

The following year the rating fell after repeating it two more times.

 

 

26. Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

 

Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

 

Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas is the sequel to the earlier film Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas from 1999.

 

The film follows a similar theme of narrating Christmas theme stories, with the characters being played by Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, and all the friends.

 

The narrator starts with his usual introduction and narrates Christmas stories of giving, sharing, joy, family, and togetherness. The stories narrated include Belles on Ice, Christmas: Impossible, Donald's Gift, etc.

 

The film is the first-time CG animation was used on characters like Minnie, Daisy, Goofy, Max, Scrooge, Huey, Duey, and Louie.

 

Although Mickey made his CG debut in The Muppets 3D version earlier, This was a wholly CG-animated Mickey Mouse and friends movie.

 

 

25. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)

 

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)

 

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year is another Christmas special in the series of Winnie The Pooh films.

 

They had earlier made another Christmas television special for the Holiday season. In this film, Owl is notably absent from the character list that celebrates the festival.

 

Pooh is trying to decorate the Christmas tree and accidentally knocks down the shelf. This inadvertently causes all his gifts to fall.

 

He had hidden them on the shelf, but he can no longer hide them. The rest of the film follows Pooh as he struggles to hide the gifts from his friends while also participating in the festive revelry and Christmas tree decoration.

 

During the party, all the guests suddenly switch their personalities for another and pretend to be the other person for a while.

 

 

24. Merry Madagascar (2009)

 

Merry Madagascar (2009)

 

Merry Madagascar is the Christmas special from the cast of Madagascar. The half-hour animated short film was made after the first film, and the characters are still feeling homesick for New York.

 

Santa Claus and his sleigh have crash-landed in Madagascar after Julien meddled with their flight. Santa Claus has sadly lost his memory and is incapable of delivering all the toys around the world in time.

 

As his reindeer are worrying about what to do next, Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melvin step up to the task.

 

In the crashed airplane with all the Juliennuary gifts, King Julien speaks to the skeleton of Amelia. It is about Amelia Earhart, who was the first woman pilot to try to circumnavigate the globe.

 

 

23. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)

 

Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)

 

Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse is another Christmas special movie from the Mickey Mouse franchise.

 

However, the film is the first Christmas special and the first movie in the spin-off series of the House of Mouse animated TV series.

 

Mickey Mouse and all his friends are gathered at the House of Mouse when they are snowed in due to inclement weather.

 

They decide to have their own Christmas party in typical Mickey mouse style. As everyone is getting into the festive spirit, Donald Duck continues to resist.

 

This leads to Mickey showing him all the ways that the series has embodied the Christmas spirit and spread joy.

 

 

22. The Polar Express (2004)

 

The Polar Express (2004)

 

The Polar Express is an animated Christmas film based on the 1985 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.

 

The film used Live-action and motion capture CGI animation that was still in its early days. The film had a disappointing run at the box office in its initial run, yet its re-release was more successful.

 

The plot is about a magical train called the Polar Express. It stops in front of a young lad’s window on Christmas eve and offers him a ride to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus.

 

Along the way, the boy and the train's inhabitants encounter many adventures that teach each of them a valuable lesson and lead to self-discovery.

 

Three different actors played the part of the Hero Boy. Darryl Sabara did the voice acting, Tom Hanks did the motion capture and the adult voice, and Josh Hutcherson did the additional motion capture.

 

 

21. A Christmas Carol (2009)

 

A Christmas Carol (2009)

 

A Christmas Carol is another animated retelling of the famous tale of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This version stays true to the original plot and characters, with the story concentrating on the actual miser Ebenezer Scrooge from Victorian-era London.

 

The film was created with the same motion capture CGI animation work used in The Polar Express and Beowulf.

 

Jim Carey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright-Penn, Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth, etc., portray the main characters. On Christmas eve, the Christmas spirit visits the house of a famous miser, Ebenezer Scrooge.

 

The spirit leads Scrooge on a journey with the Ghost of Christmas past, present, and future to help him see the error in his ways.

 

They remind Scrooge of the mistakes he has done, the experiences he forgot, and the future that awaits him if he stays on this path.

 

 

20. The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (2000)

 

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (2000)

 

The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus is a direct-to-video animated film that depicts the birth of the legend of Santa Claus.

 

The film is based on the novel of the same name by L. Frank Baum, written in 1902. This magical tale of fairies, immortals, and nymphs gives us its take on the legend and its birth.

 

In a distant forest of Burzee, all the magical beings lived a peaceful existence. One day, they find an orphan boy abandoned in the woods.

 

He is raised and cared for by the woodland creatures who teach him good values and kindness. When he grows up, the boy, Nicholas, is left at the nearest village.

 

Seeing the cruel life of humans and the abuse of the wicked ruler, Nicholas slowly changes the world by comforting the children and showing them kindness.

 

He starts the tradition of giving toys and gifts to them, which develops into the Christmas tradition of Santa Claus.

 

 

19. Angela's Christmas (2017)

 

Angela's Christmas (2017)

 

Angela's Christmas is an Irish short animated film based on the story from a book by Frank McCourt titled Angela and the Baby Jesus.

 

The story is a heartwarming tale set in Ireland during the 1910s. In Ireland, during the 1910s, the winter was particularly cold and harsh.

 

Angela, a little child, is taught by her mother that little children, babies, and all should be kept warm and snug in cold weather.

 

When she sees the crib of baby Jesus, out in the open and cold, she decides to keep him warm and snug like her mother taught her.

 

This leads to fun and confusion for everyone. The story of Angela is inspired by the events in the life of the author’s mother.

 

The tale is narrated by Malachy McCourt, who is the author’s younger brother.

 

 

18. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

 

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

 

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is the first film in the series, and its sequel, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, was released in 2004.

 

Like that film, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is an anthology of comedy and fantasy stories told through the characters of Mickey Mouse and his friends.

 

In this film, Mickey and his friends tell us three Christmas-themed stories, Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas, A Very Goofy Christmas, and Mickey and Minnie's Gift of the Magi.

 

In the first story, we see Donald Duck and his family does a retelling of Groundhog Day. In the next story, Goofy is seen trying to convince Max and Pete about the existence of Santa Claus.

 

The last story is about the Three Magi. In the segment, A Very Goofy Christmas, the escape scenes in the mall were all parodies of Indiana Jones films.

 

 

17. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

 

The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

 

The Little Drummer Boy is a biblical tale based on the song of the same name. The tale inspired by this song was produced by Rankin/Bass Production house for a Canadian TV channel.

 

It was telecast as a half-hour Christmas special in 1968 and later telecast in the USA on NBC network.

 

The story is about a little boy, Aaron, whose carefree and happy life is disrupted when his farm is attacked by thieves.

 

He is kidnapped along with his farm animals by a circus master for his drumming skills. Along the way, he meets the three magi, who are following the star of Bethlehem.

 

They take Aaron along with them to heal his animals. As a gift, Aaron plays the little drum for baby Jesus.

 

The production that created this animated short also made four more Christmas films by then.

 

 

16. Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)

 

Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)

 

Olive, the Other Reindeer is a Christmas special film that was created based on the children’s book of the same name written by Steve Young.

 

The film is a 2D Stop-Motion animated film made for TV and telecast in 1999 after Futurama. The story of the book was created based on a mondegreen, a misheard lyric.

 

The famous Christmas carol "Rudolph the Red-nose reindeer" has a line that says "All of the other reindeer", which is often misheard as "Olive, the other reindeer".

 

Olive is a Jack Russell terrier who hears the news that Christmas was canceled as Blitzer, a reindeer, was injured.

 

Santa confirms that if "all of the other reindeer" were healthy, he can still make it. Olive’s pet flea hears this as "Olive, the other reindeer" and urges Olive to go to the North Pole to help Santa.

 

 

15. Arthur Christmas (2011)

 

Arthur Christmas (2011)

 

Arthur Christmas is a computer-animated Christmas-themed fantasy comedy. The film was directed by Sarah Smith and Barry Cook. The movie has an all-star cast of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Ashley Jansen, and more.

 

Malcolm Claus is the 20th and current Santa, who is managing the North Pole. However, his business-oriented son, Steven Claus, manages the computerized system like a military operation.

 

When one of the kids is missed on the delivery route, Santa’s younger son Arthur takes it upon himself to deliver the gift.

 

To help Arthur, his grandad, the 19th Santa, also jumps into action. What follows is one mishap after another till the gift is delivered.

 

The film was purposely given a distinct British accent to make it sound quirky.

 

 

14. Annabelle's Wish (1997)

 

Annabelle's Wish (1997)

 

Annabelle's Wish is a heartwarming Christmas tale that is based on the short story, Clarabell the Christmas Cow, written by Dan Henderson.

 

This direct-to-video film was telecast on Hallmark Home Entertainment in 1997. The story is about a young boy, who is born mute.

 

He befriends a calf, Annabelle, who can speak. Annabelle wishes to join Santa’s team of reindeer and pull his sleigh.

 

Both the boy and Annabelle form a strong bond of friendship, understand each other’s wishes, and support each other in their hour of need.

 

In a sad coincidence, the narrator of the story, Randy Travis, suffered a stroke in 2013 and lost his voice. He was barely able to communicate till 2016.

 

 

13. Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too (1991)

 

Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too (1991)

 

Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too is another Christmas special television film from Walt Disney based on the characters from A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the -Pooh.

 

The film was based on the Disney TV series, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. In this film, everybody is preparing for Christmas in the Hundred Acre Forest and Christopher Robin’s home. Christopher Robin collects a list of gifts from all his friends and sends the list to Santa Claus.

 

However, he forgets Pooh, and Pooh realizes on Christmas Eve that he did not give his wish. This leads to a mad rush by Pooh to get the letter back and resend it after adding his wish to the list.

 

 

12. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

 

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

 

Frosty the Snowman is a Christmas-themed TV special that was aired after another special, A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1969.

 

It was very popular and was the fifth animated Christmas production of Rankin/Bass productions. Both Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass wanted to recreate the look of old Christmas cards with animation work, so they employed the illustrators of greeting cards and MAD magazine to draw the background characters.

 

The story of Frosty the Snowman follows a magical top hat. It brings a snowman to life after it is placed on its head.

 

Frosty then befriends a little girl and a bunch of schoolchildren who love to play with him. They soon realize that Frosty will melt when spring arrives.

 

They all plan to send Frosty on a freight train to the North Pole. The problem is that the Magician whose hat gave life to Frosty wants his hat back.

 

 

11. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)

 

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962)

 

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol is the first Christmas TV special made specifically for TV audiences. It was created based on the characters of UPA’s Mr. Magoo.

 

The story was a retelling of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. In this TV special, Mr. Magoo portrays Ebenezer Scrooge, who was a famous miser.

 

He never showed an ounce of kindness to his employees. On one special Christmas eve, he was visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future to change him for the better.

 

Scrooge refers to the Christmas spirit as humbug. He has a deep-seated hatred for the fake sincerity and false charity displayed by people during Christmas. As a result, he hates the festival.

 

 

10. Rise of the Guardians (2012)

 

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

 

Rise of the Guardians is a tale about the creation of various guardians who protect children by the Man in The Moon.

 

The film story is based on the stories The Guardians of Childhood and The Man in the Moon by William Joyce.

 

According to the legend, the Man In The Moon is the one who created all guardians, namely Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, Easter Bunny, and now, Jack Frost.

 

These guardians are all created to represent and present each aspect of children, like their innocence, giving/sharing nature, fun, curiosity, etc.

 

When Jack Frost is made a guardian, all the other guardians come together to help him understand his role and also to fight off the evil villain Pitch Black who brings nightmares.

 

 

9. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)

 

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)

 

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is another Rankin/Bass production that employs stop-motion animation style and Animagic from Japan.

 

The film tells a story about the Christmas traditions that surround Santa Claus and is narrated by Fred Astaire, who voices S. D. Kluger.

 

The story is narrated by Kluger and he responds to queries about Santa Claus. The story is about where the traditions started.

 

He introduces us to the evil Burgermeister and his tyrannical laws that stifle the townsfolk. At a time like this, a pure-hearted, kind boy called Kris Kringle slowly starts to bring about a change in the lives of townsfolk with his toys.

 

The earlier versions of the film telecast had a small mishap where the audience could see the hand of a man and a flash bulb before the flashbulb creates light flashes. This mistake was correct in later telecasts.

 

 

8. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

 

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

 

The Year Without a Santa Claus is a stop-motion animation film that is based on the story of the same name written by Phyllis McGinley.

 

The film takes a look at a time when Santa became weary and almost gave up on his task.

 

Santa Claus has fallen sick, and his doctor suggests a few changes in his routine. However, he is weary and believes that people do not have faith in him anymore.

 

He decides to skip the holiday season that year. Afraid that Santa will quit, Mrs. Claus asks for the help of two elves, Jingle and Jangle.

 

They set out with a little reindeer to restore people’s faith in Santa. It is not an easy task, but there are always Christmas miracles ready to happen.

 

The film was made as a sequel to Santa Claus is Comin’ into Town. We see the same painting as the one in the town hall from that movie, hanging in Santa’s bedroom.

 

 

7. Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

 

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)

 

Mickey's Christmas Carol is the Mickey Mouse version of Charles Dickens’ story, A Christmas Carol. The animated film was produced by Walt Disney Productions and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1984.

 

Uncle Scrooge plays the miser Ebenezer Scrooge while Mickey and Donald play his employees, who are forced to overwork during the festive season.

 

To help Uncle Scrooge recognize his Christmas spirit, Goofy appears as the Christmas ghost and awakens his kind heart.

 

The film was memorable also for being the last performance of Clarence Nash as Donald Duck. It also introduced Wayne Allwine as Mickey Mouse.

 

 

6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas special TV movie based on the Christmas carol titled Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

 

The story of the film revolves around the titular Rudolph, who was ostracized for his unique red nose till he found his purpose.

 

In the film, Rudolph is rejected from the Reindeer games for his red nose. Disappointed, he, along with other outcasts like Hermey the elf and Yukon Cornelius, travel to an island of misfit toys.

 

Seeing their plight, Rudolph vows to ask Santa for help. However, Santa himself is fogged in with his sleigh at the North Pole.

 

When he sees Rudolph’s shiny red nose, Santa gets a brilliant idea. In the original version from 1964, there is no mention of the misfit toys after Rudolph joins Santa’s team.

 

A large number of children complained about this to the producers, so Rankin/Bass added an extra scene showing Rudolph leading the sleigh to the island where Santa rescues them.

 

 

5. The Snowman (1982)

 

The Snowman (1982)

 

The Snowman is a unique Christmas-themed animated short film. This half-hour movie is based on the picture book of the same name by Raymond Briggs.

 

The film has no dialogue, but all the content is delivered through the musical score. There is only a single song, Walking in the Air, as the central theme.

 

The movie is about a little boy who builds a snowman on the eve of Christmas. The snowman comes alive and takes the little boy on a magical journey to the North Pole, where he meets Santa Claus.

 

The movie was telecast on Britain’s Channel 4 and met with an overwhelmingly positive response. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

 

 

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a TV movie made by Chuck Jones, who also made the Tom and Jerry Cartoon series.

 

The film is based on the famous children’s book of the same name written by Dr. Seuss. The film was narrated by Boris Karloff, who also voiced the Grinch.

 

The Grinch is a lonely, hateful, and envious creature who lives far from the village of Whoville. He looks down on the whos of Whoville and sneers at him in contempt.

 

As Christmas approaches, the Grinch is irritated by the merry and joyful village as it prepares for the festive season.

 

Out of spite, the Grinch schemes to steal all their festive decorations to spoil their mood. Boris Karloff voiced the Narrator and the Grinch.

 

To distinguish one from the other, the highs of his Grinch voice were mechanically altered to make him sound gravelly.

 

 

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a typical Tim Burton film. It is a stop-motion animated film with a dark fantasy comedy story.

 

The concept and the characters were based on a poem written by Burton many years earlier. After leaving the Walt Disney animation team, Burton partnered with them to make The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1993.

 

Jack Skellington is the king of Halloweentown. One day he passes by Christmas town and is spellbound by the warmth, joy, and wholesomeness that is reflected there.

 

He vows to take over the Christmas town and comes to convince the bats, ghouls, and all the Halloween decorations to mimic Christmas.

 

It is easier said than done, as the residents of Halloweentown miserably fail. The film developed a cult following for itself.

 

Tim Burton said that he was inspired after seeing all stores remove scary Halloween displays and replace them with bright and colorful Christmas ones.

 

 

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas was a Christmas TV special based on the famous comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz.

 

He was approached by The Coca-Cola Company to make the Christmas special and he did it in typical Charlie Brown fashion.

 

It is Christmas time, and everybody is abuzz with the holiday mood. However, Charlie Brown feels that blatant commercialism has crept into the true festive spirit.

 

He does not enjoy all the flashiness. So Lucy suggests that he should try to make the neighborhood Christmas play.

 

It further disappoints him when all the other kids fail to understand his attempt to go back to his roots.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas is the second longest-running TV special during Christmas time. At the time of producing it, both the director and producer were convinced that they would fail.

 

 

1. Klaus (2019)

 

Klaus (2019)

 

Klaus is a Spanish-American animated film made in the traditional style of animation by Sergio Pablos’ animation studio. It was made and released on Netflix in 2019.

 

The film offers an alternative origin story for Santa Claus. The film takes us to the small arctic town of Smeerenburg in Norway.

 

To this far-off tiny town, Jesper Johansen has been assigned as a postmaster. This sad town has long since stopped exchanging gifts and letters, making a post office useless.

 

However, Jesper refuses to give up and befriends townsfolk, starting with Alva and Klaus, the toymaker. He brings back laughter, joy, and Christmas spirit to the town.

 

The film was nominated for an Academy Award and won multiple Annie Awards.

 

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