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Christmas is upon us again, faster than we expected (as usual). Over the years, thousands of hours of feature film and television time have heralded the arrival of this annual holiday – while some titles may have changed, and even been remade or rebooted, the jingle of holiday bells and giggles of cinematic heavenly ghosts and their audiences continues to echo on in theaters and homes… And we thought we’d share some of our favorites with you.
Whether they’re traditional treats that continue to give, or outside-the-box laughter landslides that help to make the spirit ring even louder, the month of December is truly full of special holiday films that touch the heart. So have a seat in your preferred chair, warm up a cup of your favorite holiday beverage and enjoy the Screen Rant staff’s Christmas List of Favorite Holiday Movies!
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- Mike Wilkerson
ABC has A Charlie Brown Christmas, is new with Disney Prep & Landing, Scrubs, and Better Off Ted, and has a repeat of The Forgotten CBS has repeats of NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and The Good Wife Fox is new with So You Think You Can Dance NBC is new with the season finale of Biggest Loser The CW is new with 90210 and Melrose Place ABC Family has The Year Without a Santa Claus, Miser Brothers' Christmas, and Rudolph's Shiny New Year Bravo is new with Tabatha's Salon Takeover Comedy Central is new with The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report MTV has repeats of South Park and Catching Up With 16 and Pregnant: The Girls of Teen Mom, and is new with Teen Mom and Styl'd VH1 has repeats of I Want to Work for Diddy 2, 2009: That Really Happened!?!?, and Tough Love 2 Late-night highlights include Clint Eastwood, »
Mickey's Christmas Carol (Dickensian Re-Do)
ABC Family, 7 Pm Et
Disney's take on Dickens, with Mickey as Bob Cratchit and Scrooge McDuck as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.
Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (Mistletoe & Mayhem)
ABC Family, 7:30 Pm Et
After messing up the delivery of his friends' lists to Santa, Pooh masquerades as Mr. Claus and piglet as a reindeer.
The Year Without a Santa Claus (Comfort & Joy)
ABC Family, 8 Pm Et
When a sick Santa decides to take a vacation and skip the holiday, two of his elves go to great lengths to change his mind.
A Miser Brothers' Christmas (Naughty v. Nice)
ABC Family, 9 Pm Et
When the North Wind sabotages Santa's sleigh and injures the man in red, the Heat Miser and Snow Miser are forced to fill in.
What else is showing this season? See the complete Holiday TV Movie Guide: The 12 Flavors of Christmas.
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This may be as close to “updating” a Rankin-Bass production as possible without causing outcry from fans of the classics. ABC Family commissioned an all new feature in the style of the beloved holiday films, and quite frankly they did a stellar job of recreating it all. The original molds of the two main characters were used to create new and noticeably polished duplicates. Now, maybe it’s just the higher quality of the recording format but the feature has a sharper visual aesthetic, smoother motions and the same old campy cheer that made the old ones so popular. At first glance, the only real shortcoming of A Miser Brothers’ Christmas is the story which seems disingenuous in the face of the animation style which carries with it a long tradition of folksy charm; after a little bit of retrospection, however, the holes in this new take on Rankin-Bass begin to show. »
- Lex Walker
Have a question about something fantasy-related? Ask the Oracle! (Be sure to include your first name and the city, state, and/or country you are writing from.)
Q: Dude, what the hell happened to Santa and his elves between the 1964 Christmas Special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and 1974's The Year Without a Santa Claus? They look totally different! The elves don't even look like the same species! -- Mark, Hudson River Valley, NY
Sadly, The Oracle can finally reveal that something similar happened to Santa in 1969: a sleigh crash with a Russian satellite that was so disfiguring that it somehow even managed to move Santa's eyes much farther apart. Lest you feel too sorry for Santa, keep »
Movie and horror fans are probably starting to get into the spooky season and Halloween spirit with their must-watch films, and while my own list has many of the standards (The Thing, The Exorcist, etc.), it's also got a personal fave: Mad Monster Party. A Christmas season without those vaguely creepy stop-motion animated Rankin Bass specials of classic holiday stories ("Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", "The Year Without a Santa Claus", etc.) is virtually unavoidable. But »
- Dave Davis
6 items from 2009
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