(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best animated Christmas movies.)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the time when we rank the holiday movies that were staples of our childhoods as if some sort of numerical value can be applied to joy. Well, I’m no Grinch, so I’m not ranking them. But I am picking out the best animated Christmas movies because this is my column and I can do what I want. And what I want in this case is to spread Christmas joy for all to hear and perhaps give the spotlight to a few animated holiday movies that may have flown under your radar.
So, without further ado, here are the five best animated Christmas movies.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’s snow on the ground (depending on where you live), the stores are packed (maybe not as much since we love our online shopping), and there are all sorts of holiday movies and specials all over TV (though you’re probably just watching your favorites at your leisure thanks to Netflix, Hulu and countless other streaming services). It’s just wonderful, and now you can make it a little more lovely with some fantastic new artwork commemorating one of the most beloved holiday specials.
A Charlie Brown Christmas celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate it this year with a series of prints from Dark Hall Mansion created by artists Eduardo Sanabria, Dan May, Eric Robison and Steve Thomas. Check out all the A Charlie Brown Christmas prints after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
So much of Stranger Things‘ irresistible pull stems from its uncanny ability to push all your nostalgia buttons. It feels like classic Steven Spielberg and vintage Stephen King, referencing pop culture touchstones and reminding Gen Xers and older Millennials of a time when middle school kids were allowed to roam freely. But what if Stranger Things went even further? What if it doubled down on its nostalgic appeal by transforming itself into another childhood favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas?
A Stranger Things Christmas imagines Will Byers struck by a downright Charlie Brown-esque sense of ennui right around the holiday, and going around getting advice from his old D&D buddies. And yes, they get a good Barb-related jab in there. Watch the Stranger Things Peanuts mashup below (but be warned there are major spoilers if you haven’t finished Stranger Things season one). Read More »
This Christmas, the collective entity of /Film pooled their efforts together to present this gift. Earlier this week, I polled all our writers and editors for their top ten holiday films of all time. I then gave each film on each list a 1 to 10 ranking. 10 points for first place, 1 point for 10th place, and added up the results. What were the results? Pretty predictable, if you ask me, but fun nevertheless.
Still, there were plenty of great movies on the list and weird subplots to explore. For example, only two of us put the same film number one, and it just so happens to be our overall top pick. However, another writer hasn’t even seen that movie. (Until late last night, as it turns out.) Which film is it? And what did it beat out? You’ll have to click below to read /Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday movies of all time. Read More »
Halloween is still a week away but, apparently, it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas. One year after making their debut on the small screen, everyone’s favorite covert elves Wayne and Lanny return in Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa at 8 p.m. December 7 featuring the voice of, you guessed it, Betty White! White will provide the voice of Mrs. Claus who recruits the dynamic duo to steal something very special out of Santa’s office right under his nose. While the first Prep & Landing film was a full half hour special, this one is only a 7 minute short that will air during A Charlie Brown Christmas on ABC. We’ve got more info and some Prep & Landing video after the jump. Read More »