So it’s that time of year again, the holidays are almost here and lots of movies will be watched. Most probably some of these animated Christmas films will be on your TVs over this special time of the year:
5.Frosty The Snowman
I just saw Frosty the Snowman for the first time in several years since the late ’90s and while I noticed some lapses on logic and continuity, it’s still one of the most charming animated holiday specials ever from Rankin/Bass which for once used drawn, as opposed to doll, animation. In one of his last assignments, Jimmy Durante narrates and sings in his unique voice, charming us even in animated form. Billy DeWolfe is amusing as the villainous magician Professor Hinkle. And Jackie Vernon is perfect voicing Frosty who always says, “Happy Birthday!” when he comes to life. Also kudos to June Foray as the teacher and Paul Frees as both the traffic cop who swallows a whistle after talking to Frosty and as Santa Claus who makes Hinkle write “I am very sorry for what I did to Frosty” one zillion times before considering giving him presents again! How ironic that one year after Frosty, Frees would voice the villainous Burgermeister Meisterburger, Claus’ enemy in Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Both Claus here and Burgermeister even sound the same! Anyway, as the song goes, “Don’t you cry, I’ll be back again some day!” And we’ll be waiting every time, Frosty!
4.Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
When I was a little child, I used to watch this a few times on video and I loved it for being such a charming stop-motion animated classic. The storyline is timeless and unforgettable with some of it’s touching, funny, and intense moments that would make you feel scared, laugh, and cry your tears out.The characters are likable as well. Rudolph is an adorable reindeer, Hermie is a charming elf (even his friendship with Rudolph is great), Yukon Cornelius is a funny (his dialog made me chuckle and steals every scene in this classic), and the other characters including the cute love interest for Rudolph are so lovable. Now, I did get scared at the Abominable Monster scenes, but when I became older, he didn’t terrified me anymore. Oh, and I almost forgot about the snowman voiced by Burl Eves and he was a great narrator for the story. In fact, the voice acting for the main and minor lovable characters is by all means top notch.The best parts however is the clay animation and the musical songs. The animation is brilliant with the look of the north pole and the character animation being solid. The songs including the touching “There’s Always Tomorrow” are catchy with “Silver and Gold” “Holly Jolly Christmas” as the best songs.Overall, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is a timeless classic that will be recommended to those who haven’t seen it yet.
3.How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas
How The Grinch Stole Chrsitmas (1966) is one of the best Christmas cartoons ever made it has continued to be a favourite even over forty years after it’s release.The Grinch (Karloff) is a grumpy creature who lives in a cave on a mountain near the town of WhoVille where the Whos love Christmas and for fifty- three years he has despised the nonstop singing and the cheerfulness from them. However he comes up with a wicked idea to try and stop Christmas from coming,the Grinch enlists the help of his faithful dog Max to complete the job. He dresses up as Santa Clause and with his sleigh heads down to WhoVille, He steals every present, ornament tree and roast pig from every single who until little Cindy Lou (Foray)asks what is he doing.The Grinch says there are some things that need repairs so he sends her off to bed and away he goes but then something strange happens even though he took everything Christmas still came he didn’t prevent it, then his heart grows bigger and suddenly he goes back to WhoVille and returns all the gifts plus the food.
Raymond Briggs’ illustrated book, upon which this holiday special is based, has been accurately described as a “wonder without words.” This short movie can be described just as accurately with that phrase. The Snowman may be one of my favourite animated film of all time, ranking alongside Watership Down. These films share the common bonds of not underestimating the intelligence of their audiences, and of providing spectacular and moving animated sequences. The flight sequence of The Snowman, set to the haunting song “Walking in the Air,” is a sequence that could have been lifted from Fantasia_: the landscape unfolds, revealing wonder after wonder–city lights, cruising ships, penguins, aurora borealis–as the music rolls like turbulent winter waves. The story is short and simple, and more than a little heartbreaking, but captures the tragedy of transience without padding the action with sophomoric song and dance routines. This cartoon also features perhaps the best rendition of Father Christmas,ever caught on film: a wholly charming, smiling, warm person, fun and grandfatherly and kind.
1.The Nightmare Before Christmas
I was a kid when I first saw Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, but I wasn’t scared by it in the slightest – this world is one entirely of the imagination, and in a sense saying that the film is scary for younger children is something of a compliment. ‘Nightmare’ is both a horror film and a musical, and fantasy and a suspense film, and like most Burton effort, comedy is thrown in at just the right moments. With Henry Selick as director and Michael McDowell & Caroline Thompson as the screenwriters, Burton has fashioned the worlds of Halloween-town and Christmas-town as real originals, working on the cliches that are in each holiday and surrounding the worlds with a host of terrific and terrifying characters. While Halloween-town has a mayor (appropriately with two faces, one smiling one distressed), the real leader is Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon voices with a great Danny Elfman as the singing Jack) who orchestrates Halloween every year for its citizens. But he’s grown weary over the years, and after stumbling upon Christmas-town, loaded with good will towards men and a large man in a red suit, he gets his town riled up to overtake the joyous holiday. Despite one protest by Sally (an amazing Catherine O’Hara), the doll-girl who loves him, the town goes on creating Jack’s vision. The results are hilarious and, indeed, spellbinding.Much credit is given to Burton and Selick for their work on the film, but a lot should also be attributed to Denise Di Novi (co-producer and co-designer), Rick Heinrichs (visual consultant), Pete Kozachik (D.P.), and of course Danny Elfman for his perfectly fitting score and song creations. Along with the talented voice actors, Nightmare Before Christmas ends up a triumph of artistic ingenuity. Some could construe it as too weird or too stylish, but for the cult audience it has garnered over the past ten years it remains of of Burton’s finest accomplishments.