Top 20 Animated Christmas Features

Some of my earliest memories involve watching that great animated Christmas specials year after year.  Somehow, it just would not seem like Christmas without Rudolph, Frosty, Santa Claus and the Grinch.  So, I decided to put together a list of the great holiday animated specials.  I came up with 19, so that will have to suffice.

 

19. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year- This one, of course, is not about Christmas, but it has Rudolph in it.

18. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol- This is a decent retelling of the old Dickens classic with Mr. Magoo in the role of the Scrooge.

17. Garfield Christmas- Time Waste. 

16. Olive, the other Reindeer- Nice effort.

15. A Wish for Wings That Work- I’m a big Bloom County fan, and you will find a lot of Bill and Opus in this.

14. Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas- very cute.

13. Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey- Not terrible.

12. Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Carol- Another decent retelling of the Dickens classic.

11. Mickey’s Christmas Carol- Yet another decent retelling of the Dickens classic.

10. Frosty Returns- The second of the Frosty series, and not nearly as good as the first.

9. The Polar Express- A very good movie, but it is still a little new to place too high on the list.

8. The Year Without a Santa Claus- A classic story about a year when Santa was did not come to town.

7. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas- Cute rendition of the classic story.

6. Santa Claus is Coming to Town- Classic that explores the Origins of Santa Claus.

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas- The Peanuts classic about a group of kids that try put on a Christmas program with a tiny little tree.

4. Frosty the Snowman- Classic story of a snowman that comes to life by magic.

3. The Little Drummer Boy- One of the greatest Christmas tales ever told that is centered on the birth of Christ.  This story gives all parents the opportunity to explain to their children where the little drummer boy is when they see a nativity.

2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer- It is a close call between #1 and #2.  It does not get much better than Rudolph.

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas- A truly great Christmas tale in which a grumpy guy finds redemption through the Christmas spirit of others.

 

Here is an amazing site that has a lot of links to these specials and others.

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