In our household, we each have a different "favorite", but truth be told, we love them all. Watching the annual Christmas shows is part of our Christmas family tradition. We haven't always been able to be together when they aired on tv, but with a little help from vhs and dvd, we have that covered now.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerAs we decorated the Christmas tree this year, I found myself singing "we're on the island of Misfit Toys, here we don't want to stay". Why that particular song came to mind while hanging ornaments on the tree is absolutely beyond me. I can only assume one of the ornaments triggered some unconscious thought about toys. The song itself is a bit melancholy for the joyous occasion of tree decorating, especially since both of my children were helping me decorate.
From the book to the movie, the animated classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer has been a personal favorite. Normally, I prefer a book, but in the case of Rudolph, I actually prefer the movie. As a child, I adored Burl Ives. I would know that voice anywhere! I suspect that has a lot to do with why that particular show was my favorite of the Christmas animated classics. Besides, who wouldn't love a snowman who comes to life and scoots across the snow just to tell us a wonderful Christmas story about a red nosed reindeer?!!
The music from "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" is truly fabulous and easy enough for a child to learn, especially if they watch the movie several times each year, year after year. Rudolph may be the main character, but he is definitely not the only memorable animal in the show. Clarice wins everyone's heart when she serenades Rudolph with "There's Always Tomorrow", plus her back-up singers are adorable!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)Let me start by saying, Dr. Seuss is fabulous! His books have always been a huge hit with children and parents alike. When you couple his genius with animated television, you are bound to have a major hit.
Here we are, almost 50 years later, and Dr. Seuss's Grinch on tv is still entertaining us each year. The fun part of animation is the suspension of reality. When the Grinch is able to gather up all of the Christmas decorations, gifts, and food from Whoville, then cram it all into bags loaded on a sleigh, we truly see animation at it's best.
The really cool thing about this show is that in less than 30 minutes, we go from detesting the "foul one" to loving him and perhaps even feeling sorry for him.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas 50th Anniversary: Deluxe EditionChristmas would not be complete with Charles M. Schulz and his Peanuts gang. Watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is always a fun family activity, but it is also a reminder to remember what Christmas really is all about and to reject, or at least resist, the commercialism that is always so rampant this time of year. To read the complete review of "A Charlie Brown Christmas", join me by clicking here.
Snoopy is most often the Peanuts favorite, but I do think Linus stole the show here.
Now please tell us, what is your favorite Christmas animated classic!