I think we can all agree that cartoons are ageless. Especially the ones we already know from our childhoods. And what is more nostalgic than cartoons about the most magical time of the year – Christmas. Here’s a list of animated movies you may remember or discover to get you into the Christmas spirit.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A classic Tim Burton animation, so you know you won’t be let down. The story follows the character of Jack Skellington as he escapes Halloween Town and stumbles upon Christmas Town by going through a portal. Enchanted by the festive atmosphere, he becomes obsessed with the Christmas traditions and even tries to take over Christmas Town.
This is indeed a new take on animated Christmas movies, but what else can we expect from Tim Burton?
A Christmas Carol
Based on the classic novella by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol trails the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old cranky businessman who seems to reject the idea of holiday spirit or joy in general. He is then warned by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, that if he does not change his evil ways he will be punished in the afterlife. He is then guided by the three ghosts of Christmas who help him find happiness, kindness, generosity, and compassion by Christmas day.
The Polar Express
Personally, this is the first Christmas animation I remember watching. And falling in love with.
As he starts to lose faith in the existence of Santa Claus, on the night of Christmas Eve a boy embarks on a magical train ride to the North Pole. Along the way he finds new friends, adventures, learns the importance of courage, kindness, and generosity. Ultimately, he regains his Christmas spirit as he arrives at the North Pole to find Santa and his peers working away on gifts for nice children.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
In the town of Whoville where human-like people live the Christmas holiday is approaching. Filles with excitement and holiday cheer they joyously decorate the entire town for the upcoming festivity. However, someone is not as excited about Christmas as the rest of them – The Grinch. Therefore, he decides to try and ruin the holiday for everyone by stealing their presents. But can he finish his ambitious mission?
A Charlie Brown Christmas
An animation based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, the cartoon gives off an authentic vintage vibe.
In this animation, the character of Charlie Brown finds himself being sad despite the holiday’s cheerful approach. He is not fond of the shallow decorations he sees around him. So, he tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Following the well-known and loved “Beauty and the Beast” original Disney movie, this Christmas tale is just as endearing as the previous.
Belle once again finds herself in a slump as she discovers that Beast deeply dislikes the Christmas season. But she will not let this stop her from celebrating the cheerful holiday, as she tries to change his mind on the matter.
Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
As a big fan of the Arthur animated series, this Christmas special might spark up some forgotten memories for you as well.
The story follows Arthur and his friends as they celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Saint Lucia Day, and even “Baxter Day”. They each celebrate them with their families. However, they don’t turn out to be as perfect as they had hoped. But they were special in their own way.
I personally really enjoyed the festive diversity in this movie. We don’t all celebrate Christmas, but all holidays are just as important and should be honored. Yes, even “Baxter Day”.
A rather modern and innovative approach to the old story of Christmas and Santa Claus coming from Netflix in this 2019 animated tale.
Jesper, the new postman of Smeerensburg befriends the town’s toymaker, Klaus. He persuades into helping him create and deliver toys to children. Reluctant at first, he can’t help but agree when he sees the joy his creations bring to kids. And so, the tradition of Christmas begins and spreads all over the world.
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
What more can I say other than how charming this movie is? A collection of short stories centered around the Christmas and New Year’s adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his friend group. Nostalgia in a cup for all those who liked the characters in their childhood. Or those who’ve never heard of them.
The film captures the story of Arthur Claus, Santa Claus’s clumsy son. He discovers that Santa’s high-tech ship failed to deliver one girl’s present. So, he embarks on a mission. Along with his grandfather and an elf, they take the old-fashioned reindeer sleigh in a last resort attempt to save Christmas.
So, can we all admit that nothing gets us more pumped for the holidays like good animated Christmas movies? Nostalgia and wholesome endings pair so well with the cold weather.