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"Tweenies -Merry Tweenie Christmas" 
 


Well it's the middle of August and my daughter still insists on watching this again & again! To me, most importantly, the video tells the traditional Christmas story. The Tweenies 'play out' the story in an amusing, yet caring way, enabling toddlers to understand that Christmas means more than a sackful of presents. When the Tweenies do discuss Father Christmas, they also come to realise that although receiving presents is nice, Christmas is more about giving and that it's a time to think of others. Of course, this is all done in the usual Tweenie way and it is a real winner from start to finish! Lots of fun, songs, stories and Tweenie humour - a real must for any fan - including mum and dad!  (Reviewed by a visitor from the United Kingdom.)

"Christmas With The Simpsons"  

If you wanna start your Simpsons collection (frankly you should have started years ago - Smithers get this customer out of my office), then this is a great place to start.
As with every Simpsons' video, this has a theme (surprise, surprise: Christmas), and the episodes chosen for this particular one makes for great festive viewing. You have the first ever Simpsons episode ('The Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire'), which may look a little strange now, but it was made in the late 80s. Remember that people!
'Mr Plow' is a classic episode (remember Homer's rhyme?!), and 'Miracle on Evergreen Terrace' is a great take on 'It's a Wonderful Life', albeit with a Simpsons' twist. The last two episodes are new to me, since I only watch whatever's on terrestrial TV. Nevertheless, they'll probably be fantastic!!
With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with the Simpsons. This video is ace, a must buy!!  Reviewer: Red10devil from Bedford, England

 

"Postman Pat's Magical Christmas" 

Christmas fun with Postman Pat and his black and white cat, Jess. Features the episodes: 'Postman Pat And The Greendale Rocket' in which the children find Greendale's forgotten train and all the village works hard to get the train back in working order for the opening of the new train station. In 'Postman Pat's Magic Christmas' Postman Pat has so many parcels to deliver in time for Christmas that he is not sure that he can make it in time...

 

"Letterland - A Christmas Story"  

I don't usually like my son (2 yrs) to sit in front of the TV for a long time, but this video has been the exception. He is constantly enthralled by the characters and the stories. When it finishes he will run around singing the names of all the characters in alphabetical order. Just amazing and the books are also brilliant. Reviewer: Un-named person from Ireland.


"White Christmas"  

This semi-remake of Holiday Inn (the first movie in which Irving Berlin's perennial, Oscar-winning holiday anthem was featured) doesn't have much of a story, but what it does have is choice: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, an all-Irving Berlin song score, classy direction by Hollywood vet Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood), VistaVision (the very first feature ever shot in that widescreen format), and ultrafestive Technicolor! Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a "sister" act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit. Crosby is cool, Clooney is warm, Kaye is goofy, and Vera-Ellen is leggy. Songs include: "Sisters" (Crosby and Kaye do their own drag version, too), "Snow", "We'll Follow the Old Man", "Mandy", "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" and more. Christmas would be unthinkable without White Christmas. Reviewer : Jim Emerson  

 

"Tom and Jerry's Christmas"   

This video was only released on November 3rd,2003, so no one has got around to doing an independent review for us, as yet. But, absolutely everybody knows Tom and Jerry and it's fair to say that they never let you down in terms of action, amusement and outstanding entertainment value. 

 


"Snowed In At The House Of Mouse"   

Though promoted as a "full-length holiday movie", Mickey's Magical Christmas is more of a Christmas special spin-off from Disney's House of Mouse TV series. The premise is something like an animated Muppet Show: Mickey, Goofy and Donald run a nightclub for an audience of Disney characters, with plenty of songs, skits and cartoons. There's not much story to this holiday special--Mickey whips up an impromptu party for stranded guests and instills a "Humbug" quacking Donald with the holiday spirit--but it's full of sight gags and comic bits with dozens of Disney characters, from Ludwig von Duck to Pumba and Timmon. The special begins with the short Pluto's Christmas Tree and ends with the entire 1983 short film Mickey's Christmas Carol.  However, the highlight is a comic retelling of The Nutcracker with Donald as a reluctant Mouse King (complete with phony Mickey Mouse ears) and John Cleese as the exasperated narrator. Reviewer: Sean Axmaker.

 

"Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too!"  

In Winnie-The-Pooh And Christmas Too!, Pooh is so busy gathering up his friends' wish lists for Santa that he forgets to include his own. After retrieving the list and adding his own desires, he realises he's late getting it where it needs to go. Off he goes to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, with pals Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Christopher Robin missing him. Reviewer: Tom Keogh.

 

"Happy Christmas From The Teletubbies"  

What better time than Christmas could there be for these four likeable, er, things? After all, like the children they really are, the Teletubbies find the whole procedure to be an endless source of wonderful surprises and exciting things to do. They get presents, of course, found with the tree which, in Teletubby Land, just mysteriously appears.  There's also some jolly footage of real children, including a suitably happy bunch choosing and decorating a real tree, and of course it's these sections of "outside broadcasting" which balance the caperings of the four plush poppets so well. Despite the festive theme, this needn't be a Christmas-only video; the whole world is wondrous for the Teletubbies' pre-school audience, so the occasion is perfectly presented as a part of that, no more and no less. Reviewer: Roger Thomas

 

"A Christmas To Remember"  Bob The Builder  

Bob the Builder's first full-length adventure, "A Christmas to Remember", is a festive extravaganza boasting an all-star cast, including Elton John and Noddy Holder. Bob's twin brother Tom, a zoologist, (voiced by Stephen Tompkinson) is coming home from the Artic for the festivities and Bob's planning the perfect Christmas. But there are so many things to do first and Bob will have to work his little yellow hardhat off if he's to get everything done in time: there's the tree to fetch, the lights to put up in the town square, not to mention the stage to build for Lennie and the Lazers' free concert on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, Bob has all his usual friends to help as well as an extra pair of hands in the form of the loveable Banger (Noddy Holder), roadie to the band--unfortunately, he also has Spud--but when news comes that Tom has been unavoidably delayed, it begins to look as though Bob won't be having a perfect Christmas after all...

Meanwhile all is not well within the band: Lennie (Chris Evans) is losing his voice and John (Elton John) is having trouble finishing his new song. Luckily, Roley is on hand to help the creative process along and even suggests a jazzier stage name when it seems that John will have to sing in Lennie's place at the gig.

"A Christmas to Remember" is priceless festive entertainment for adults and children alike: Noddy Holder, whose stage characteristics are perfectly transferred to his diminutive screen persona, complete with Doc Martens and a stovepipe hat, puts in a bravura performance as Banger--while Elton John underplays beautifully right up to, but certainly not including, the rousing grand finale. With this successful transfer to feature length adventures, it seems that no job's too big for this particular builder. Reviewer: Helen Baker

Running time: 63 minutes approximately.

 

"The Christmas Story"  

We were so enthralled and delighted by this collage illustrated version of the Christmas Story that we watch it every year as a family tradition and are sending a copy to some friends in Australia. The children have learnt the words to the Carols from it and watching it together on Christmas Eve is now firmly a part of our family Christmas.
Reviewer: An un-named person from Worthing in the U.K.

 

"Miracle On 34th Street"  

How can words describe one third of this films goodness? It is a remake of the classic film but with brilliant actors such as Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle. When Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) hires a seemingly insignificant elderly gentleman (Kris Kringle) to be their Cole's Santa she has no idea of the success it would bring Cole's. Just as every thing in life is peachy, Cole's rivals decide to discredit Santa by framing him. When it goes to court to decide weather Kris Kringle is a nut case as he believes he is Santa it is up to the judge to decide if Santa Clause is real, Challenging all that is good and pure about Christmas. It's time to ask your-self "Do you believe in Santa?"
Reviewer: An un-named person from Wales in the U.K.

 

"The Snowman"  

This charming British animated short film is based on the classic children's book by Raymond Briggs and crafted with a colored-pencils-on-paper look, like fluffy, hand-drawn illustrations. Small children should be entranced by the story of a small boy in rural England whose lovingly constructed snowman comes to life and takes him flying over the white-blanketed landscapes, in a beautiful sequence based on live-action flying footage. Part of the charm of the film is the gentle, everyday quality of its fantasy adventures: the snowman is invited in to try on clothes and play with the Christmas decorations, then plays host to the boy at a party in the woods, at which his snowy relatives do English country dances. This is one of the very few Christmas tapes on the market that really deserves to be a holiday perennial, a gentle fable of friendship and the power of imagination. Reviewed by David Chute

"Blackadder's Christmas Carol"   

Dicken's classic tale of kindness, truth and virtue completely mucked up and ruined by having a member of the Blackadder family involved. Also Baldrick, of course, the man you can rely onto turn a Christmas dinner into a dog's dinner, as long as the dog isn't particularly fussy.
Stuffed with deeply horrid people and groaning with cartloads of seasonal bottom jokes, it manages to squeeze in not only a Victorian Blackadder but also his famous Elizabethan, Regency and Space Age relatives into a huge pie of entertainment that will satisfy all but the most discriminating viewers.

 

"Teletubbies And The Snow"   

One day, sparkly clouds appear over Tellytubby land. Soon, everything is covered in fluffy, white snow--including the Tubbies' favourite things--their ball, bag, hat and scooter. The chubby foursome are at first afraid, but soon get stuck in to some serious snow games, including rolling snowballs, sliding down hillsides, making footprints and making a snow Tellytubby--even their goggle-eyed vacuum-cleaner, Noo-noo, gets covered from brush to wheels in it. Teletubbies and the Snow will particularly delight pre-schoolers just getting their first taste of a real winter, but children who have never seen snow will love the four short films of real-life children singing winter songs and celebrating the year-end, as well as the antics of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-laa and Po, giggly Sun Baby and a cast of hundreds of fluffy bunnies hopping around. Reviewed by Alison Jardine

 

"Bob The Builder's White Christmas"   
Bob the Builder's infectiously optimistic battle cry ("Can we fix it? Yes, we can!") rings truer than ever in a very busy Yuletide in the delightful Bob's White Christmas. Already committed to play Santa Claus at a children's party, Bob finds that Christmas Eve gets a lot more complicated when freezing temperatures and a blanket of snow arrive. Suddenly, Bob and his crew--Wendy, Scoop, Dizzy, and the others--get an SOS from a snowbound Farmer Pickles, help Spud the scarecrow identify a mysterious "snow monster," and save some stranded critters. There's still time, fortunately, for snowball fights and gift exchanges, but the best part of this holiday is the camaraderie between a great bunch of friends. Keen characterizations and a happy, fluid animation style make Bob the Builder one of the best children's TV programs around. If anything, this Christmas special has even more of the show's vitality and good cheer. Reviewed by Tom Keogh.


"The Grinch"

Under a thick carpet of green-dyed yak fur and wonderfully expressive Rick Baker makeup, Jim Carrey is up to all of his old tricks (and some nifty new ones) in this live-action movie of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic. He commands the title role with equal parts madness, mayhem, pathos, and improvisational genius, channeling Grinchness through his own screen persona so smoothly that fans of both Carrey and Dr. Seuss will be thoroughly satisfied. Adding to the fun is a perfectly pitched back-story sequence (accompanied by Anthony Hopkins's narration) that explains how the Grinch came to hate Christmas, with a heart "two sizes too small." Ron Howard proves a fine choice for the director's chair with a keen balance of comedy, sentiment, and light-hearted Seussian whimsy. Production designer Michael Corenblith gloriously realizes the wackiness of Whoville architecture, and his rendition of the Grinch's Mt. Crumpit lair is a marvel of cartoonish, subterranean grime. Then there's Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen), the thoughtful imp who rallies her village to recapture the pure spirit of Christmas and melts the gift-stealing Grinch's cold, cold heart. You've even got a dog (the Grinch's good-natured mongrel, Max) who's been perfectly cast. (Ages 5 and older.) Reviewed by Jeff Shannon.

"The Muppet Christmas Carol" 

Brian Henson directs his late father's creations in the Charles Dickens classic, the best known (and most oft-filmed) Christmas story of all time. Michael Caine plays the old miser Scrooge with Kermit as his long-suffering but ever-hopeful employee Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Cratchit's wife, and a host of Muppets (including the Great Gonzo as an unlikely Charles Dickens) taking other primary roles in this bright, playful adaptation of the somber tale. At least it starts brightly enough. The anarchic humor soon settles into mirthful memories and a sense of melancholy as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future take Scrooge on a journey of his lonely, wasted life. Michael Caine makes a wonderful Scrooge, delightfully rediscovering the meaning of life as fantastic creations from Henson's Creature Shop (developed specially for this film) take the reins as the three ghosts. While the odd mix of offbeat humor and somber drama undercuts the power of Dickens's drama, this kid-friendly retelling makes an excellent family drama that adults and children alike can enjoy. Reviewed by Sean Axmaker.

"How The Grinch Stole Christmas"   

To heck with the kids--this is one of the best Christmas presents you can give yourself. Adapted from the children's book by Dr Seuss, this charming story is one to watch every holiday season. It is just edgy enough to help you forget the more cloying aspects of Christmas. It is also sweet enough to remind you of the reason for all that holiday cheer. Animation genius Chuck Jones directed this 1966 television production featuring the voice of Boris Karloff as the mean greenie. Bitter and selfish, the Grinch decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, sweet little folk at the bottom of his mountain that is his home. When little Cindy Loo Who returns his hateful act with kindness, she melts the old miser's heart. There are many reasons to watch this: inventive wordplay, Karloff's impressive narration and a very memorable soundtrack. Reviewed by Rochelle O'Gorman

"Bear In The Big Blue House"  

The friendly home-owning grizzly and his pals celebrate the traditions of a secular Christmas but pay more than a passing nod to both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in this 50-minute holiday video. Agenda items include a gift exchange and a visit to Santa Hog at the mall, but everything is put in perspective when the household discovers a homeless hound bellowing outside their door. They invite him in, share the holiday, find him a home, and learn a valuable lesson. Meanwhile, "Shadow" shows up to sing about the other two holidays in accompaniment to shadow cutouts. The bear, twin otters, lemur, mouse, and little bear were created by the Jim Henson folks.. The earnest Bear is kin to another outsized softie of a (purple) predator; tand both are strictly for the kiddies. Ages 2 to 7. Reviewed by Kimberly Heinrichs.

 

 

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