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"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 contains 4 classic cartoons from the thirties and forties: The Captain's Christmas (1938), One Ham's Family (1943), Toyland Broadcast (1935), and The Night Before Christmas (1941). Only the last one is a Tom & Jerry cartoon, but all are wonderful cartoons that kids and grownups alike will enjoy watching over and over again. In The Captain's Christmas, a pirate with evil intentions dresses up as Santa, but he and his cohorts catch the Christmas spirit and end up "giving the Captain and the Kids a Christmas Eve celebration that brings down the house - on their heads!" One Ham's Family is a very funny Tex Avery classic in which the big bad wolf pretends he's Santa to invade the home of little Junior Pig and his parents on Christmas Eve. But the wolf is no match for little Junior, "the nastiest 'problem child' ever to be left 'home alone'!" In Toyland Broadcast, a toy shop becomes a radio station. It is a "musical special with an all-star toy cast featuring tributes to such famous performers as Kate Smith, Paul Whiteman, and Bing Crosby." The piece de resistance is Tom & Jerry's Night before Christmas, a hilarious holiday chase with a touching, happy ending. Reviewer: A visitor from Tampa, Florida

"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.

 

"Merry Christmas Teletubbies"   

Everything is aglitter in the delightful land of the beloved Teletubbies! Light up your favorite child's holiday with five enchanting holiday episodes featuring stars Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. Sure to put a twinkle in your eye and a smile in your heart when you see your tiny tot giggle and laugh and roar with delight. In "Christmas Tree," our colorful characters are overjoyed at the arrival of their very own Christmas tree. "Making Christmas Cards" has the jolly mischief-makers learning how to make holiday cards and when Laa-Laa gets some decorations as a present they keep Noo-Noo busy busy. Fun continues to flow when Dipsy discovers that party favors that go "pop" are barrels of fun and Teletubbyland rings with excitement when the sweet sounds of carols fill the air. Plus, an avalanche of fun and frolic awaits as the Teletubby pals discover snow! Pure Teletubby fun packs every video, captivating young tikes as they foster creativity, imagination and confidence. Reviewer: David Horiuchi

 

"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.

 

"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

Teletubbies: "Christmas In The Snow"  
Caregivers looking to keep the littlest kids occupied while they wrap a present or two this Christmas season have lucked out: Teletubbies: Christmas in the Snow is a two-volume, 90-minute jumble of the usual near-mindless meanderings of Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po mixed with a handful of visits to Christmas celebrations in faraway lands. More fascinating to the target audience than the traditional Finnish Christmas carol sung by a roomful of elves in stocking feet, of course, will be the Tubbies' brisk-weather escapades. Something's changed in the Astroturfed kingdom where bunnies, flowers, and the funny-looking foursome frolic in every episode--the place has been doused with snow. First it's just a sugary dusting, but a downright deluge follows, and the Tubbies get busy making sense of it all. In the first episode, Po wipes out on her scooter; Tinky Winky's not careful and, to his delight, slides helplessly down a hill; and the gang plays a guessing game to figure out what's under the snow (either Laa-Laa's ball or Dipsy's hat). More of the same follows in the second episode--along with Christmas cutaways to the U.K. and Spain, we tag along as Po makes Po prints in the snow and the Tubbies team up to make a snow-Tubby, complete with snazzy hat and red patent-leather purse. This is harmless, semi-educational fun for kids under 4; Tubby tolerators everywhere can tuck it under their trees with confidence. Reviewed by Tammy La Gorce

"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.

"A Christmas Carol"  
Clive Donner made this worthy 1984 small-screen production of the Dickens tale. George C. Scott brings some new colors to this movie's interpretation of Scrooge, making the character less nasty for the sake of nastiness and more a product of a life of lovelessness. The supporting cast is first-rate, and the production is far more handsome than most TV fare. Reviewed by Tom Keogh

A beautifully staged retelling of the Dickens classic with a memorable interpretation of Scrooge by Scott, by George! Handsomely filmed in Shrewsbury, England. Script by Roger O. Hirson. Reviewed by Leonard Maltin

"Scrooge"  
Handsome musicalization of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with Finney genially hamming it up in the title role and Guinness a surprisingly fey Marley's Ghost. Leslie Bricusse's score is pretty forgettable, save effervescent ``Thank You Very Much''; lovely sets by Terry Marsh and evocative title design by Ronald Searle. Reviewed by Leonard Maltin.

"Emmet Otter's Jug Band"  
Originally a special for HBO, this Jim Henson production was one of the first real forays into the more realistic, less vaudevillian direction for the Muppets. It also included Frank Oz (Muppeteer), Paul Williams (songs), and Jerry Juhl (script).. Emmet Otter and his jug band are trying out in the local talent show, but they face fierce competition from a gang of toughs, the Riverbottom Gang and their rock band. Perhaps the most notable thing is the creation of a sense of poverty and want that suffuses the little production. Even Emmet's mother, who sacrifices her washtub to further Emmet's cause, gets in the act. Fine Christmas viewing for all ages. Reviewed by Keith Simanton

"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.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"  
This television classic features the Peanuts characters in the story of Charlie Brown's problematic efforts to mount a school Christmas pageant. Everybody's on board: Lucy, Snoopy, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, but the biggest impression is surely made by Linus, who stops the show with his recitation from the gospels of the story of Christ's birth. Reviewed by Tom Keogh.

"A Year Without A Santa Claus"  
Even Santa can suffer a case of the holiday blues. In this stop-motion holiday family favorite, a sparkly eyed Mrs. Claus (voiced by Shirley Booth) sings and tells about the year her hubby felt too weary and too unappreciated to prepare for his annual Christmas rounds. Mickey Rooney stars as the voice of Santa, a rosy-nosed puppet who travels incognito to Southtown in search of his tiniest reindeer, Vixen, and two well-meaning elves. Seems Mrs. Santa sent them to find proof of Christmas spirit, but all they've discovered is ambivalence about Santa's year off. Luckily, when Santa arrives and befriends a buck-toothed lad named Ignatius Thistlewhite, spirits begin to lift rapidly. Adult fans of this cousin to the 1970 television special Santa Claus Is Coming to Town will remember it as the Heat and Snow Miser movie--their vaudevillian theme songs, complete with trombone and piano riffs, are hard to forget; but other treasured musical moments include "I Believe in Santa Claus," "I'll Have a Blue Christmas Without You," and "Here Comes Santa Claus.". reviewed by Liane Thomas.

"Miracle On Third Street" 
Share a hilarious and joyous holiday with the Recess kids, as they convince the Third Street Elementary School teachers that miracles really do come true at this special time of year. When Principal Prickly’s car gets stuck in the snow, he unfairly blames the Recess gang. But as he and his marooned passengers, Miss Finster and Miss Grotke, start to relive their students’ outrageous escapades, a new truth emerges: these kids are both naughty and nice. And after a surprise rescue frees the stranded trio, they’re treated to a special Recess rendition of "Jingle Bells" to get them in the holiday mood. This delightful movie features the impressive voice talents of Dick Clark, Robert Goulet and James Earl Jones in a holiday adventure that reveals the Santa inside everyone.

 


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