The Top Christmas Cartoons

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74662651_ba420e9957_oThe Christ­mas sea­son is well under­way. As we gather together as fam­ily and friends to rem­i­nisce on the past year and all there is to be grate­ful for, take the time to watch some of the clas­sic Christ­mas car­toons. This is the per­fect time of the year to enjoy these films and the ele­ments that went into cre­at­ing them.

The Snow Queen

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The Snow Queen was first pro­duced as a Soviet ani­mated film in 1957, but re-released in the United States in 1959. It is based on the story cre­ated by Hans Chris­t­ian Ander­sen. One of the orig­i­nal Christ­mas car­toons, it has been remem­bered well beyond its ini­tial release, being revis­ited time and time again. The film begins as a story told by Gerda’s grand­mother of the Snow Queen and her palace. This story has since been recre­ated once again to appeal to a larger audi­ence. Select one of these to watch Christ­mas Eve.

 

A Char­lie Brown Christmas

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Char­lie Brown has become an iconic car­toon in every way. The main char­ac­ters are house­hold names since their first appear­ance in 1950. A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas is just one car­toon of theirs that brings together the best of the comic strip. The story exam­ines how com­mer­cial­ized the Christ­mas hol­i­day has become, and encour­ages view­ers to take a step back and remem­ber what it’s all about. Since it first debuted on CBS in 1965, the show has become a Christ­mas clas­sic for old and young alike.

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name pub­lished in 1957, How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas is another car­toon that breaks down the mate­ri­al­is­tic ideas of Christ­mas. After the Grinch does his best to ruin Christ­mas cheer for the Whos’, they show him that the presents and hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions aren’t the most impor­tant aspect of a joy­ous Christ­mas. This show was orig­i­nally an ani­mated tele­vi­sion spe­cial in 1966, but would quickly become a clas­sic. CBS showed it every year dur­ing the hol­i­days for twenty years. Later ABC began doing the same. Find out when it will be play­ing in your area and enjoy. Although Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures and Imag­ine Enter­tain­ment pro­duced a live action adap­ta­tion in 2000, noth­ing com­pares to the orig­i­nal cartoon.

This hol­i­day sea­son be sure to enjoy some of the Christ­mas clas­sic car­toons. Although seem­ingly sim­ple, these often carry with them some of the deep­est mean­ings of the hol­i­day sea­son. Whether you watch one or all of these car­toons, you can be sure you will make Christ­mas even more mem­o­rable than ever before.

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