The 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
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
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
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.