2020 has been a year filled with so many uncertainties and fears. Our lives changed in many ways beyond doubt. In these hard times, we are reminded of the importance of family, friends and our community.
Christmas is the time of giving and spending time with your loved ones. Cherishing the time spent with your family decorating the house and the tree together while singing along to Christmas songs. Having a Christmas dinner together while catching up reminiscing on the year passed. Watching movies with dimly lit candles whilst gathered around the sofa with hot cocoa topped with cream and a chocolate flake. That’s what Christmas is all about!
We’ve narrowed down the choices of Christmas animations so that you can spend more time deciding on what snacks to indulge in with your loved ones. Here are the top 6 Christmas Animations in no particular order!
#1: Klaus (2019)
Klaus is a beautifully hand-drawn animation, packed with humour, adventures and heart-melting scenes. It tells a story of the ‘origin of Christmas’ by following the journey of Jasper who is the new postman assigned to a town called Smeerensburg. It is a unique tale and may soon be added to your new Christmas animations classics list, it certainly has for us.
#2: The Polar Express (2004)
Based on the classic 1985 Children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg. This adaption follows a story of a young Santa Claus Skeptic, going on an adventure to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. On this extraordinary train ride, the young boy experiences a journey of self-discovery and meets various characters, some friendly, mischievous and scary. Through these encounters, he is reminded of the importance of believing, friendship, and courage.
#3: Arthur Christmas (2011)
This Christmas animation delves into the question that almost every child asks, “how does Santa deliver all the presents in one night?”.
The unique take on the secret operation that takes place behind the scene to answer this mystery is very comical and futuristic. Under all the high-tech operation, there is the reality of a family in a state of dysfunction. In the midst of all of this taking place, an error is discovered… and an unlikely hero Arthur decides to take on the mission that must be accomplished before Christmas morning.
#4: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Get cosy, wear your PJ and wrap yourself in a fluffy blanket, it’s that time of year again, the Grinch is back!
This tells the tale of Grinch who lives in a town called Whoville. The people of this town known as ‘the Whos’ love Christmas and they go all out with their extravagant decorations, music, lights and presents every year. Grinch, on the other hand, despises Christmas, and finally decides to take action to stop this celebration from taking place on Christmas day. He comes up with an evil plan… to steal Christmas from the Whos once and for all.
#5: A Christmas Carol (2009)
Robert Zemeckis directs an animated retelling of the classic novel written by Charles Dickens using 3D motion capture technology. It follows the story about a miser Ebenezer Scrooge who is awakened by spirits on Christmas Eve and is taken on a journey down memory lane, but it’s not a happy one. He is reminded of his cruelty, meanness and wasted opportunities in his past and current life. He is shown the dark result of living this way by the spirit and it is time for him to decide his path of death or redemption.
#6: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town(1970)
I remember watching this as a child during Christmas, it used to be on one of the channels without a doubt during this time of year. It was created using Japanese stop motion animation called “Animagic” where all the characters were made from wood and plastic and animated via stop-motion photography.
It follows the story of a mailman who answers some of the most commonly asked questions about Santa Claus, by telling the history of Santa. It captures what Christmas is really all about, the act of kindness, giving, and love. And there are some catchy songs in there that you’ll end up singing throughout the festive season. It is certainly old fashioned in comparison to the polished animations we are used to, but it oozes nostalgia and old school charm.
What Christmas Animations did we miss?
We’ve already started ticking away at watching some Christmas animations and movies. Which ones have you watched so far? And what Christmas Animations did we miss that you’d recommend? Let us Know!
We will leave you with a quote by L.M. Montgomery:
“Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it’s what they bring to the world that really counts”.
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
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