Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Movies for Kids Part 3

I love many of the kids Christmas movies that have appeared in recent years. I especially enjoy those from DreamWorks Animation. They have created several short Christmas films that feature characters from their popular series.

How to Train Your Dragon: Gift of the Night Fury - This is a wonderful tale about Hiccup and his Viking pals and their dragons. As the Vikings prepare to celebrate Snoggletog, the dragons suddenly leave, dampening everyone's spirits. Even Toothless leaves once Hiccup provides him with a new tail. As Hiccup's pals work together to save Snoggletog, Hiccup tries to discover what has happened to the dragons. In the end, everyone comes together to celebrate the true meaning of the season: the love of family.

Shrek The Halls - With Christmas rapidly approaching, Princess Fiona and the babies are looking forward to spending the holidays as a family. Unfortunately, Shrek knows nothing about Christmas. As he struggles to create the perfect Christmas from the book "Christmas for Village Idiots", his friends manage to destroy everything. With a little help from Fiona, Shrek learns the meaning of family, and finally discovers the perfect Christmas.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday - Po has always celebrated the Winter Feast with his father, but this year, he's expected to host a formal dinner for the Kung Fu Masters. With the help of the Furious Five, Po tries to create the best Winter Feast ever. Along the way, he tries to discover the true meaning of the holidays; time spent with family and those he loves.

Merry Madagascar - When Alex and his zoo pals shoot down Santa, whom they had mistaken for the "red night goblin" the lemurs fear, they worry that they've ruined Christmas. Working quickly, Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman, and those wacky penguin come up with a plan to save the day: they'll deliver the presents while Santa recovers from his amnesia. With some madcap hijinks and more than a few mistake, the animals manage to save Christmas, but are forced to return to Madagascar to bring Santa his sleigh. In the end, they discover that giving makes it all worth while, and they are happy to celebrate the holiday.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special - While Manny and Ellie get ready for their first Christmas with their daughter Peaches, Sid does what he always does, and ruins everything by breaking Manny 's heirloom Christmas rock. Manny informs Sid that he has just made Santa's naughty list, even though he made it up. So, Peaches, Sid, Crash, and Eddie journey to the North Pole to set things right, with hilarious results!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Movies

It's that time of year again: time to dig out the Christmas movies and have a movie marathon. If you are looking for movies to watch, be sure to check out a few of my favorite Christmas movies. I must admit that I am terribly fond of Christmas movies, so my list of favorites is quite long. If you'd like to know more about a particular film, just click on the link.

Kids Christmas Movies:
     Eloise at Christmastime
     Eloise Little Miss Christmas
     Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas
     Mickey 's Once Upon a Christmas
     Mickey 's Twice Upon a Christmas
     How the Grinch Stole Christmas
     Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
     The Original Television Christmas Classics - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,  
           Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Little Drummer Boy, and
           the Cricket on the Hearth
     The Happy Elf
     Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas
     Yes, Virginia
     The Santa Clause Trilogy
     The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
     Santa and Pete
     The Polar Express
     Muppet Christmas Carol
     Arthur Christmas

Adult Movies:
     White Christmas
     Miracle on 34th Street
     The Man Who Saved Christmas
     Silent Night
     The Holiday
     A Christmas Carol - my favorite stars Patrick Stewart
     A Christmas Carol: The Musical