Best Kids & Family Movie – Holiday

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1. Miracle on 34th Street [Blu-ray]

by: Twentieth Century Fox
Release date: Oct 06, 2009
Run Time: 96 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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From KIDS FIRST!: A classic holiday film that continues to delight children and adults alike. Doris Walker is a no-nonsense divorced Macy’s executive who desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires a kind but quirky old man named Kris Kringle who insists that he’s the real Santa Claus. Despite reassurances by Kringle’s doctor that he is harmless, Doris remains skeptical. Eventually, Kris Kringle goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus? This is truly a perennial family holiday film. Charming, with a great cast, and well produced, Miracle On 34th Street reveals typical society and daily life in the 1940s. Kids today may not realize what an anomaly a divorced working mom was at that time. Natalie Wood plays a brilliant six-year-old. While some scenarios seem unreal, the story is so strong that it suspends reality. KIDS FIRST!® Child Juror Comments: The best. Entirely held kids’ attention. Made them feel sad and then happy. “Pretty cool even though it is old.” 96 min.; Ages 8-12.
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2. Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol [VHS]

by: Sony
Release date: Sep 24, 2002
Run Time: 53 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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From the VHS cover description:
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol is the first-ever animated holiday special made for television, the one that started it all! The famously nearsighted Mr. Magoo is Ebenezer Scrooge in the musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”
Featuring original songs by Broadway legends Jule Styne and Bob Merrill (Funny Girl), this family classic stars the voice talents of Jim Backus (Gilligan’s Island), Morey Amsterdam (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Jack Cassidy and June Foray (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle).
Running Time: 53 Minutes
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3. The Nativity Story

by: New Line Home Video
Release date: Mar 20, 2007
Run Time: 161 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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4. Scrooge

by: Paramount
Release date: Sep 23, 2003
Run Time: 113 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Scrooge was designed as a follow-up to 1968’s Oliver, the Oscar-winning musicalization of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The umpteenth musical version of Dickens’ 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is blessed with several sprightly Leslie Bricusse songs, including the bonafide hit Thank You Very Much. Once more buried under mounds of latex, Albert Finney is perfection itself as Ebeneezer Scrooge, proving as effective as a young (un-made up) man as the old skinflint we’ve grown to love. The Three Ghosts who turn the miserly Scrooge’s life around on Christmas Eve are portrayed by Edith Evans (Past), Kenneth More (Present) and Paddy Stone (Yet to Come). Our favorite among the huge, predominantly British supporting cast is Sir Alec Guinness as a fussy, slightly effeminate Marley’s Ghost. Best of all, Finney performs his many songs “live” and not lip-synched to a pre-recording. Though it is overproduced to the hilt, and its Technicolor photography tends to induce eyestrain, Scrooge is more than satisfactory Yuletide entertainment.
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5. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus [VHS]

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Sep 26, 2000
Run Time: 50 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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This bizarre, pagan take on the Santa Claus legend, which is based on a story by L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz), was produced and directed by Rankin and Bass, the reigning kings of the Christmas special (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), using their brand of puppet animation. In the forest of Burzee, the immortals gather to discuss the fate of Santa Claus. Found when he was an abandoned baby by the Great Ak (a wizard with big wooden horns on his head), the boy was named Claus because that means “little one” in the language of the forest. Raised by immortals and knowing nothing but peace and harmony, the adolescent Claus is taken on a tour of the mortal world by the Great Ak, and he discovers the world is rife with misery and injustice. This is when he decides he will dedicate his life to making kids happy, and he learns the best way to do this is to give them toys. After years of service, the immortals must decide whether or not to give him eternal life. Indeed, this is a very strange Christmas tale. –Andy Spletzer
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6. Prancer [VHS]

by: MGM (Video & DVD)
Release date: Oct 05, 1999
Run Time: 103 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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A wounded reindeer and a precocious eight-year-old girl form an everlasting bond in this tender holiday drama about true devotion and friendship. An enchanting film full of “heart and gumption” (Roger Ebert), Prancer will set your imagination aflight! Jessica Riggs (Rebecca Harrell) plays an angel in her school pageant…but she becomes a real guardian angel when she finds an injured reindeer in the forest. Convinced that the deer is Santa’s very own Prancer, Jessica vows to nurse him back to health and return him safely home. But before she can carry out her plan, Jessica discovers that her father (Sam Elliott) has made another ? very different ? plan of his own! Will Jessica be able to help her antlered friend find his way back to Santa in time to make their deliveries on Christmas Eve? The magical final scene is sure to make your heart soar!
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7. Prep & Landing: Totally Tinsel Collection

by: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date: Nov 06, 2012
Run Time: 46 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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PREP & LANDING — On Christmas Eve, a high-tech team of elves from an elite unit known as ‘Prep & Landing’ ensures homes around the world are prepared for Santa’s visit. But when two hilarious little elves face unexpected challenges and are pushed to their limits, it’ll take a great big effort to save the season. Enjoy a heartwarming holiday classic sure to make everyone’s Christmas list! PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE — The outrageous yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue in this totally tinsel adventure that reminds us there’s room for everyone on the ‘nice’ list. Santa’s stealthiest little elves must race to recover classified North Pole technology, which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking naughty kid, in order to stop Christmas from descending into chaos. Bring the family together for a comical adventure that puts the Ho, Ho, Ho in your holidays!
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8. A Child’s Christmas in Wales

by: Henstooth Video
Release date: Nov 01, 2005
Run Time: 55 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES takes you on a lyrical journey back to the magic and marvel of boyhood where no two moments were ever alike and life was embraced with belief instead of doubt. On this special Christmas Eve, Old Geraint shares these heartwarming memories with his dearly loved grandson, Thomas. In one evening he does more than recall his cherished youth . . . he relives it.
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9. The Flintstones: A Flintstones Christmas Carol

by: Warner Bros.
Release date: Nov 01, 2010
Run Time: 70 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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10. Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Plus Halloween & Easter Celebrations

by: Henstooth Video
Release date: Sep 16, 2003
Run Time: 71 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The famous claymation California raisins ice-skate, sing and entertain the whole family in these festive holiday vignettes. Includes Claymation Comedy of Horrors (1991/24 min.), Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987/24 min.) and Claymation Easter (1992/23 min.) Color/NR/fullscreen.
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11. The Miracle Maker – The Story of Jesus [VHS]

by: Family Home Ent
Release date: Sep 12, 2000
Run Time: 87 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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12. Classic Cartoon Favorites, Vol. 9 – Classic Holiday Stories (The Small One/Pluto’s Christmas Tree/Mickey’s Christmas Carol)

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: Sep 27, 2005
Run Time: 58 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Celebrate the season with classic holiday stories full of humor and heart! In “The Small One,” a young boy discovers the true spirit of the season when he gives his beloved donkey to a very special passenger on a very special night. Then, laughs light up the house when Pluto discovers Chip ‘n’ Dale living inside “Pluto’s Christmas Tree.” And in “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” everybody’s favorite mouse and a host of other Disney characters present their delightful and uplifting adaptation of Dickens’ beloved Christmas tale. Your whole family will love every minute of this classic collection of heartwarming holiday stories!~
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13. Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

by: PBS
Release date: Nov 15, 2011
Run Time: 56 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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14. One Magic Christmas

by: Walt Disney Home Video
Release date: Sep 07, 2004
Run Time: 88 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen (TV’s JOAN OF ARCADIA, HOPE SPRINGS) gives a solid performance as Ginny Grainger, a young mother who rediscovers the joy and beauty of Christmas, thanks to the unshakable faith of her six-year-old daughter Abbie (Elizabeth Harnois) and Gideon (Harry Dean Stanton), Ginny’s very own guardian angel. Ginny’s wondrous experience will touch your heart and warm your soul in the timeless tradition of past Disney favorites. ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS fulfills all your most treasured Christmas fantasies. Share it with those you love.
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15. Yes, Virginia

by: NEW VIDEO GROUP
Release date: Oct 26, 2010
Run Time: 30 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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New York City, 1897. A little girl named Virginia O’Hanlon loves Christmas more than anything else in the world. But when a schoolyard bully challenges her belief in Santa Claus, Virginia embarks on a quest across the city to prove he is real.

With her best friend Ollie in tow, Virginia meets everyone from an overeager librarian to a Scraggly Santa raising money for the poor. Finally her father inspires her to write a letter to the New York Sun newspaper, claiming ‘If you see it in the Sun, it’s so.’

Based on the true story of the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, Yes, Virginia
is a charming and heartwarming tale about believing in the true spirit of Christmas.

– Voices by Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Alfred Molina, and Beatrice Miller (Toy Story 3)
– Bonuses include a behind-the-scene documentary, director commentary, kid cast commentary, and more!

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16. Santa Clause 2 (Full Screen Edition)

by: Walt Disney Home Video
Release date: Nov 18, 2003
Run Time: 104 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Walt Disney Pictures presents an all-new comedy adventure overflowing with holiday cheer. Tim Allen reappears in SANTA CLAUSE 2, the hilarious sequel to everybody’s holiday favorite. Scott Calvin (Allen) has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best one ever. But Scott’s got problems. His son Charlie has landed on this year’s “naughty” list, and if Scott doesn’t marry by Christmas Eve — one very, very short month away — he’ll stop being Santa forever. Embracing Christmas and the magic of family with heart, warmth, fun, and charm, SANTA CLAUSE 2 is classic holiday entertainment everybody will enjoy again and again.
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17. Twas The Night Before Christmas: Deluxe Edition

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Oct 05, 2010
Run Time: 25 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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18. The Polar Express (Single Disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo)

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Nov 16, 2010
Run Time: 100 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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All the enchantment, all the adventure, all the joy of The Polar Express – all in astonishing true Blu-ray 3D! This instant holiday classic filmed in performance-capture animation by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks now delivers a whole new cargoload of immersive Blu-rayT magic. Reach out and grab your ticket as the exciting next dimension in home entertainment transports you to the North Pole in amazing fashion!
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19. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus [VHS]

by: Universal Studios Ho
Release date: Oct 31, 2000
Run Time: 80 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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“Mama, when was Santa Claus born? Why doesn’t he ever die?” Based on the popular children’s book by L. Frank Baum (author of The Wizard of Oz), this 75-minute animated version of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus provides answers to these and other pressing questions from the 3- to 8-year-old set. As in Baum’s book, the quiet, moderately paced video steers clear of Christian references, focusing instead on wood nymphs, pixies, and magic. A wizardly fairy named Ak (voiced by Hal Holbrook, who also narrates the tale) helps the young Nicholas (Robby Benson) understand human misery and charges him with the task of serving mankind. Nicholas’s talent for charming little children and brightening the lives of the poor–and poor at heart–soon turns into a lifelong career. Baum’s imaginative scenario involves many bumps along the way; most unusual is a fight between good and evil (here demonstrated by a group of naughty thugs who curiously resemble rock Pokémon). Lush, realistic backgrounds of misty forests and blustery, snow-laden towns contrast surprisingly with roughly drawn characters, detracting from the film’s overall quality. But a pleasing Celtic score and a strong message of hope, giving, and caring easily outweigh this minor flaw. Puppet animators Rankin and Bass did a shorter version of the same story in the ’80s. –Liane Thomas
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20. Mickey’s Christmas Carol [VHS]

by: Buena Vista Home Ent
Release date: Oct 07, 1997
Run Time: 26 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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21. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie [VHS]

by: Good Times Video
Release date: Dec 11, 2001
Run Time: 83 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The all-new adventures of Rudolph!

Laughed at because of his nose, he runs away into the North Pole wilderness, where he meets a gentle polar bear. When his friend Zoey, an attractive young doe, is captured by evil Ice Queen Stormella, Rudolph helps Santa save Christmas. A merry mix of music and magic, with eight original songs plus Paul and Linda McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.”

Color, Closed Captioned, Not Rated but suitable for all audiences, Approx Running Time 90 minutes. Starring the voices of John Goodman, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds and Whoopi Goldberg.

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22. Spookley the Square Pumpkin

by: Lions Gate
Release date: Sep 06, 2005
Run Time: 45 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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In a world where “The only good pumpkins are round pumpkins!” Spookley: The Square Pumpkin is often teased by the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. Soon, Spookley is befriended by Edgar, Allan and Poe, three hilarious spiders, who convince Spookley that square or not, he has a right to be the “Pick of the Patch” on Halloween. ” A square pumpkin the Pick of the Patch?” Not if mean round pumpkins Big Tom and Little Tom can help it. These two bullies tease and taunt Spookley because of his square roots. Encouraged to continue to become the “Pick of the Patch” by kindly Jack the Scarecrow and his bat sidekicks, Boris and Bella, Spookley isn’t sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens to destroy the entire patch. As the storm rolls the round pumpkins uncontrollably macross the patch towards a raging river, Spookley realizes “it’s fine to be round while the weather is fair, but there are times it’s better to be a square!”
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23. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: Nov 09, 2004
Run Time: 68 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Find out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in this spectacular all-new Christmas celebration. Santa Claus joins Mickey, Minnie, and all their pals in an original movie about discovering the true joys of Christmas. Watch the hilarious antics of stubborn old Donald as he tries in vain to resist the joy of the season, and laugh along with Mickey and Pluto as they learn a great lesson about the power of friendship. Now, through the magic of dazzling computer animation, your favorite Disney characters get a wonderful new look, so celebrate the holidays with this irresistible new collection of Christmas stories the whole family is sure to enjoy.
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24. Lucky Christmas (Hallmark)

by: Hallmark
Release date: Oct 30, 2012
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Holly Ceroni, a single mom trying to get back on her feet, is crushed when she learns her winning lottery ticket is in the glove compartment of her recently stolen car. Mike Ronowski, the construction worker behind Holly’s missing property, goes along with a plan to befriend Holly and coerce her into giving him half her winnings. Mike unexpectedly falls for Holly and learns there are more important things than money just in time for the holidays.
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25. Christmas Angel

by: Pure Flix Entertainment
Release date: Oct 23, 2012
Run Time: 98 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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This Christmas, Olivia Mead has one wish: that her single mom (Teri Polo) would find someone that she can call dad. She and her classmates soon discover that the answer to all their wishes lies inside a mysterious abandoned house. Within the house they discover Elsie Waybright (Della Reese), the Christmas Angel. Elsie tries to teach Olivia that some requests must be left to God. As Christmas day approaches, Olivia receives an unwelcomed answer, the suspicious Dr. Nathan Davis ( Kevin Sorbo). This Christmas, will Elsie be able to teach Olivia and her friends to trust in God?
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