This Christmas, take some time to beef up your holiday DVD collection. When you consider buying Christmas movies and specials there are tons of animated characters which have specials during the holidays. Dora the Explorer, Sponge Bob, Garfield, Mickey Mouse, The Grinch, The Flintstones and Charlie Brown all have choices. You should probably go with your own children’s tastes when picking Christmas DVDs for your kids.
“Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas”
Disney’s take on “Twice Upon a Christmas” is a montage of five segments revolving around Disney’s principle characters and the Christmas spirit. Each character learns valuable lessons about the meaning of the season. One of the joys of this DVD is the computer generated animation instead of traditional 2-D.
“Max & Ruby–A Merry Bunny Christmas”
Max & Ruby is a series of animated episodes geared for pre-schoolers which follow the adventures of rabbit siblings. Ruby is a few years older than Max as she tries to instruct him in the ways of being a bunny. Max usually responds with only one or two words at a time. “A Merry Bunny Christmas” follows their adventures as they buy Christmas presents for Grandma, decorate a tree and shovel snow. The first two episodes of the DVD are about the holiday and four more are winter-themed. The other six episodes all talk about Max & Ruby’s holiday hijinks.
“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is a classic television presentation from 1964 which is still an endearing classic shown on television every year. Animators used stop-motion effects to film the hour-long show. Everything about “Rudolph” is perfect from Burl Ives’ narration and singing to the lessons about being a misfit.
“Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas”
Jim Henson is one of the most popular children’s storytellers of all time. “Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas” was adapted from a book and made into a television special in 1977 by the Muppets. DVDs have continued to come out on anniversaries of the special. Emmett Otter and his mother make the best out of Christmas as they enter a talent show to try to win some money to have a nice Christmas. What they learn along the way is a lesson in what the holidays really mean for each other.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Perhaps one the most recognizable Christmas specials for kids is about a bunch of losers. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is about turning an utter failure into something positive. After the cast of the local Christmas play refuses to listen to Charlie Brown’s directorial instructions he goes out to find a Christmas tree. When his pals discover Charlie Brown was doing the best he could with what he had, they decorate his skimpy tree and wish him a Merry Christmas.