Top 10 Animated Christmas Films

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Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.
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December 9th, 2013

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Top 10 Animated Christmas Films

Although movies studios tend to bring out new fare for movie lovers to enjoy each holiday season, several animated Christmas films that manage to withstand the test of time. These films often become holiday favorites that fans love to revisit each year to experience the joy they bring. Some of these movies are just plain fun to watch, while others teach some type of lesson about embracing the spirit of the holiday season.

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The first film on the list is the 1966 classic ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas.'' This film, based on the book by Dr. Seuss, has become a holiday staple for many families. The film tells the story of the citizens of the town of Whoville and their mean mountain-dwelling neighbor, the Grinch. This movie has a very Scrooge-like feel, which could be the reason why it has become so popular over the years. Everyone loves watching a bitter Christmas hater rediscover his holiday spirit as he opens his heart to the joy around him.

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Next on the list is Disney's version of ''A Christmas Carol.” The 1983 film, ''Mickey's Christmas Carol,'' features Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit and Scrooge McDuck as the movie's lead character, Ebenezer Scrooge. This delightful retelling of the classic holiday story shows fans that Christmas is the season to give and bring joy to others.

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''The Nightmare Before Christmas'' from 1993 is a blend of two of the best holidays, Christmas and Halloween. The leader of Halloween Town, Jack Skelington, becomes obsessed with everything to do with Christmas, so he tries to take over the holiday. By the end of the film, fans learn that it's better to be thankful for what they already have instead of wishing for what someone else has.

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The 2004 film ''The Polar Express'' is a 3D journey to the North Pole starring Tom Hanks. Through a magical train ride to see Santa Claus, the film manages to teach viewers a number of valuable lessons about the holiday spirit. Viewers learn about teamwork, perseverance, and belief by watching as the characters' adventure unfolds.

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The holiday classic ''Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,'' created in 1964, is based on the popular Christmas song about the title character. After facing constant teasing from his fellow reindeer, Rudolph feels like he doesn't belong, but this film shows fans that being different isn't a bad thing and that those differences can still allow them to shine brightly.

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''Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas'' from 1999 is another holiday favorite fans love. This movie features a collection of three short stories to get everyone in the holiday spirit and teach them valuable lessons to live by. The first segment is a story starring Donald Duck's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The naughty trio learns that Christmas is about kindness and love, not gifts. The second segment stars Goofy and his son Max in a tale that shows the power of having Christmas spirit and belief. The movie's final segment features Mickey and Minnie Mouse in a retelling of the story ''The Gift of the Magi.” Viewers see the beauty of selflessness and friendship, which can serve them all year long.

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''A Charlie Brown Christmas'' from 1965 is a great film that goes against the commercialism of Christmas. This classic short film shows viewers the simple joys of the holiday season.

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The 2001 film ''Arthur Christmas'' is simply a fun time for the whole family. Viewers get to see Santa's son Arthur head out to save Christmas on Christmas Eve. The film doesn’t try to teach any big, important lessons, but it does show the importance of family, especially during the holiday season.

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''A Christmas Carol'' from 2009 is one of the most recent remakes of the popular holiday classic. This version features Jim Carey as the voice of Scrooge and turns the usual storyline into a comedy that keeps viewers laughing while still teaching an important lesson about giving to others and sharing the holiday spirit.

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The 1997 film ''Babes in Toyland'' is a remake of the original films from 1934 and 1961. This musical adventure is most notable for its magical toy characters who turn this movie into a holiday treat. The story follows the main characters, Jack and Jill, as they journey throughout Toyland. The film shows viewers that perseverance, friendship, and love can win any battle.