Arthur is an avid television and movie fan with horror being his favored genre. If you can name it, he has probably seen it. Twice.
There is something about holiday cartoons that sparks a feeling in me that I can't describe. It brings me back to when I was a kid and being able to watch all of the cartoons before the season was over was my primary concern. Things have sure changed, but I still can't wait to break out the Christmas classics every year. I pretend that it is for my kids, but these cartoons are just as much for me as they are for them.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I am pretty sure that I would be ostracized by society if I did not include this classic. Who doesn't love How the Grinch Stole Christmas? It is a wonderful story about the true meaning of Christmas with memorable characters from the legend himself, Dr. Seuss. You and every Who down in Whoville should see this one before December 25th.
Chuckle Wood Critters: The Christmas Tree Train
Out of all of the holiday cartoons I watched as a child, the ones that I most look forward to revisiting every year are the Chucklewood Critters specials. This particular special finds bear and fox cubs Buttons and Rusty on a train to the big city, obviously, craziness ensues and lessons are learned. It's only 23 minutes, but it still gets me every time.
Mickey's Christmas Carol
It seems as if every TV series, Character, or otherwise known media entity has done their version of A Christmas Carol. Most of them turn out sterile and repetitive, but that is not the case for this Disney classic. It is packed with all of Mickey's beloved friends, right down to Pete the Cat playing the Ghost of Christmas Future. They did a great job capturing the spirit of the story in less than 30 minutes. My family even has a set of stuffed dolls from the special that were cherished by me and are now cherished by my kids.
He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special
Ok, the title alone should have you scrambling to YouTube to try to find this one. It is every bit as corny as one would presume, but that is half of its charm. Skeletor even finds the true meaning of Christmas when he is forced to care for a couple of earth kids. If this one doesn't hit 80s kids right in the nostalgia nothing will.
A Garfield Christmas Special
Garfield has had his fair share of holiday specials but none are better than the Christmas special. It is all about the joys of Christmas, especially the joy of spending time with family. It is still hard not to tear up a little bit when Garfield delivers the old love letter to Grandma and then not laugh when Grandma tells everyone to mind their own business afterward. This is truly one which needs to be seen at least once every Christmas season.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The peanuts gang is another that has seen their fair share of holiday specials. I am not a huge fan of Peanuts, but I do like this particular special. The pretentious little kids take on the commercialization of Christmas while staying in true Peanuts form and who can forget Charlie's pathetic little Christmas tree. The soundtrack is also good enough that it was produced as an album that you can buy online.
Frosty the Snowman(1969)
This is a classic for anyone of any age. Based on the song of the same name, this animated special has been a favorite of generations. They have made sequels and remakes of Frosty and, while they are not bad features, they do not have the same magic as the original classic.
A Claymation Christmas
Kid's today don't even know the number of singing raisins that are missing from their lives. This Claymation special has lost its following through the years and only a few of us left actually remember how great this special is. I showed it to my 6-year-old and she had to watch it a few more times because she loved it so much. Maybe there is hope yet that a new generation will love this special.
Cabbage Patch Kids First Christmas
This is a cute special with a heartwarming ending. It stars the still recognizable Cabbage Patch Kids as they try to find parents for an orphan and foil the plot of some fiendish robbers. Though Cabbage Patch Kids may not be as popular as they once were, the kids in your house will still love these adorable little protagonists.
A Disney Christmas Gift
Way back in 1983 Disney got the great idea to compile many of their Christmas shorts into one amazing special and A Disney Christmas Gift was born. In true Disney fashion it is hard to find a decent copy of this special, but if you can it is definitely one that should be watched every year.