Saturday, December 5, 2009

Children of All Ages - Part I & Part II

C'mon, you know you still watch them...I do.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Color
25 min.
I don't think there is anyone in America under the age of 50 and who has owned a TV set at sometime in their life, that has not seen this animated special. And how many of us have seen a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree somewhere in their travels. Heck, I used to own one.

The Polar Express (2004) Color
100 min.
(from Netflix)
A young boy with shaky faith finds it strengthened after he makes his way by train to the North Pole, where he finds reason to believe not only in others, but most importantly in himself.

Jingle All The Way (1996) Color - Starring - Arnold Schwarzenegger
89 min.
(from Netflix) Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this hilarious holiday romp as a harried dad charged with procuring the toy of the year. To accomplish his mission, he matches wits with a sleazy Santa impersonator, a stressed-out mailman and a horde of parents also at the end of their collective rope. Anyone who's ever gone through hell and high water for a Tickle Me Elmo doll will find much to love here.

The Angel Doll (2002) Color
93 min.
(from Netflix) Whitey and Jerry, two boys who become close friends while delivering newspapers in the 1950s South, set out on a difficult adventure to find a special angel doll to give Whitey's sick younger sister as a Christmas present. As they meet colorful characters along the way, the two young heroes find themselves confronting grown- up problems, such as theft and prejudice.

A Christmas Story (1983) Color - Starring - Peter Billingsley
93 min.
(from Netflix) Humorist Jean Shepard's nostalgic view of Christmastime in Indiana during the 1940s is a holiday classic. Nine-year-old Ralphie desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas and wages an all-out campaign to convince his reluctant parents that the toy is safe. Meanwhile, as Ralphie prepares for the big day, his brother has a strange relationship with food, and his dad fights the never-ending furnace battle.

I didn't see this movie until a few years ago, all this time I've been missing a treat. My daughter loves this movie and we have watched it every year since.

The Best Christmas Pagent Ever (1983) - Color
48 min. Animated
(from IMDB) This is a made for tv adaptation of Barbara Robinson's novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Grace Bradley who inherits the job of running her church's Christmas pageant when the woman who usually does it breaks her leg tripping over the extremely long wire she has on her telephone.

Not only does Grace inherit this disaster it gets worse when the Herdman kids - all six of them. The Herdmans are notorious for abusing each other and stealing from and abusing other kids as well. They smoke, steal, lie, bully and generally create havoc in their town.

Their father disappeared years earlier and mother works two shifts at the shoe factory to support herself and the kids while the kids run wild.

But this WILL be the best Christmas pageant ever when the Herdman kids learn the Christmas story and about the true meaning of Christmas.
Hard to Find

Part II

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) - Color
26 min.
(From Netflix) Embittered, green-haired hermit the Grinch lives in the mountains above the village of Whoville. The Whos love Christmas, and the Grinch hates the Whos, so he conspires to keep Christmas from coming. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is enjoyable on every level.

Unaccompanied Minors (2006) - Color - Starring Tyler James Williams, Wilmer Valderrama 90 min.
(From Netflix) Five disparate kids snowed in at the airport on Christmas Eve learn some lessons about friendship in this quirky teen comedy. In a bid to get back to their families, awkward Spencer, wealthy Grace, tomboy Donna, geeky Charlie and shy Beef -- try to outsmart a disgruntled airport official

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) - Color - Dudley Moore
108 min.
(From Netflix) This is the delightful story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves at the North Pole. There he is entrusted with wonderous, special powers.

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970) - Color
51 min.
(From Netflix) A friendly postman tells the story of Kris Kringle, an orphan taken in by a family of toymakers. Despite the grouchy protests of Burgermeister Meisterburger and the Winter Warlock, Kringle decides to bring some yuletide joy to the children of Sombertown.

Laurel & Hardy: March of the Wooden Soliders (1934) - B&W
77 min.
Alternate Title: Babes in Toyland
(From Netflix) The meanest man in town, Silas Barnaby threatens to kick Widow Peep out of her shoe unless her daughter, Bo-Peep, agrees to marry him. But Bo-Peep loves Tom-Tom, the piper's son, so it's up to Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee to come to the rescue, with the life-size wooden soldiers they mistakenly made in the toy factory.

The Year without a Santa Claus (1974) - Color
53 min.
(From Netflix) Tired of a world where children have lost the Christmas spirit, Santa decides to sit out the Yuletide. Can Mrs. Claus and the elves convince Santa to load up his sleigh?

Elf (2003) - Color - Will Ferrell
93 min.
(From Netflix) When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve and is inadvertently transported back to the North Pole, he's raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. After growing up to be a misfit who never quite fits in, the outsized elf decides to go to Manhattan and find his real dad.

1 comment:

Alyce said...

Love the list! We like Mickey's Christmas Carol as well as Elf, The Grinch, Charlie Brown & Polar Express. And we absolutely love the marathon of A Christmas story on Christmas Eve!

There's really only one part of Elf that we don't let our boys watch yet and that's the part where the fake Santa has his beard ripped off by Buddy (my kids still like to go and sit on Santa's lap). We just conveniently change the channel for a couple minutes while a commercial is on. :)